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Int J Yoga. 2019 May-Aug;12(2):91-95. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_45_18.

The Psycho-linguistic Effects of Yoga: A Lexical Analysis of Shifts in Positivity, Agency, and Creativity.

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Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Abstract

Introduction:

Yoga is understood in the scientific community as a powerful de-stressor. Reduced stress has been linked to improved mood, increased agency, and enhanced creativity.

Objective:

This study investigates these potential psychological effects of yoga by comparing two lexical data sets, composed of nearly 3000 words collected before and after yoga classes.

Methods:

Each word is scored along three dimensions: positivity, agency, and creativity. Positivity is calculated using SentiWords Sentiment Dictionary 1.0; agency is determined by grammatical categorization; and creativity is viewed as a function of the set distribution.

Results:

Analysis reveals a shift toward more positive and less agentful self-reporting after practice. No significant difference is found in creativity.

Conclusion:

This study provides insight into how yoga alters thought processes and affects the mental health of practitioners.

KEYWORDS:

Agency; creativity; mental health; positivity; yoga

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