The effectiveness of yoga in the work place 1

The effectiveness of yoga for the improvement of well-being and resilience to stress in the workplace

By Ned Hartfiel et al

This research by Ned Hartfiel et al looks at how ‘improving well being and resilience to stress are key issues facing many organisations’. It states that it is believed that stress is one of the primary threats influencing health and therefore has an immense effect on long and short term sickness absence in the workplace. The research also explains that there are studies which indicate “strong links between stress and conditions such as anxiety, depression, heart disease, back pain, head-aches and gastro-intestinal disturbances”. Ned Hartfiel et al go on to point out that this relation between stress and these other conditions undoubtedly have implications on not only the individual’s and their loved ones health and psychological well-being but also has a great impact on the organisation they work at.

The research method adopted by Ned Hartfiel et al in this study was a randomised controlled trial at a British University. 48 employees were recruited and randomised into:

  1. Yoga Group – offered 6 weeks of Dru yoga comprising of 60 minutes per week
  2. Controlled Group on a waiting-list – received no intervention during the 6 weeks study.

Results of this study identified that the group who undertook the short programme of Dru Yoga techniques showed considerable increase in enhancing their wellbeing and resilience to stress in the workplace.

Results showed:

Reduced:

Back pain

Headaches

Neck tension

Anxiety

Stress

Depression

Improved:

Resilience to stress

Energy levels

Mental clarity

Concentration

Happiness

Patience

Self- Confidence

To read the full article on the research please click on Dru Yoga for improving wellbeing and resilience to stress