Analysis of the effect of yoga practice on anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic
K Madhava Chandran, T Valsan, N Vijayaraghavan, B Sangeeth
The objective of this study was to analyse the effect of yoga practice on anxiety experienced by people during the COVID - 19 pandemic period. It was conducted among 220 randomly selected yoga practitioners having minimum of six months yoga practice from Kozhikode District of Kerala, India through a questionnaire containing the GAD-7 anxiety scale (Spitzer et al., 2006). Data was analysed as frequencies and scores using statistical techniques. The results reveal that even though anxiety has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic period when compared to before its occurrence, yoga has helped the practitioners in managing it. In the previous month of yoga practice, which is during the pandemic period, a total of 67.8% male and 55.6% of female yoga practitioners report either anxiety less than half of the time or no anxiety at all. Sex and the level of anxiety of the yoga practitioners before the pandemic significantly influence the anxiety experienced by them during the pandemic period. The results of the study indicate the usefulness of yoga practice to reduce the anxiety of people during the pandemic period, which may otherwise lead to psycho-somatic disorders, if the pandemic continues and increases in severity in the days to come.