Commitment and motivation in practicing yoga among adults in Kuching, Sarawak

Cheah, W.L and Chang, Kam Hock and Muhammad Affan, Azmi and Najihah Ayuni, Md Hamsani and Yek, En Ci and Yeap, Yi Ni (2017) Commitment and motivation in practicing yoga among adults in Kuching, Sarawak. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 16. pp. 81-87. ISSN 0975-1068

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This study aims to identify the motivational factors that influence yogis and their commitment in yoga in Kuching. A cross-sectional study was conducted using the Self-Motivation Scale (SMS 28) and Sport Commitment questionnaires. A total of 109 respondents participated with a mean age of 40.1 years (SD = 10.16), mean Body Mass Index (BMI) of 23.1 kg/m2 (SD = 3.98). There were more female respondents, accounting for 86.2 % of total participation. More than 40 % of the participants were Hatha yoga practitioners. Those who were above 40 years of age were found to have higher intrinsic motivation (mean = 4.3, SD = 0.55) and extrinsic motivation (mean = 3.9, SD = 0.65) as compared to the younger age group (p < 0.05). Similarly, those who practiced yoga for more than 5 yrs were found to have higher extrinsic motivation (mean = 4.0, SD = 0.78) compared to those who practiced for a shorter duration (p < 0.05). This survey found that intrinsic motivation remains the highest motivation in practicing yoga, indicating its potential role in helping yoga practitioners in sustaining their practices. Both intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation were found to be associated with sport commitment. More promotion on the goodness of yoga should be carried out to encourage all segments of society regardless of age, gender and races into practicing yoga.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yoga, Motivation, Commitment, Nutritional status, Yoga practice, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 03:58
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 03:08

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