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 […]
Stop! Thief! Depression is a tricky and stealthy bastard. Depression is like a professional burglar who had been casing out my brain for quite some time. To this day, I still don’t know if this thief snuck in one night and cleaned house or pulled a trick out of Andy Dufresne’s book in Shawshank Redemption […]
1 in 4 people in the US suffer from depression in a given year ~National Institute of Mental Health You are not alone 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. […]
Yoga practices: yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) & mindfulness meditation (MBSR) have shown to reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comparable to other therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as being effective in combination. Research indicates yoga helps to: improve mood improve tolerance of physical & sensory experiences improve self-efficacy improve self-esteem increase emotional awareness increase psychological […]
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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.
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 […]
30-50% of the general population is affected by insomnia & 10% have chronic insomnia. Yoga therapy has been shown to be beneficial & has fewer side effects as other conventional therapies. Yoga is an effective treatment option for patients with insomnia. There was a significant improvement in the stress scores & the self confidence scores […]
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.
March is MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Awareness Month. While the search goes on to find a cure, yoga can help MS patients improve their quality of life.