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Intentionality and Hatha Yoga: An Exploration of the Theory of Intentionality, the Matrix of Healing—a Growth Model

Deary, Lauri BSN, RN, RYT; Roche, Joan PhD, RN; Plotkin, Karen PhD, RN; Zahourek, Rothlyn PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a02e0

Hatha yoga increases self-awareness and well-being. Intentionality is creating motivation and then action. This qualitative study explored intentionality during hatha yoga sessions using narrative analysis. The results supported and expanded Zahourek's theory of intentionality, the matrix of healing, and provide new insights into intentionality in healing.

Baystate Health, Springfield, Massachusetts (Ms Deary and Dr Roche); and School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Drs Roche, Plotkin, and Zahourek).

Correspondence: Lauri Deary, BSN, RN, RYT, Professional Development Department, 3rd floor, Baystate Health, 280 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01199 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

The authors thank Mary Brunton, RN, MSN, director of Clinical Practice and Spiritual Services, for her support of this scholarly nursing research initiative. This study was funded by Baystate Health, a Nursing Magnet institution. The authors thank Scott Smith for customizing the database for the research team.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.