Yoga shows psychological benefits for high-school students
Yoga classes have positive psychological effects for high–school students. Students completed a battery of psychosocial tests before and after the ten–week yoga program. In addition to tests of mood and tension/anxiety, both groups completed tests assessing the development of self–regulatory skills – such as resilience, control of anger expression, and mindfulness – thought to protect against the development of mental health problems. The tests of self–regulatory skills were not significantly different between groups. Although attendance was only moderate, the students rated yoga fairly high – nearly three–fourths said they would like to continue taking yoga classes.
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