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Experimental Design for Transforming Student Life after COVID-19 with Mind-Body Practices

Shivani Agrawal, Neelam Balekar


Background: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-being and academic performance of students have faced unprecedented challenges. Objective: This study explores the transformative potential of mind body practices pranayama and meditation as holistic interventions to enhance student resilience and success. Method: The study included 50 participants who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected and assigned into control (n=25) and experimental (n=25) groups with a simple random sampling method. The mental well-being and academic performance of students assessed using Short Warwick-Edinburgh Well-Being Scale and Academic Performance Scale. Physiological Parameters, Mental well-being and academic performance of the students were measured before and after the intervention. The Experimental group received daily 30 minutes integrated mind body practices for 2 months while control group received routine care. Descriptive statistics, mean and standard deviation were used to compare the results. Result: The study demonstrated the positive effects of a two-month pranayama and meditation program on students' well-being and academic performance. Physiologically, participants had better cardiovascular and respiratory health. Mentally, they showed improved positivity, productivity, and decision-making. Academically, students were more engaged and better at problem-solving. Overall, Pranayama and Meditation practices proved beneficial for students, fostering physical and mental well-being, and enhancing academic performance. Conclusion: Embracing post-COVID-19 mind-body practices like pranayama and meditation empowers students with mental strength, reduced stress, and improved physiology, benefiting academic and personal success in the new normal.


COVID-19, Mind-body practices, mental well-being, academic performance, physical health

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