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A comparative randomised controlled trial of the effects of Brain Wave Vibration training, Iyengar Yoga and Mindfulness on mood, well-being and salivary cortisol

Bowden, Deborah; Gaudry, Claire; An, Seung Chan and Gruzelier, John. 2012. A comparative randomised controlled trial of the effects of Brain Wave Vibration training, Iyengar Yoga and Mindfulness on mood, well-being and salivary cortisol. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1741-427X [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This randomised trial compared the effects of Brain Wave Vibration (BWV) training, which involves rhythmic yoga-like meditative exercises, with Iyengar yoga and Mindfulness. Iyengar provided a contrast for the physical components and mindfulness for the “mental” components of BWV. 35 healthy adults completed 10 75-minute classes of BWV, Iyengar, or Mindfulness over five weeks. Participants were assessed at pre- and postintervention for mood, sleep, mindfulness, absorption, health, memory, and salivary cortisol. Better overall mood and vitality followed both BWV and Iyengar training, while the BWV group alone had improved depression and sleep latency. Mindfulness produced a comparatively greater increase in absorption. All interventions improved stress and mindfulness, while no changes occurred in health, memory, or salivary cortisol. In conclusion, increased well-being followed training in all three practices, increased absorption was specific to Mindfulness, while BWV was unique in its benefits to depression and sleep latency, warranting further research.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/234713

Additional Information:

The support of the Korean Institute of Brain Science is gratefully acknowledged to include a postdoctoral fellowship for the first author.

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2012Published

Item ID:

11340

Date Deposited:

24 Feb 2015 10:42

Last Modified:

30 Jul 2018 14:11

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11340

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