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The Effect of Yoga on Streess Anxiety and Depression among Turkish Adults A Preliminary Study

2015-01-01
Mehrtash, Shabnam
KOÇAK, MEHMET SETTAR
HÜRMERİÇ ALTUNSÖZ, IRMAK
This study investigated the psychological effects of yoga on adult’s mood such as stress, anxiety and depression. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) with 42 items (Lovibond and Lovibond, 1995) was used to examine participants’ psychological ailment prior to two weeks of yoga exercise and after the exercise. This scale was administered to 95 subjects in Middle East Technical University in Ankara/Turkey. For data analysis, SPSS version 21 and a paired sample T-test were used. The results indicated that there was a significant difference between stress, anxiety and depression scores before and after two weeks of yoga exercise. It might be concluded that yoga has positive effects on individual’s psychological ailment and it may decrease the stress, anxiety and depression disorders.