Independent studies have recently carried out on the potential benefit of yoga and meditation as a way for college and university students to cope with stress and anxiety associated with exams. Interestingly; both studies reported very good result in only a short period of 6 weeks in starting Yoga.
Impact of a Yoga and Meditation Intervention on Students’ Stress and Anxiety Levels-was published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2019 Jun; 83(5)
Enrolled college students in a six-week pilot program that consisted of a 60-minute vinyasa flow yoga class once weekly. This was followed by a guided meditation delivered by trained faculty members at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy.
Students completed pre- and post-intervention questionnaires to evaluate changes in the following outcomes: stress levels, anxiety levels, and mindfulness skills. Students experienced a significant reduction in stress and anxiety levels after completing a six-week yoga and meditation program preceding final examinations.
The researchers concluding that results suggest that adopting a Mindfulness based practice for as little as once per week may reduce stress and anxiety in college students.
Medical Students’ Stress Levels and Sense of Well Being after Six Weeks of Yoga and Meditation- Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2016.
Measured levels of perceived stress and sense of wellbeing before and after a six-week yoga and meditation program.
After the yoga intervention, self-assessment survey results showed a significant improvement in feelings of peace, focus, and endurance. Improvements in happiness, positivity, personal satisfaction, and self-confidence were also seen. An improvement in unsubstantiated parameters such as patience and fatigue was observed.
The researchers concluding -Yoga and meditation may be effective in reducing stress levels and improving aspects of personal wellbeing in medical students.