Benefits of Yoga for Psychosocial Well-Being in a US High School Curriculum

| August 31, 2015

Benefits of Yoga for Psychosocial Well-Being in a US High School Curriculum

Considering yoga’s stress-busting effects, one would think that high-schoolers might benefit from the practice. And now, a study shows that yoga does confer benefits to teens. The research is published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Researchers conducted their study on 51 junior and senior high school students. Some of the students did a 10-week yoga PE class, and some did a regular PE class.

The yoga PE class included Kripalu yoga, which included meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises, along with yoga poses. The researchers found that by the end of the study, the teens who did yoga scored higher on some of the psychological tests, while the teens who didn’t do yoga scored worse on some of the tests. For example, teens who did not do yoga during their PE classes scored higher for mood problems or anxiety, while those who did do yoga scored lower on these tests, or their scores remained the same from the beginning of the study period.

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