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Ervaringen van (ex)kankerpatiënten met yoga

Mulder, S.L. (2013) Ervaringen van (ex)kankerpatiënten met yoga.

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Abstract:Purpose: Several studies reported positive effects of yoga on the quality of life of cancer patients. However, little is known about cancer patients’ perspectives regarding yoga and the perceived effects. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore cancer patients’ motives for practicing yoga, physical and psychosocial experiences of practicing yoga, and perceived outcomes. Methods: Participants (n=45) following yoga classes for cancer patients were asked to participate in focus group interviews, of whom 29 participated (25 women and 4 men). The focus groups (n=5) were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed and into key issues and themes. Results: Mean age of the participants was 53.8 (SD 10.8) years. The majority was diagnosed with breast cancer (n=18). Main motives for participation in yoga were the wish to pay more attention to one’s body, relaxation, the will to be physically active and being more flexible. Also coping with anxiety and depression and contributing to their cancer rehabilitation process played a role in choosing yoga. Main experiences of yoga mentioned by patients were regaining body awareness, raising attention to the inner self, relaxation, better access to emotions and finding recognition and understanding. Frequently mentioned effects of the yoga classes were: more attention to the here and now, mental strength, increased energy and improved breathing. Emotionally, yoga brought positive emotions and increased coping with anxiety, stress and pain. Furthermore some patients mention an increase in self-esteem, self-acceptance and resilience. Conclusion: Patients with various types of cancers described several positive experiences and effects through yoga practice. The results suggest that it is worth considering yoga as an option to offer to cancer patients as a supportive care program. The presented study is a first exploration and to generalize these findings and obtain more information about the interactions between the effects, future studies are warranted.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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