A Preliminary Investigation Into the Effect of Yoga Practice on Mindfulness and Flow in Elite Youth Swimmers

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 Liverpool John Moores University
  • | 2 Yoga Inspiration
  • | 3 Amateur Swimming Association
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Research has indicated positive effects of mindfulness training as a performance-based intervention and of yoga on mindfulness. This study examined the effects of a 10-week yoga intervention on mindfulness and dispositional flow of elite youth swimmers using a mixed methods design. No significant changes in mindfulness and dispositional flow were identified. Qualitative data suggested that the 10-week yoga intervention had a positive impact on a range of physiological, cognitive, and performance parameters that included elements of mindfulness and flow. Methodological considerations for future research are discussed.

Briegel-Jones, Knowles, and Eubank are with the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Giannoulatos is with Yoga Inspiration, Manchester, UK. Elliot is with the Amateur Swimming Association, Loughborough, UK.