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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 3-12

Psychophysiological effects of yoga on stress management among medical and allied health professional students during COVID-19 pandemic: A narrative review


1 Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies-Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
2 Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies-St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
3 School of Medicine, American University of Integrative Sciences, Bridgetown, Barbados

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Bidyadhar Sa
Centre for Medical Sciences Education, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
Trinidad and Tobago
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/aihb.aihb_28_21

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The impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has raised health concerns worldwide. Medical and allied health professional schools are seeking ways to alleviate stress and improve the quality of life among students. The effects of yoga have proven to be successful against stress. The review aimed to examine the psychophysiological effects of yoga on stress management among medical and allied health professional students during COVID-19 pandemic. The authors reviewed existing literature and official documents, which mostly focussed on the effect of yoga among medical and health professional students. Mental stress among these students is known to be higher than that of the general population. Sudden changes due to the pandemic are likely to have a significant impact on these students. Uncertainties concerning teaching, learning and assessment generate stress and anxiety, and social distancing further contributes to loneliness. Yoga has gained recognition not only in improving mental health and quality of life, but it also helps in improving respiratory and immune health. Although many published studies examined the psychophysiological effects of yoga among health professional students; only a few medical and allied health professional schools have incorporated yoga into an integrated curriculum for a holistic approach. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the use of yoga for stress reduction and immune modulation should be considered as a complement to other treatments. There is a need to integrate yoga into medical and health science curricula to prepare physically fit and mentally sound prospective healthcare professionals.


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