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.
|Commitee:||Mitten, Denise, Montgomery, Joe|
|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|
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