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Int J Yoga. 2018 Sep-Dec;11(3):215-223. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_57_17.

The Impact of Yoga Nidra and Seated Meditation on the Mental Health of College Professors.

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Department of Physiology, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brasil.
Department of Physical Education, Laboratory of Biosciences of Human Kinetics, LABIMH, Tiradentes University, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brasil, Thailand.
Trika Research Center, Phu Ruea, Thailand.
Federal Institute of Pará, Tucurui, PA, Brasil.
Department of Psychology, ESTÁCIO\FASE, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brasil.



World statistics for the prevalence of anxiety and mood disorders shows that a great number of individuals will experience some type of anxiety or mood disorder at some point in their lifetime. Mind-body interventions such as Hatha Yoga and seated meditation have been used as a form of self-help therapy and it is especially useful for challenging occupations such as teachers and professors.


In this investigation, we aimed at observing the impact of Yoga Nidra and seated meditation on the anxiety and depression levels of college professors.

Materials and Methods:

Sixty college professors, men and women, aged between 30 and 55 years were randomly allocated in one of the three experimental groups: Yoga Nidra, seated meditation, and control group. Professors were evaluated two times throughout the 3-month study period. Psychological variables included anxiety, stress, and depression.


Data analysis showed that the relaxation group presented better intragroup results in the anxiety levels. Meditation group presented better intragroup results only in the anxiety variable (physical component). Intergroup analysis showed that, except for the depression levels, both intervention groups presented better results than the control group in all other variables.


Prepost results indicate that both interventions represent an effective therapeutic approach in reducing anxiety and stress levels. However, there was a tendency toward a greater effectiveness of the Yoga Nidra intervention regarding anxiety, which might represent an effective tool in reducing both cognitive and physiological symptoms of anxiety.


College; Yoga; meditation; mental health; professor

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