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A Preliminary Investigation Into the Effect of Yoga Practice
on Mindfulness and Flow in Elite Youth Swimmers

Katie Giannoulatos has worked with John Moore’s University and the Amateur Swimming Association to provide a research study on how Yoga methods are proving to be key skills in improving athlete’s performance both at the physical and mental levels. The research paper is published with the Sport Psychologist, 2013, 27, 349-359

Research has indicated positive effects of mindfulness training as a performance-based intervention and of
yoga on mindfulness. This study examined the effects of a 10-week yoga intervention on mindfulness and
dispositional flow of elite youth swimmers using a mixed methods design. No significant changes in mindfulness
and dispositional flow were identified. Qualitative data suggested that the 10-week yoga intervention had
a positive impact on a range of physiological, cognitive, and performance parameters that included elements
of mindfulness and flow. Methodological considerations for future research are discussed.
Richard M.H. Briegel-Jones, Zoe Knowles, and Martin R. Eubank
Liverpool John Moores University
Katie Giannoulatos
Yoga Inspiration
Diane Elliot
Amateur Swimming Association

The Sport Psychologist, 2013, 27, 349-359
© 2013 Human Kinetics, Inc. http://www.TSP-Journal.com
Briegel-Jones, Knowles, and Eubank are with the Research
Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores
University, Liverpool, UK. Giannoulatos is with Yoga Inspiration,
Manchester, UK. Elliot is with the Amateur Swimming
Association, Loughborough, UK.