Understanding the Barriers to Implementing Tele-Yoga Intervention for Stress Management in Post-Graduate University Students: A Qualitative Study

Swathi Iyer, MPhil; Hemant Bhargav, PhD Raghavendra Bhat, PhD



Context • Healthy lifestyle practices among young adults are vital in preventing the deterioration of quality of life and mental health disorders. Tele-yoga can be a tool to reduce stress and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors but there are barriers to its wide-scale applications.

Aim This study aims to identify barriers to implementing tele-yoga intervention for stress management among post-graduate university students studying management in Bengaluru, India.

Settings and Design • 55 university students, aged 20 - 30 years, who dropped out within one month from a free 45-minute tele-yoga program offered by the college were enrolled. Out of these dropouts, 38 consenting participants were interviewed individually to understand the barriers to completing tele-yoga program.

Methods • A qualitative study was designed with an individual one-on-one interview to gain an in-depth understanding of barriers to tele-yoga practice. A thematic representation of the discussion was arrived at. The barrier score for each concern was computed by adding the count of responses which was then converted to percentile.

Results • Out of 12 barriers, stress due to exams (34%) was the top-most barrier followed by time constraints (26%), network issues (9%), issues waking up in the morning (7%), and space constraints (7%).

Conclusion • Barriers to implementing tele-yoga intervention for stress management are predominant among young adults. Future tele-yoga studies in this population should consider addressing these barriers. (Adv Mind Body Med. 2024;38(4):9-14.)


Swathi Iyer, M Phil (Management), Pursuing PhD (Yoga); Research Scholar, Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, S-VYASA, Bengaluru, India. Hemant Bhargav, PhD (Yoga); Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, India. Raghavendra Bhat, PhD (Yoga);  Professor, Department of Yoga, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India.

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