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Title: The inter-dependence between beliefs and feelings about a yagna: a correlational study
Authors: Bhardwaj, Abhishek K
Tyagi, Deepshikha
Telles, Shirley
Singh, Nilkamal
Balkrishna, Acharya
Keywords: Yagna;Mind-body interventions;Positive feelings
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8:A 61K 31/185, A61K 31/19, A61K 38/00, A61K, B64C 13/46
Abstract: Yagnas are an integral part of ancient Indian traditions. There are textual descriptions that attending a yagna results in psycho-physiological benefits. This correlational study intended to correlate beliefs that a yagna does have beneficial effects with self-rated feelings in terms of calmness, compassion and warmth towards other people, physical relaxation and physical tiredness following the yagna. There were 172 participants including 116 patients and 56 caregivers who attended a yagna performed in a residential yoga therapy camp. In general, beliefs about positive effects were positively correlated with positive feelings. The single negative feeling assessed (i.e., feeling physically tired) did not correlate with beliefs about the benefits of the yagna. Hence, when considering subjective responses to any intervention which has philosophical and spiritual components, it is desirable to assess participants’ beliefs about the intervention.
Page(s): 25-29
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.16(Suppl) [June 2017]

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