There is increasing evidence of students benefiting from yoga as well as teacher. Imagine classrooms where everyone received 5 – 10 minutes of breathing and meditation at the beginning of the day. Yoga teaches more than just a means of moving the body, especially when breathing, meditation, focus, and sound techniques are involved in the practice. These practices help everyone to learn self-soothing and self-regulating.
This study, conducted in India, explored the effects of yoga on mental well-being among primary school teachers. Researchers looked at two different aspects: if age or gender predicted baseline levels of mental well-being and anxiety and whether yoga improved well-being and anxiety.
A total of 302 teachers participated in this study. They received 240 minutes of yoga practice and 120 minutes of yoga theory each day for 15 days. Researchers found that gender was indeed a predictor for mental well-being score and anxiety, with females showing higher anxiety scores and lower mental well-being scores. The yoga led to a significant increase in mental well-being and decrease in anxiety.
Read the abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31640779