Effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention on cortisol and behavior in second- and third-grade students: a pilot study
Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine
Short Title: J.Evid Based.Complementary Altern.Med.
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2014
Pages: 41 - 49
Sources ID: 44691
Notes: LR: 20170220; CI: (c) The Author(s) 2014; GR: R34 DA032756/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States; GR: 5R34DA032756-02/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States; JID: 101556804; WI4X0X7BPJ (Hydrocortisone); NIHMS679020; OTO: NOTNLM; 2014/11/22 06:00 [entrez]; 2014/11/22 06:00 [pubmed]; 2016/04/05 06:00 [medline]; ppublish
This uncontrolled pilot study examined the effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention on cortisol concentrations and perceived behavior in children. A 10-week Yoga 4 Classrooms intervention was implemented in one second-grade and one third-grade classroom. Students' salivary cortisol responses were assessed at 3 time points. Classroom teachers also documented their perceptions of the effects of the intervention on students' cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Second, but not third, graders showed a significant decrease in baseline cortisol from before to after the intervention. Second and third graders both showed significant decreases in cortisol from before to after a cognitive task, but neither grade showed additional decreases from before to after a single yoga class. The second-grade teacher perceived significant improvements in several aspects his/her students' behavior. The third-grade teacher perceived some, but fewer, improvements in his/her students' behavior. Results suggest that school-based yoga may be advantageous for stress management and behavior.