Vol. 8, Issue 7, Part C (2022)
General health, depression and anxiety among students practicing yoga and not practicing yoga
The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit root “yuj” which means union, or yoke, to join, and to direct and concentrate one's attention. (Laster J, Raub, J.A. 1997, 2002) Regular practice of yoga promotes strength, endurance, flexibility and facilitates characteristics of friendliness, compassion, and greater self-control, while cultivating a sense of calmness and well-being. (Collins, C 1998, McCall T. 2007)  Student’s mental health issue is a raising around the globe which needs to be addressed. Universities around the world are faced with an increasing prevalence of mental health problems among their students (Auerbach et al., 2018; Hunt & Eisenberg, 2010). As mental health issues raise most of the feel face depression and anxiety. These mental health issues needs to be addressed at the right time and help the young people to cope with such issues. The objective of the study was to find the difference among the students those practicing yoga and not practicing yoga with regard to their general health, depression and anxiety. The sample consisted of 60 college students among which 30 were practicing yoga and 30 students were not practicing yoga. A purposive sampling technique was opted for the study. The mean, SD, and “t’ was computed using appropriate statistical measures. The results revealed that the students practicing yoga had good general health, did not have any symptoms of depression and anxiety than those not practicing yoga.