Yoga is emerging as a clinical and non-clinical practice across the United States. Many researchers have found positive impacts of using yoga as an intervention to help with mental health issues, specifically to reduce anxiety and stress. This research strives to review the current literature on yoga interventions being used and how these interventions impact the individual. This investigation is designed to determine the benefits yoga has on individuals who participate in the practice. Furthermore, the research will review how anxiety impacts college students and what these symptoms may look like. The purpose of this research is to explore the effects of a yoga classes on social work students who experience anxiety. This qualitative study will examine the current literature and research revolving around yoga and what effects yoga has when used as an intervention. The goal of the research is to determine if there is an effect on social work students’ anxiety while participating in a basic yoga class. After conducting a ten week yoga program with social work students, the impact on their anxiety levels is shown to be positive.
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This dissertation is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work
Thesis (MSW in Social Work)—Ferris State University, Community College Leadership Program, 2017.