Yoga in the workplace manages stress and reduces heart disease
According to the CDC, the leading cause of death in the US is heart disease. A major contributor to cardiovascular disease is chronic work-related stress, especially when compounded by a sedentary work environment (Cheema et al., 2011). Yoga is a time tested holistic intervention that helps reduce stress, by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and reducing cortisol levels. The performance of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation at the workplace is a convenient and effective way to mitigate stress and inactivity, which are so closely tied to disease. In addition to improved physical fitness, by incorporating a weekly work-site yoga program the psychological health status of employees improves, including quality of life, diminished anxiety, and increased job satisfaction. Cheema BS, Marshall PW, Chang D, Colaguiri B, Machliss B. 2011.
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