Yoga and science
The German University of Giessen performed a study for a period of two years, during which they were guiding participants of the Yoga Vidya teacher training. This large-scale study showed a number of transformation processes of participants during the training.
Here is an overview of the most important transformations that the student can make during the yoga teacher training:
- Change in lifestyle relating to diet and habits
- Increase of mindfulness and self-perception. This means: access to the natural needs of the body, a more intense and more conscious perception, quality of life in the here and now.
- An integration of spiritual experiences in daily life. Anyone who practices yoga sees sense in life, gains basic trust and security, develops compassion and understanding for themselves and others. Spirituality is therefore now seen in healthcare as an important tool for overcoming addictions / dependencies and dealing with setbacks
- Deeper meditative experiences
- Significant improvement in self-assessment, ie own capacity, talents and abilities are better observed and can develop. You gain strength and energy to achieve changes in daily life
- Having the feeling that you can control and direct situations instead of being totally dependent. This is recognized in stress research as an important remedy against stress sensitivity
In 2010, a study was done at the University of Witten / Herdecke on the impact of the 2-year Yoga Vidya teacher training. The following questions were posed to 200 participants:
- Does the inner attitude change of experienced yoga practitioners who follow the intensive practice of the 2-year Yoga Vidya teacher training?
- How do health-related aspects change, such as the quality of life, mood and attentiveness?
After six months the following improvements were noted:
- Inner contentment
- Inner peace
- Positive mood
- Mental health
- Awareness of oneself, others and the environment
- Insights, wisdom