Awareness about yoga asana and its benefits among undergraduate medical students: A descriptive study
Dr. Mani Kathapillai
Background: India has a vast diversity of Yoga practices, which can be traced back as early as past 5000 years when Ayurveda was being practiced. In-spite of India being the birth place of “Yoga”, the benefits of Yoga have not reached each and every one of us. The reason could be lack of awareness, interest and misconceptions about the practice of Yoga. Aim: This study aims to know the extent of awareness of Yoga Asana among the undergraduate medical students and its benefits towards ensuring physical, mental and psychological well-being. Materials & Methods: It will be a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted among undergraduate medical students of Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute for a period of 2 months. Universal sampling method will be employed. Sample Size: Based on the study conducted in Mangalore among pre-clinical medical students, a prevalence of 50% was observed with regard to knowledge and benefits about Yoga. Taking that into account, sample size will be: N = 4 pq / L2 = 4 × 50 ×50 / 8 × 8= 123.45 = 156.25 (approximately 150). Inclusion and Exclusion criteria: 150, I year under graduate students of Shri Sathya Sai Medical College will be included. Unwilling students will be excluded. A close ended questionnaire will be used to collect the data regarding awareness and benefits of yoga. A pre designed and pre tested proforma was used to collect data about the participants knowledge about the awareness and benefits of Yoga. Data analysis will be done by SPSS version 26 and excel 2007 software. Implications: Considering the fact that the medical students are more prone for stress during their curricular training, knowledge and awareness about Yoga Asana can play an immensely significant role. Further, based on the study findings, a sensitization program about YOGA may be planned for the benefit of the students.
Dr. Mani Kathapillai. Awareness about yoga asana and its benefits among undergraduate medical students: A descriptive study. International Journal of Yoga, Physiotherapy and Physical Education, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2019, Pages 20-23