Perceptions of a Yoga Intervention at a Brazilian University: Self-Knowledge, Wellbeing, Mind-Body Balance, Relaxation, Thoughtfulness, and Body AwarenessPamela Siegel*, Luis Geraldo da Silva, Michelle J. Barreto, Andrea V. Gonçalves, Soraia Maria de Moura, Livia Bartolomei and Nelson Filice de Barros
Department of Collective Health/Faculty of Medicine, State University of Campinas, Brazil
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- Pamela Siegel
Department of Collective Health/Faculty of Medicine/State University of Campinas, Brazil
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Received date: October 03, 2014; Accepted date: October 29, 2015; Published date: November 06, 2015
Citation: Siegel P, da Silva LG, Barreto MJ, Gonçalves AV; de Moura SM, et al. (2015) Perceptions of a Yoga Intervention at a Brazilian University: Self-Knowledge, Wellbeing, Mind-Body Balance, Relaxation, Thoughtfulness, and Body Awareness. J Yoga Phys Ther 5:188. doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000188
Copyright: © 2015 Siegel P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The incorporation of yoga into the national health systems has been encouraged by the World Health Organization. In Brazil yoga was included in the Unified Health System (SUS) through bill 719 which created the Academy of Health Program in April 2011. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the Yoga and Health Promotion Program which took place in the second semester of 2012 and of which 16 lecturers, workers and students of the State University of Campinas participated. The subjects received a trigger question to comment on. Thematic analysis was applied and six themes emerged from the participants’ narratives: self-knowledge; wellbeing; mind-body balance; relaxation; thoughtfulness and body awareness. In conclusion, although the results are not generalizable, none of the participants declared to have had a negative perception of the yoga practice.