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Impact of short yoga intervention on health science students’ perceptions about yoga


A. Deshpande ,

Director, Padma Yog Sadhana, a unit of Terna Pubic Charitable Trust, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, IN
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S. Chari

Professor, Director, Research and MET Unit, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur, Maharashtra, IN
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Introduction: Efficacy of yoga in health science education is well documented. It has shown to be beneficial for students at physical, psychological, social and spiritual levels. Aim of this study was to identify the beliefs and attitudes of health science students about yoga and to determine the impact of short yoga intervention on students’ perceptions about yoga with respect to future yoga practice.

Methods: A structured questionnaire was administered to 1st year medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing students (N= 278) for pre and post interventions. The intervention comprised of 10 hours yoga sessions including yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and yoga nidra. Guidance on healthy lifestyle and holistic wellbeing was also given.

Results: 97.2 % students believed that yoga helps in keeping optimum fitness with balanced physical, mental and spiritual health. Students acknowledged various physical benefits of yoga, predominantly flexibility (97.3%), stamina (94%) and optimum weight (96.3%). Relaxation (96.7%), improved memory (95.9%) and reduction in stress (92.1%) were the dominant perceived psychological benefits. Perceived dominant barriers in practicing yoga weretime management (71.9%) and lack of motivation (65.1%). There was significant difference in the motivation and time management for yoga in pre and post intervention (p value< 0.001).

Conclusion: Health science students had overall positive attitude towards yoga and health. Short yoga interventions did not have significant impact on perceptions of students about benefits of yoga, but helped to overcome barriers by providing motivation and effective time management. Incorporating yoga in health science education will help future professionals to adopt positive health and disseminate the same to their patients and community.

How to Cite: Deshpande, A. and Chari, S., 2016. Impact of short yoga intervention on health science students’ perceptions about yoga. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 10(2), pp.83–86. DOI:
Published on 01 Dec 2016.
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