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Yoga Benefits

“Health is wealth, Peace of mind is Happiness.   Yoga shows the way”Swami Vishnu-devananda

 

Perceived Benefits of Yoga Intervention by College Students:An Exploratory Study

Tania G. Bayne, M.S., Jamie D. Aten, Ph.D., J. Andy Smith, Ph.D., & Tammy Greer, Ph.D.

The University of Southern Mississippi

 

INTRODUCTION

      • Yoga is a practical philosphy that involves every aspect of a person’s being: physical, psychological and spiritual (Iyengar, 2003).
      • Yoga-based interventions have been found to have diverse effects including diminished stress (West et al., 2004), decreased anxiety and depression (Pilkington et al., 2005) and improved concentration (Woolery, 2004).
      • College students have unique concerns and needs, such as social adjustment, stress management and academic performance that yet need to be better addressed by university counseling centers (Rubin & Feeney, 1986; Milligan, 2006)

    College students have unique concerns and needs, such as social adjustment, stress management and academic performance that yet need to be better addressed by university counseling centers (Rubin & Feeney, 1986; Milligan, 2006)

      • Deep sense of physical and mental relaxation
      • Improved mental clarity and concentration
      • Increased body awareness and self-care
      • More energy and a better mood throughout the day
      • Decreased habitual/emotional reactivity
      • A better understanding and use of mindfulness practices
      • Improved work/study performance
      • A new positive perspective in life

    The study has been presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) in San Francisco in August 2007 and is submitted for professional journal publication.