In this paper, I (S. L. Deibert) share my story of discovering the relationship between reflexivity, autoethnography, and yoga through a meaningful experience. Yoga has been an important influence on my physical and mental well-being for over a decade, but I did not consider its implications in my academic life until I was asked to write a reflexive assignment for a course. The task was exploring who I am in connection to my master’s thesis project; the challenge was finding a starting point for my reflexive journey of self-discovery. Frustrated by the latter, I turned to yoga for refuge; instead of escaping the assignment, I found that my quest for self-exploration was intertwined with my yoga practice. The purpose of this paper is to delve further into my experience with yoga as a medium for developing reflexivity. Using autoethnography, I share my journey of developing critical thinking through a narrative related to my yoga class experience. Linking my research to my yoga practice allowed me to better understand myself as a person and researcher, become mindful of how my own views shape my experiences, and develop a deeper level of critical reflection. Overall, this work demonstrates the experience of a connection between yoga, reflexivity, and autoethnography, and adds to the sparse literature exploring the intersection of these three.
autoethnography, reflexivity, yoga
We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Robert Schinke for developing the assignment that initiated the lead author’s reflexive journey. We are also grateful to Ms. Willa Paterson for instructing the yoga class that inspired the narrative presented in this paper.
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Deibert, S. L., Ritchie, S. D., Oddson, B., Michel, G., & Tetzlaff, E. J. (2021). Reflexivity Through a Yoga Class Experience: Preparing for My Health Promotion Without Borders Excursion to Mongolia. The Qualitative Report, 26(5), 1401-1410. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4371