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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 329023, 9 pages
Research Article

Inner Correspondence and Peacefulness with Practices among Participants in Eurythmy Therapy and Yoga: A Validation Study

1Center for Integrative Medicine, Chair of Theory in Medicine, Integrative and Anthroposophic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, Gerhard-Kienle-Weg 4, 58313 Herdecke, Germany
2Integrated Studies of Anthroposophical Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, Gerhard-Kienle-Weg 4, 58239 Herdecke, Germany
3Chair of Eurythmy Therapy, Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Villestraße 3, 53347 Alfter, Germany
4College of Nursing, Wayne State University, 5557 Cass Aveune, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

Received 20 January 2010; Revised 14 April 2010; Accepted 1 July 2010

Copyright © 2011 Arndt Büssing et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Several mind body medicine interventions require an active participation of the practitioners. We intended to develop a questionnaire to operationalize and measure the “inner correspondence” of individuals practicing Yoga or Eurythmy Therapy. In an anonymous cross-sectional study we enrolled 501 individuals (61% yoga). Exploratory factor analysis (study 1) of the 12-item instrument (Cronbach's a l p h a = . 8 4 ) pointed to a 3-factor solution, with one major scale and good internal consistency ( a l p h a = . 8 3 ) and two minor scales with weak internal consistency. To improve the quality of the main scale, we added 8 new items which were tested in a sample of 135 individuals (study 2: 71% Yoga). Factor analysis confirmed a 12-item single factor ( a l p h a = . 9 5 ), that is, Inner Correspondence/Peaceful Harmony with Practices (ICPH). The scale correlated strongly with mindfulness (FMI; 𝑟 > . 5 0 ), moderately with life and patient satisfaction (BMLSS; r between .32 and .43), and weakly negative with symptom score (VAS; 𝑟 = . 2 3 ). In conclusion, the scale ICPH was confirmed as a relevant tool to measure the inner correspondence and feelings of peacefulness with practices. It can be used in clinical studies to assess the efficacy of mind-body practices involving physical movements.