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Online Yoga Instruction Improves Resilience in Athletes During the COVID -19 Pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 30 August 2022 / Approved: 31 August 2022 / Online: 31 August 2022 (14:33:54 CEST)

How to cite: Shivanand, I.; Dewan, N.; Kathuria, H.; Verma, S. Online Yoga Instruction Improves Resilience in Athletes During the COVID -19 Pandemic. Preprints 2022, 2022080549 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0549.v1). Shivanand, I.; Dewan, N.; Kathuria, H.; Verma, S. Online Yoga Instruction Improves Resilience in Athletes During the COVID -19 Pandemic. Preprints 2022, 2022080549 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0549.v1).

Abstract

The mental and emotional health of an athlete is crucial for their performance and well-being. Sports-related stress can significantly impair that mental health. Yoga of Immortals (YOI) is a unique combination of specific yogic postures, breathing exercises, sound therapy & meditation, which has demonstrated benefit in improving measures of mental health. This study used the Sports Mind Inventory (SMI) to examine whether YOI can improve the resilience of athletes to sports-related stress. Participants were a diverse set of athletes based in Mauritius who routinely engage in a wide range of athletic activities. Participants were randomly assigned to receive four weeks of YOI or no intervention. Both groups completed the SMI questionarie at baseline and again after four weeks. The YOI intervention significantly increased the total mean SMI scores by 14%, indicating improved sports resilience and psychological health. No improvement was observed in the control group. This study demonstrates that YOI is a promising intervention in improving sports related stress.

Keywords

Yoga of Immortals (YOI); atheltic performance; Dewan Sport Inventory; Sports resilience

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Sport Sciences & Therapy

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