several new studies and clinical trials have shown the positive effects of corporate yoga on the body, brain and immune system. It stimulates the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which is responsible for the improved blood circulation and activation of restoration and healing process. Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system helps you calm down by directing the blood towards lymphatic drainage, digestive organs, and endocrine glands. It is also responsible for lowering blood pressure and heart rate. These changes can lead to better digestion and absorption of nutrients in food and release of toxins and free radicals from the body.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual science based on the combination of physical poses or asana and mental exercises intended to achieve liberation from sufferings. According to statistics by the American Council on Exercise, more than 15 million people in the United States practice yoga every day to center their minds, strengthen their bodies and help them relax.
There are several new studies and clinical trials that have shown the positive effects of yoga on the body, brain and immune system.
Positive effects of Corporate Yoga
It stimulates the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which is responsible for the improved blood circulation and activation of restoration and healing process. Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system helps you calm down by directing the blood towards lymphatic drainage, digestive organs, and endocrine glands. It is also responsible for lowering blood pressure and heart rate. These changes can lead to better digestion and absorption of nutrients in food and release of toxins and free radicals from the body.
The potent anti-depression and anti-stress effect is another way by which Corporate yoga helps soothe your brain and body. Regular yoga sessions can increase the production of feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and oxytocin. These hormones are responsible for feelings of happiness, relaxation, and contentment. Same neurotransmitter chemicals are targeted by anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs that increase their production and circulating levels in the blood. However, these drugs have their own potential adverse effects while practicing yoga has long been considered healthy to reduce stress and anxiety without any side effects.
Corporate Yoga Reduces anxiety and stress
In 2015, a study evaluated the effect of yoga on anxiety and stress response. The participants were divided into three separate groups including healthy people that are not practicing yoga, experienced yogis and people with fibromyalgia (a stress-related condition that causes people to be hypersensitive towards a pain response). Another study by the Johns Hopkins University in 2016 evaluated the effects of yoga classes on psychiatric patients. Patients with major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder were subjected to yoga classes for 12 weeks. They were asked to answer an extensive questionnaire before and after the sessions. The results showed that the average levels of depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and fatigue dropped by 55% throughout the participants in the study.
When a thumbnail pressure is subjected to these groups, people with fibromyalgia, as one would expect, perceived pain at a lower threshold compared to healthy people. Their MRIs also show an overactivity of the nerve signals in the areas of the brain associated with pain response. On the other hand, the professional yogis have the highest pain threshold and lowest activity in the pain response areas of the brain.
According to a German study of 2017, women were divided into two groups; a control group vs women with some sort of emotional disturbance. Both groups practiced two yoga sessions per week for three months. In the end, the women who described themselves as emotionally disturbed reported marked improvements. Their anxiety score improved by 30%, depression score by 50% and overall well-being score by 65%. Most of them also reported an improvement in a headache, backache and poor sleep quantity.
By Suria Carvalho
Suria is the founder and CEO of VeYogic Corporate Wellness LLC (VeYogic Wellness). She has developed VeYogic’s unique approach for corporate wellness. Suria has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and a Master’s in Communication (MA) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. later, she pursued a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand. In 2015, Suria completed her first 200 hours yoga teacher training (TTC) in Ashtanga Yoga. In 2016 she returned to India to further her education as a Yoga teacher. She then completed another 500 hours Hata Yoga TTC and worked as a yoga, pranayama, and meditation teacher at Nirvana Yoga Shala. She continued her journey in South East Asia and taught in Cambodia and in the Philippines, before returning to the United States. Suria currently lives in Washington DC and implements her yoga wellness programs in various local organizations.