Can Classroom-Based Yoga and Meditation Workshops Lead To Psychological Benefits in College Students? Insight from Two Studies Conducted in India (77083)

Session Information: Mental Health & Therapy
Session Chair: Garima Rajan

Thursday, 28 March 2024 13:55
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Two studies were carried out to document the effectiveness of classroom-based yoga-meditation workshops in college students of India. Study 1 had 45 college students (40 men and 5 women; Mage = 21.42 years; SD = 0.97) who participated in a meditation- and yoga-based “Inner Clarity” workshop and Study 2 had 37 college students (32 men and 5 women; Mage = 21.24 years; SD = 0.68) who participated in the “Mind, Body, and Heart” workshop. Participants were from an engineering institute in Delhi organized by the value education department. Standardized tests including Multidimensional Flourishing Scale, Sat-Chit-Ananda Scale, Web Executive Functioning Scale, Adult Executive Functioning Scale, Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire- Short Version, and Difficulties in Emotion Regulation, Life Orientation, and Savoring were administered via Google Forms for pre–post testing to examine the psychological effectiveness of the workshops. Both workshops lasted for 6 days with its schedule spanning roughly 12 hours each day starting with pranayama, suryanamaskar, and yoga asanas followed by lecture sessions. Results showed statistically significant differences for pre–post test scores with small and medium to very large effect for different variables using paired t-test. The findings of the present study have been discussed in light of the existing research. This study provides evidence to include such meditation workshops in the curriculum of college students to combat negative emotions, enhance positive emotions, and achieve better emotional regulation and peace of mind to lead a more productive and happier life.

Garima Rajan, FLAME University, India
Kamlesh Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Garima Rajan is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at FLAME University, Pune, India in India

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00