A study conducted with a group of medical school students revealed lowered stress overall in addition to less stress on the mornings of exams.
Significantly fewer students in the experimental group (those who received the yoga treatment) failed their exams than in the control group.
Students in the experimental group said that they had a better sense of well-being, improved concentration, self-confidence, and lower levels of irritability.
Stress typically describes a negative concept that can have an impact on one’s mental and physical well-being, but it is unclear what exactly defines stress and whether or not stress is a cause, an effect, or the process connecting the two.
With organisms as complex as humans, stress can take on entirely concrete or abstract meanings with highly subjective qualities, satisfying definitions of both cause and effect in ways that can be both tangible and intangible.