Thursday, November 7, 2013

Why Yoga in the Workplace?

The average America worker is living with stress. Not only is yoga a technique to alleviate stress, yoga is also scientifically proven to reduce risk of various chronic health conditions.

The average American worker is stressed out. In a study conducted by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems, and over 75% employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.

In a national study conducted by Harris Interactive titled “Attitudes in the American Workplace VII,” 80 % of workers feel stress on the job and nearly want help learning how to manage stress. An alarming 35% of American workers say their jobs are harming their physical or emotional health and 42% say their jobs are interfering with their personal relationships.

According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga unites the physical and mental to achieve peacefulness of mind & body, and helps people relax while managing stress and anxiety. Not only have studies shown that yoga can help reduce stress, it can also enhance participants’ overall mood. Physically yoga enhances one’s flexibility and builds strength. Mentally it increases mental sharpness and reduces stress. Yoga is also recognized as a tool to reduce risk factors for major chronic diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure and might also help alleviate chronic conditions like pain and insomnia.

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