Date of Award


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Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Yoga Studies

School or College

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Lori Fazzio


Derived from the ancient mind-body practice and congruent with western scientific studies, the 8-Week Program to Support Undergraduate Academic Aptitude draws specific modalities from the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition for helping lower undergraduate anxiety, depression, and stress. The program emphasizes use of physical postures, breathing exercises, basic mediation, and philosophy. Selectively chosen, the clinically researched techniques create physiological shifts for offsetting anxiety and depression in undergraduates, two factors known for adversely affecting students’ health and academic readiness. The main goal of the program is to educate a student to use Yogic tools intelligently and effectively for emotional, mental, and physical health to support quality of life and flourishing academically. A student’s health, wellness, and happiness are key contributing factors to staying engaged with an institution and student attainment.