Effects of a yoga nidra on the life stress and self-esteem in university students

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 May;35:232-236. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.03.004. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

Abstract

Objectives: To assess the effects of a yoga nidra on life stress and self-esteem in university students.

Methods: This study is a non-equivalent control group pretest-posttest design. Forty university students were selected by convenience sampling, with 20 assigned to a yoga nidra group and 20 to a control group. The yoga group participated in bi-weekly, 1-h sessions of yoga nidra for 8 weeks. Life stress intensity level was measured using a 10 cm Visual Analog Scale. Self-esteem score was measured by Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale.

Results: The yoga nidra group showed significantly decreased life stress intensity levels compared to the control group. The yoga group also showed significantly increased self-esteem scores compared to the control group.

Conclusions: These findings indicate that yoga nidra could alleviate the life stress intensity level and increase the self-esteem in university students.

Keywords: Life stress; Self-esteem; Yoga nidra.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Universities
  • Visual Analog Scale
  • Yoga / psychology*
  • Young Adult