Is Yoga effective in well-being sensation?


Negin Hadi 1 , * , Nahal Hadi 2

1 Associate Professor Department of Community Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

2 Instructor Department of Microbiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

How to Cite: Hadi N, Hadi N. Is Yoga effective in well-being sensation?, Hormozgan Med J. 2006 ; 10(3):e90126.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 10 (3); e90126
Published Online: July 05, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 02, 2005
Accepted: July 05, 2006


Introduction: Yoga means unity of body and mind which has been as traditional
medicine in the East for 3-5 thousands years and recently it is utilized as a
complementary/alternative medicine in the West. Many surveys have been
undertaken to evaluate the physiologic function and positive effects of yoga in
physical, mental and social health.
Methods: This semi-experimental study was conducted on 107 volunteers attending
yoga classes (44 male, 63 female) in yoga society center (Fars province) with mean
age of 34±7. The participants filled SF-36 questionnaire before yoga exercise and
then attended classes 2 days a week for 6 months. After final session, they again
answered the questionnaire. Data was analyzed by paired t-test, one way ANOVA
and SPSS software (ver.11) regarding P<0.05 as significant.
Results: According to statistics, significant improvement was observed in all 8
items related to physical, mental and social health and also general physical and
mental health indices in SF-36 questionnaire (in which validity and reliability was
defined previously). This improvement was in all age, gender and educational
groups. There was no statistically significant difference between various age,
gender and educational groups.
Conclusion: As reported in other studies, Yoga as a subjective, mental and
physical practice can improve well-being sensation. For more definite results,
controlled trials should be undertaken.



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