Subjective effect of Yoga practice -- "The Art of Living" -- On the
well-being of the general population

P. S. Manju Lakshmi & P. Mahendran
Department of Psychology
P.S.G. College of Arts & Science (Autonomous)

The effectiveness of the yoga programme "Art of living" - which comprises basic methods of breathing, asanas, sudharsan kriya and an effortless living technique, has been seen on the subjective well-being of the general population. A sample of 30 subjects who were undergoing the training were approached individually and assessed for their well-being. The Subjective Well-being Questionnaire developed by Nagpal and Sell (1985) was used for the purpose. One group before-after design was followed and the training effect was statistically analysed for its significance with the help of paired 't' test. The results indicated that the yoga programme induced the practitioners to enhance their transcendence feeling and expectation-achievement congruence, improve the feeling of family group support and social support. There was also an increase of confidence in coping and improvement in primary group concern, decrease in inadequate mental mastery and expectation-achievement discrepancy. No significant difference was seen on the dimensions of perceived ill health, general well-being, positive affect, deficiency in social contacts, negative affect, and adequacy of social contacts.

This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002