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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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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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Depression. My Struggle was Real

Depression is a tricky & stealthy bastard. Depression is like a professional burglar who’d been casing out my brain for quite some time. To this day, I don’t know if this thief snuck in one night & cleaned house or pulled a trick out of Andy Dufresne’s book in Shawshank Redemption by slowly and steadily removing valuable pieces of my identity. I just woke up one day and noticed my drive, energy, self-esteem, motivation, happiness, joy & laughter had vanished.

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Depression. The Struggle is Real

If you are suffering with depression, know you are not alone. Depression is prevalent, roughly 16 million adults live with depression in the US, and does not discriminate between sex, socioeconomic status, age or ethnicity. Depression can affect anyone even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances. Depression is a serious medical condition not a weakness. Depression negatively affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. Depression affects the brain, you know that organ in your body that is in charge of controlling the rest of the body’s systems.

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Research: Yoga & PTSD

Yoga practices: yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness meditation (MBSR) have shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comparable to other therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as being effective in combination.

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Helpful Websites

American Psychiatric Association American Psychological Association (APA) Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Mental Health America (MHA) Find help in San Francisco National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) PsyCom Psych Central Psychology Today Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)…

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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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Ocean-sounding Victory Breath

Ocean-sounding victory breath (ujjayi) is a staple breathing exercise (pranayama) in yoga. Ujjayi can be practiced in a comfortable seated position, lying down or throughout a yoga asana sequence. Ujjayi both calms and energizes the body to create a state of mental alertness. The sound made while practicing ujjayi is similar to ocean waves which makes it easy for you to mentally transport yourself to the beach anytime and experience the calm it produces.

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