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Int J Yoga. 2015 Jan;8(1):15-21. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.146049.

Effects of suryanamaskar on relaxation among college students with high stress in Pune, India.

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1
Department of Psychology, Fergusson College, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
3
FLOW- Social Science Research Organization for Health and Well being, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Suryanamaskar is a yogic practice widely practiced across India. Along with the available studies on physiology, there is a need to study its psychological effects.

AIMS:

This research aims at studying the effects of suryanamaskar on relaxation dispositions (R-dispositions) among college students with high stress in Pune, India.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

The present study was conducted in a college setting and used a randomized control group design.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A group of 419 college students (age 17-22 years) were assessed on stress symptoms using the ABC relaxation theory. A total of 124 out of 419 students who were identified as high on stress were randomly assigned to an experimental and control group. And 40 participants each in both the group completed the program and were assessed on R-dispositions and stress dispositions before and after the suryanamaskar program.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED:

Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to study the differences in R-dispositions and stress dispositions between the experimental and control groups.

RESULTS:

The experimental group was found to be higher on the R-dispositions of physical relaxation, mental quiet, at ease/peace, rested and refreshed, strength and awareness and joy and lower on sleepiness, and stress dispositions-somatic stress, worry, and negative emotion compared with the control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

It was concluded that suryanamaskar is effective in leading to R-Dispositions like physical relaxation, mental quiet, at ease/peace, rested and refreshed, strength and awareness and joy and reduces sleepiness, somatic stress, worry and negative emotion at a dispositional level.

KEYWORDS:

College students; relaxation; suryanamaskar; yoga

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