EXPLORING CHILDREN’S PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES: THE INFLUENCE OF YOGA ON THEIR WELL-BEING AND EVERYDAY LIVES
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The purpose of the study is to explore children’s experiences of yoga and its influence on their well-being and everyday lives. The study uses qualitative methods and thematic analysis is chosen as it provides flexibility to combine theoretical assumptions with qualitative data. Analysis is based on two focus group interviews that ask about children’s views of yoga, experience of doing yoga, feelings about yoga, any differences with other physical activities, and their experience before and after yoga. The children involved in the study appeared to experience yoga in different ways, but the majority of them agreed that yoga is a positive influence on their lives. The results of this study propose that according to children’s perspectives the practice of yoga supports physical fitness and is a calm, peaceful and relaxing activity and supports the children’s understanding of their capacity and competence and helped them to reduce unstable or negative emotions. Overall, children’s perspective of yoga shows the meaning of their view and experience both in the studio and in everyday life that will give some insights to yoga teachers and studio owners; and yoga practice might contribute to social support for children both physically and mentally.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 40 p.
Linköping University Interdisciplinary Studies, ISSN 1650-9625
children’s voices, children’s experiences, children’s perspectives, well-being, yoga
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125976ISRN: LIU-TEMAB/MPCS-A--15/009-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-125976DiVA: diva2:910820
Subject / course
Master's Programme in Child Studies (120 ECTS credits)
2015-09-04, Asklepios, Hus T, Linköpings universitet, 581 83, Linköping, 11:04 (English)