Impact of a short yoga intervention on medical students' health: a pilot study

Med Teach. 2009 Oct;31(10):950-2. doi: 10.3109/01421590902874063.


Background: Medical students often experience significant distress early-on in undergraduate training.

Aims: We aimed to demonstrate the impact of a brief structured yoga intervention on medical students.

Method: Fourteen first-year medical students participated in a 16-week yoga intervention pilot study. Students completed questionnaires at baseline, mid-intervention and end of the study.

Results: The students reported improvements in overall health, perceived stress and depressive symptoms following the intervention.

Conclusions: A yoga intervention may be effective in decreasing stress and improving general well-being in medical students.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / prevention & control
  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Depression / therapy
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Perception*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Yoga*