Yoga and science

Yoga Vidya Rotterdam

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

Yoga Vidya Rotterdam

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:

  1. Does the inner atti­tude change of expe­ri­enced yoga prac­ti­tion­ers who fol­low the inten­sive prac­tice of the 2-year Yoga Vidya teacher train­ing?
  2. 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
  • Mind­ful­ness
  • Aware­ness of one­self, oth­ers and the envi­ron­ment
  • Insights, wis­dom