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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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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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Yoga PI: Dosage & Administration

Medications for depression & anxiety are taken daily for about 2 weeks to see improvement in symptoms and 6 weeks for maximum effect. If you are practicing yoga for mental health, the benefits of yoga can be seen early on but can take time to achieve the full benefits. In a perfect world yoga would be dosed daily, much like an antidepressant. In the real world, daily practice can be challenging. A panel of experts got together to set recommendations on yoga.

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Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness is the art of just doing one thing at a time. If you read job-postings for employment in the United States, it is common to see “must be able to multi-task” and “be able to work under pressure” listed among necessary qualifications. The truth is juggling a hundred things during the day leads to chronic stress and reduced productivity. Multi-tasking is a thing of the past. Uni-tasking is the cool thing to practice now!

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Workshop: Yoga for Depression

Explore how yoga can help you manage depression with a community of your peers. This workshop provides you with the time & space to reconnect with your body, breath & mind. Learn energizing yogic techniques that help you lift the depressed mood. Explore yoga practices and observe how they affect your mood.

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