Yoga, its health benefits, and the search for the true self
McCoy, Colleen M.
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The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experience of yoga practitioners, and their search for the true self. The research questions guiding this study were: 1) How does a yoga practitioner describe the concept of the true self? 2) How does a yoga practitioner describe the experience of the true self while engaged in a yoga practice? 3) How does a yoga practitioner describe the experience of the true self in everyday life? I interviewed three yoga practitioners for this qualitative study. The participants were purposively chosen. Heideggerian phenomenology was the method employed to examine the lived experience of the true self. The overall themes that emerged from the data include 1) the value of yoga, 2) the body as a vehicle for the self, 3) relationships, 4) the self versus the true self, and 5) transformation.