The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a four-week yoga and meditation intervention on the stress perception, anxiety levels, and mindfulness abilities of college students.
Methods. Students at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy took part in a trial program that lasted for six weeks and included a vinyasa flow yoga session that lasted for one hour once a week, followed by guided meditation that was led by staff members who had received training in the subject. Students filled out questionnaires both before and after the intervention to assess how their levels of stress and anxiety, as well as their mindfulness abilities, had changed. The questionnaire was made up of three different self-reporting tools: the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) (FFMQ). The numerical and categorical scales (low, medium, and high) for each instrument were used to evaluate the students' scores on each to determine whether or not there had been any changes from the initial baseline.
Results. The research was completed by seventeen volunteers, ranging in age from 19 to 23 years. There were thirteen female participants and four male ones. There were twenty-one students in all, with nine of them enrolling in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and the remaining eight in other academic programs. The levels of worry and tension reported by the students dropped greatly, while the students' overall mindfulness scores rose dramatically. The BAI and PSS showed substantial changes in categorical data from pre- to post-intervention, with no students scoring in the "high" category for stress or anxiety on the post-intervention questionnaire. These findings indicate that the intervention was successful. bing maps
Conclusion. Students who participated in a six-week yoga and meditation program prior to their final examinations reported lower levels of stress and anxiety following the completion of the program. According to the findings, engaging in a mindfulness practice even for a short period of time once a week may help college students feel less anxious and stressed. In order for administrators to better assist students' ability to care for themselves, they should think about the possibility of including into the curriculum non-pharmacologic techniques of stress and anxiety reduction education.