Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Yoga as Healing when Coping with Divorce
by Schlegel, Alice B., M.A., Prescott College, 2015, 84; 10002847
Abstract (Summary)

This research asks the question, How does yoga help women heal when coping with divorce? To answer this question, the researcher asked four women to tell their stories through interviews. Those interviews were then synthesized into narratives. The research was completed using the heuristic inquiry method as well as story-telling and photo elicitation. The heuristics method recognizes that the primary researcher has intimate knowledge of the subject. Therefore, the researcher became the fifth participant. Through cross-referencing the five stories, two primary and two secondary themes were uncovered. The primary themes were a connection to nature and the support of a community. The researcher presents the data as stories punctuated with photos self-selected by each participant. The themes are then further explored and corroborated using scholarly literature. This research will assist yoga teachers in supporting their students who are healing during or after divorce. It may also inform teaching practices and curriculum inside yoga classrooms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Finn, Jennifer
Commitee: Mitten, Denise, Montgomery, Joe
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Womens studies, Individual & family studies, Spirituality
Keywords: Healing from divorce, Heuristics, Photo elicitation, Yoga and narrative, Yoga as healing
Publication Number: 10002847
ISBN: 978-1-339-42211-4
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