Feasibility and outcome of an online streamed yoga intervention on stress and wellbeing of people working from home during COVID-19

Wadhen, Vipin and Cartwright, Tina 2021. Feasibility and outcome of an online streamed yoga intervention on stress and wellbeing of people working from home during COVID-19. Work. 69 (2), pp. 331-349. https://doi.org/10.3233/wor-205325

TitleFeasibility and outcome of an online streamed yoga intervention on stress and wellbeing of people working from home during COVID-19
TypeJournal article
AuthorsWadhen, Vipin and Cartwright, Tina
AbstractBACKGROUND: The outbreak of COVID-19 and its associated measures has resulted in a sizeable working population transitioning to working from home (WFH), bringing additional challenges, and increasing work-related stress. Research has indicated that yoga has promising potential in reducing stress in the workplace. However, there are very few studies exploring the impact of online streamed yoga on stress management for people-WFH. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility and outcome of an online streamed yoga intervention on stress and wellbeing of people-WFH during COVID-19. METHODS: A six-week pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) yoga intervention was designed with yoga (n = 26) and a wait-list control group (n = 26). A mixed two-way ANOVA was used to assess changes in standardised outcome measures at baseline and post-intervention. Likert and open-ended questions assessed enjoyment, acceptability and perceived benefits of the program, which were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Compared with the control, the yoga group reported significant improvements in perceived stress, mental wellbeing, depression and coping self-efficacy, but not stress and anxiety. Participants experienced physical and mental health benefits and reported high acceptability and enjoyment of the intervention. CONCLUSIONS: An online yoga intervention can help people WFH manage stress and enhance wellbeing and coping abilities.
KeywordsRehabilitation
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
JournalWork
Journal citation69 (2), pp. 331-349
ISSN1051-9815
1875-9270
Year2021
PublisherIOS Press
Publisher's version
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3233/wor-205325
Publication dates
Published in print24 Jun 2021

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