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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-95
The psycho-linguistic effects of yoga: A lexical analysis of shifts in positivity, agency, and creativity

Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Robin Blades
1141 Walnut St., Berkeley, California 94707
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_45_18

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Introduction: Yoga is understood in the scientific community as a powerful de-stressor. Reduced stress has been linked to improved mood, increased agency, and enhanced creativity. Objective: This study investigates these potential psychological effects of yoga by comparing two lexical data sets, composed of nearly 3000 words collected before and after yoga classes. Methods: Each word is scored along three dimensions: positivity, agency, and creativity. Positivity is calculated using SentiWords Sentiment Dictionary 1.0; agency is determined by grammatical categorization; and creativity is viewed as a function of the set distribution. Results: Analysis reveals a shift toward more positive and less agentful self-reporting after practice. No significant difference is found in creativity.Conclusion: This study provides insight into how yoga alters thought processes and affects the mental health of practitioners.

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