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Over the past fifty years, hundreds of scientific clinical trials have proven that yoga and meditation can have significant positive outcomes in the healing process in almost every medical and psychiatric condition that has been studied to date.
Yoga in the workplace has been the focus of more than twenty scientific studies, showing improvements in productivity, motivation, mental and physical well being, and workplace safety.
Here are some examples of the research being done around the world:
In 1973 the Yoga Biomedical Trust conducted a series of studies on 2,700 people that were to practice yoga. They had many diseases: alcoholism, asthma, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, rheumatism, bad back, insomnia, and other conditions. 70-90% of the participants found that yoga made them healthier.
For more than twenty years, doctors at the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation used Kundalini Yoga as a way of working with patients with Alzheimer's disease, and they have shown very good results. A medical study in 2010 conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found increased blood flow in the brain and reversal of memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients after only eight weeks of daily practice of a 12-minute Kundalini Yoga meditation.
A study done at the University of California Berkeley in 2001 showed yoga in the workplace relieved tension from stress, reduced pain, reduced risks of injury, reduced absentee days due to illness or physical problems, improved posture, improved communication, increased energy and attention span, and enhanced feelings of overall wellness and well being.
A workplace study conducted in 2002 in California found that yoga performed at the workplace is a convenient and practical outlet that improves work performance by relieving tension and job stress. At work employees face numerous psychological stressors that can undermine their work performance. These stressors, stemming from a variety of possible causes, have enormous health and financial impacts on employees as well as employers. Practicing yoga at the workplace teaches employees to use relaxation techniques to reduce stress and risks of injury on the job.
Yoga has become extremely popular over the last decade. Now is the time to take advantage of this healthy lifestyle trend and reduce health insurance costs by providing yoga services conveniently right at your facilities.