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Effects of an 8-Week Yoga-Based Physical Exercise Intervention on Teachers’ Burnout

Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience, and Sense Organs, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70123 Bari, Italy
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2104; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042104
Received: 18 December 2020 / Revised: 8 February 2021 / Accepted: 12 February 2021 / Published: 16 February 2021
The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to investigate the efficacy of an 8-week yoga-based physical exercise program to improve mental and emotional well-being and consequently reduce burnout among teachers. We considered yoga because it is a discipline that enhances body awareness and encourages the contact with nature and the respect for every form of life, with a view to a more sustainable and greener global system. We recruited 40 professional educators (40–47 years), teachers in a public high school who reported perceiving signs of stress and emotional discomfort. We randomly assigned the 40 professional educators to either an experimental yoga practice (~60 min, twice a week) group (n = 20) or a control group (n = 20) that received a nonspecific training program (~60 min, twice a week). At baseline and after training we administered the Maslach Burnout Inventory: Educators Survey (MBI-ES) and the State Mindfulness Scale (SMS) to assess teachers’ perceived level of awareness and professional burnout. We found a significant Time × Group interaction for the MBI-ES and SMS, reflecting a meaningful experimental group improvement (p < 0.001). No significant pre–post changes were found in the control group. The results suggest that an 8-week yoga practice could aid teachers to achieve a greater body and emotional awareness and prevent professional burnout. View Full-Text
Keywords: mindfulness; sustainable physical activity; workplace stress; physical education; exercise; sustainable lifestyle mindfulness; sustainable physical activity; workplace stress; physical education; exercise; sustainable lifestyle
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Latino, F.; Cataldi, S.; Fischetti, F. Effects of an 8-Week Yoga-Based Physical Exercise Intervention on Teachers’ Burnout. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2104. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042104

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Latino F, Cataldi S, Fischetti F. Effects of an 8-Week Yoga-Based Physical Exercise Intervention on Teachers’ Burnout. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2104. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042104

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Latino, Francesca, Stefania Cataldi, and Francesco Fischetti. 2021. "Effects of an 8-Week Yoga-Based Physical Exercise Intervention on Teachers’ Burnout" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2104. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042104

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