Year of Publication


Date of Thesis


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational therapy; Yoga


Recent literature reported the effects of yoga on both physical and mental health as beneficial. Research on these effects related to college occupational therapy students is limited. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of yoga on stress and anxiety levels within senior year and first year graduate occupational therapy college population. The current research was conducted to compare the effects of yoga in a convenience sample of 11 college students engaged in yoga classes or independent fitness experiences over an 8-week period at a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Northeast region of the United States. This author predicted that yoga would have a greater effect on stress symptoms over general physical exercise. The research design was a pretest/posttest design; stress scales and qualitative measures were administered. Data analysis of additional weekly stress scales showed that yoga had a positive effect during preparation for and decompressing from stressful situations throughout the eight-week period. The sample size of this study was small, limiting the generalizability to a greater population. Yet, this research aligns with previous reported literature in that yoga clearly has a positive impact in reducing stress levels and suggests academic curricula implement prolonged teachings of stress management techniques.



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