Title

Examining the effects yoga has on stress in college students and middle-aged adults

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Kinesiology

College

College of Science

First Advisor

Alayna DeFalco

Second Advisor

Louis Keiner

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this study is to examine the results of a survey related to yoga and stress in respondents who have been consistently participating in yoga. Yoga has been seen to help reduce stress levels in people who actively participate in yoga. It will observe an overall sample of every respondent, as well as two separate groups. Group one is all college students taking an established course at Coastal Carolina University. The second group is middle-aged adults who attend the same yoga studio and participate in yoga in group classes. The survey anonymously evaluated the participants stress levels, how they relieve stress, how yoga impacts their stress levels, and ways in which yoga can be used to help with deal with stress. The results show that a majority of the participants use yoga for stress relief and find themselves more relaxed throughout their day after participating in yoga. They have learned new coping mechanisms, such as breathing techniques, through yoga to help them get through stressful situations. Future research could experiment with beginner yoga students and see how their stress levels change over time.

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