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Behav Cogn Psychother. 2009 Oct;37(5):595-8. doi: 10.1017/S1352465809990361. Epub 2009 Sep 15.

A pilot study measuring the impact of yoga on the trait of mindfulness.

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Yeshiva University, New York, USA.



The current study examined whether yoga would increase levels of mindfulness in a healthy population.


Forty-six participants were randomly assigned to an 8-week yoga intervention group or a wait-list control group. Mindfulness was assessed pre and post yoga, using the Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory (FMI).


Results indicate that the yoga group experienced a significant increase in Overall mindfulness, and in three mindfulness subscales; Attention to the present moment, Accepting and open attitudes toward experience, and Insightful understanding (p < .01). The control group experienced a significant increase in overall mindfulness (p < .02) and insightful understanding (p < .01). Findings suggest that a yoga intervention may be a viable method for increasing levels of trait mindfulness in a healthy population, potentially implicating yoga as a preventive method for the later development of negative emotional mood states (i.e. anxiety and depression). The control group also experienced moderate elevations of mindfulness at the second assessment.

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