Publication Date

7-2007

Abstract

The present study moves beyond traditional methods of conflict resolution and explores the phenomenon of the practice of yoga as a new methodology for resolving conflicts. The research question asked “What are participants’ experiences with yoga and conflict resolution?” was investigated in a qualitative manner while employing the phenomenological research method of semi standardized interviews. Using purposive sampling, certified yoga teachers were selected as participants for this study. Participants’ lived experiences with the phenomena of yoga and conflict resolution was the central focus of the interview questions and data collection.

The overall data analysis revealed several important elements of the practice of yoga, which participants identified as effective methods for resolving conflicts. Patterns from the elements evolved into a working methodology and a conceptual framework model emerged from the data. The conceptual framework model illustrates the conflict resolution process (pre-conflict, conflict, and post-conflict) using a specific methodology of yoga practices for each process.

The practical applicability of using the methodologies of yoga in the field of conflict resolution extends itself to potential educational and training models, outreach to various communities and integration of the two fields on global and interpersonal levels. Current review of the literature has indicated success in creating an effective training model using yoga techniques to assist individuals in disaster situations. The present study hopes the results can bring greater awareness into the field of conflict resolution and perhaps the possibility of using the application of a yoga methodology as an alternative to resolving conflict.

Disciplines

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Peace and Conflict Studies

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