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Yoga at Work

Mental health conditions (anxiety, depression, chronic stress) generate more than $104 billion in direct costs in addition to a rise in disability claims and lost productivity. Roughly 217 million days of work are lost annually due to productivity decline related to mental health conditions. Studies conducted in the corporate environment have shown that implementing mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) & yoga programs help to: reduce perceived stress, increase productivity, reduce presentee-ism & absenteeism, improve emotional & mental health, reduce disability claims, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate variability.

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Goldilocks & the 3 Yogis

“Yoga sucks!”

Is what I said after my 1st yoga experience. After my 2nd, my opinion about yoga did not improve and perhaps got worse. The fairy tale “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears”, a story of a curious girl who broke into a house and tried 3 bowls of porridge, sat on 3 chairs and laid in 3 beds before she found what was just right for her. This story is an analogy for my journey to discover yoga.

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Library

Check out some of these books for more information about Yoga & Mental Health: YOGA  PRACTICE 30 Essential Yoga Poses ~Judith Lasater Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On & Off the Mat ~Richard Faulds Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of…

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Twists

Twists or revolved (parivrtta) yoga poses can be practiced: standing, seated, reclined (supta) and inverted. Twisting poses help keep the spine healthy by squeezing and rehydrating the spongey disks between the vertebrae which tend to get compressed with age. Twists help to balance energy and relax the nervous system.

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ustrasana

USTRASANA aka camel pose is a backbend and chest opener. Practice this posture when you need to boost your mood & increase energy. Other benefits: lengthens quadricep & hamstring muscles; strengthens back muscles; opens shoulders & chest; increases lung capacity; and stimulates the thymus gland which plays a role in immune function.

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bakasana

Bakasana, also known as crow or crane pose is an arm balancing pose that helps to build confidence, balance and strength. Other benefits of the pose: strengthens shoulders, arms, wrists & core muscles and massages organs of the abdomen.

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Yoga & substance abuse

This week is SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of mental health and substance use disorders. Individuals with depression or anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from a drug abuse or dependence. Studies indicate yoga and mindfulness can be complementary therapies for addictions.

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Pranayama: Just Breathe

Just Breathe. We do it all day without thinking about it. Our autonomic nervous system takes care of our breathing without us having to think about it like a car on autopilot. Pranayama is simply taking control of our breath like we do when driving and override the car’s autopilot by taking control to tap on the brakes or step on the gas pedal to handle road conditions to be able to go with the flow of traffic. Pranayama practice gives us the ability to speed up or slow down our breath to help navigate our moods to find balance, energy or a sense of calm despite the potholes, detours and obstacles we encounter on the road of life.

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supta padangustasana

reclining hand-to-big-toe pose, hamstring stretch stretches & tones hamstrings * strengthens abdominal muscles * increases circulation in digestive system * prepares body for sitting, kneeling & standing postures MODIFICATIONS: Tight hamstrings?  Use a yoga strap looped around the instep of the foot of your lifted leg. Restorative: Practice pose with hips at a doorframe with 1…

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