Effect of yoga on mental health and emotional maturity of visually challenged students


Mental Health
Emotional maturity
Yoga & Visually challenge students


How to Cite

GAHLAWAT, S. (2013). Effect of yoga on mental health and emotional maturity of visually challenged students. Dev Sanskriti Interdisciplinary International Journal, 2, 01–07. https://doi.org/10.36018/dsiij.v2i0.14


The study was designed to examine whether practice of Yoga has a positive effect on the mental health and emotional maturity of visually challenged students. The sample consisted of 20 visually challenged students drawn purposively from a Govt. School for the Blind. The main objective of the study was to see the effect of yoga on mental health and emotional maturity of visually challenged students. A Yoga training programme was designed and the subjects were exposed to it for a period of four weeks. The effects of yoga on mental health of visually challenged students were measured by administering Singh & Gupta’s Mental Health battery whereas effects on emotional maturity were obtained by applying Singh and Bhargava’s Emotional Maturity Scale. The data was analyzed in terms of mean, S.D and t-test. The results indicate that on the whole the level of mental health and emotional maturity of visually challenged students improves after the practice of yoga. Significance differences were found between mean gain scores on all the dimensions of Mental health Battery and Emotional Maturity Scale. Hence, it can be concluded that yoga puts a positive effect on the mental health and emotional maturity of the practitioners. The study has its implications for school administrators, policy makers, parents, teachers, community leaders, and rehabilitation workers.



Alfermann, D. (2000). Effect of physical exercise on self-concept and well-being. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 31(1), 47-65.

Barota, D. & Anand, B. K. (2001). Yoga and medical sciences. Indian journal of physiology and Pharmacology, 35(2), 84–87.

Beaty, L. A. (1991). The effects of visual impairment on adolescents’ self-concept. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 85(3), 129-130.

Beaty, L. A. (1992). Adolescent self-perception as a function of vision loss. Adolescence, 27, 707-714.

Bhushan, L. (1998). Yogic Lifestyle and Psychological Well-being, Yoga Magazine, 9(3), 30-40. Munger, India: Sivananda Math.

Dubey, S. N. (2011). Impact of yogic practices on some psychological variables among adolescents. Indian Journal of Community Psychology, 7(1), 1-7.

Lindwall, M. & Lindgren, E. C. (2005). The effects of a 6-month exercise intervention program on physical self perceptions and social physique anxiety in non-physically active adolescent Swedish girls. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 6(6), 643-658.

Meighan, T. (1971). An investigation of the self-concept of blind and visually handicapped adolescents. New York: American Foundation for the Blind, (pp. 107-108).

Narasimhan, L., Nagarathna, R. & Nagendra, H. R. (2011). Effect of integrated yogic practices on positive and negative emotions in healthy adults. International Journal of Yoga, 4, 13-19.

Paluska, S. K. & Schwenl, T. L. (2000). Physical activity and mental health. Sports Medicine, 29(3), 167-180.

Pedro, V. (1987). Role of yoga therapy in Anxiety, neurosis and depression. Yoga Mimamsa, XXVI, 1.

Albeniz, P. D. A. & Holmes, J. (2000). Meditation: concepts, effects and uses in therapy. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 5, 49–58.

Rao, M. R., Nagendra, H. R., Raghuram, N. & Vinay, C. (2008). Influence of yoga on mood states, distress, quality of life and immune outcomes in early stage breast cancer patients undergoing surgery. International Journal of Yoga, 1(1), 11-20.

Shivjeet, K. (2005). Effect of yoga on feeling of well-being and mental alertness in the practitioner. (Unpublished M.Ed. Thesis). Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Singh, A. K & Gupta, A. S. (1971). Manual for mental health battery (MHB). Agra, India: National Psychology Corporation.

Singh, Y. & Bhargava, M. (1971). Manual for emotional maturity scale (EMS). Agra, India: National Psychology Corporation.

Thakar, K. R. & Sharma, S. P. (2012). Effect of yoga on educational achievement, mental development and physical health of secondary school students: A study. International Indexed & Referred Research Journal, 4(38), 3-4.

Triveni, S., and Aminbhavi, U. (1999). Impact of yoga practices on neuroticism, anxiety and depression. Praachi Journal of Psycho- Cultural Dimensions, 15(1), 83-85.

Ventis, D. C. (2002). Mental and physical health. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 31(5), 112-129.

Vijayarani, C. A. (2012). Influence of yogic practices on selected physiological and psychological variables of adolescent boys. Recent Research in Science and Technology, 4(2), 42-44.

Zilli, A. S. & Charli. (2012). Mental health among yogic and non-yogic practitioners. Indian Journal of Health and Well-being, 3(1), 295-297.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.