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. ~WHO Report 2004

~217  million days of work are lost annually due to productivity decline related to mental health conditions. ~Surgeon General Report

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
    • reduce heart rate variability (HRV)

..mindfulness-based & therapeutic yoga programs may provide viable and effective interventions to target high stress levels, sleep quality & autonomic balance in employees…. all 3 mind-body interventions showed significantly greater improvements in perceived stress, sleep quality & heart rate variability… (Wolever 2012)


REFERENCES

McCraty et al.  Impact of a workplace stress reduction program on emotional health in hypertensive employees. J of Alt & Comp Med. 2003. 9: 355-69
Wolever RQ, et al. Effective and Viable Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Occupational Health Psych. 2012 Apr; 17(2):246-58
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