Yoga an auxiliary tool in students’ lives: creating and re-creating balance in mindful bodies


  • Suki Phengphan Universitetet i Oslo
  • Tiril Elstad University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine
  • Wenche Bjorbækmo OsloMet



Student mental health is a global public health issue. This study was carried out on the premise that yoga constitutes a low barrier health-promoting activity of relevance for students. Data was generated through individual interviews with five students, aged 20-27, participating in a 12-week yoga program. Informed by phenomenology and somaesthetics the findings show how practicing yoga involves learning and establishing new habits across several dimensions. The findings shed light on the broader significance of yoga as a self-care practice with the potential to promote young people’s health, well-being and equilibrium in life.

Author Biographies

Suki Phengphan, Universitetet i Oslo

M.Sc. from The University of Oslo, Department of Health and Society. At the time working as teacher in primary school.

Tiril Elstad, University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine

Elstad is at the time working as a medical doctor at: Department of Bærum Hospital, Vestre Viken Trust, Sogneprest Munthe-Kaasvei 100, 1349 Gjettum, Norway