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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: May | Volume: 8 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 23-27

Effect of Yogic Asanas on Anxiety and General Well Being of Nursing Students

Poonam Anand1, SS Chandla2, Rajeev Dogra3

1Postgraduate student, Deptt, of Physiology, Pt. B. D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak
2Professor, Deptt, of Physiology, Pt. B. D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak
3Professor and Head Clinical Psychology, Deptt. Of Psychiatry, Pt. B. D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak

Corresponding Author: Poonam Anand


Context: Yoga has been known for its physical and mental benefits. Yoga is a combination of asana, pranayama and meditation. Yogic asanas are gaining importance now a days by the way they train and discipline the mind. The research on the effects of only yogic asanas is limited. Hence, the present study focuses on exclusive yogic asanas practice.
Aim: Present study was conducted to find out the effect of yogic asanas practice on anxiety levels and general well being of nursing students.
Methods and Material: Thirty female nursing students of 20 to 30 years of age were selected randomly. They practiced a set of six yogic asanas for 6 weeks. Subjects were made to fill in Zung self rating anxiety scale, Beck anxiety inventory and Psychological general well being schedule before and after 6 weeks of asana practice.
Results: The data was analysed statistically using paired-t test. The results showed significant decrease in anxiety scores of Zung anxiety scale and Beck anxiety inventory. There was also significant improvement in general well being scores.
Conclusion: The study shows that Yogic asanas when regularly practiced for a period of 6 weeks causes reduction in anxiety and improvement in general well being among students, may be introduced in medical and paramedical curriculum.

Key words:Asana, anxiety, general well being.

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