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An Analysis on Various Impacts of Yoga on Stress, Anxiety, Physical Health Management: a Short Reviews |

Rekha Rani, Dr. Kishore Kumar, in International Journal of Physical Education & Sports Sciences | Physical Education, Health, Fitness & Sports


Stress and anxiety have been implicated as contributorsto many chronic diseases and to decreased quality of life, even withpharmacologic treatment. Efforts are underway to find non-pharmacologictherapies to relieve stress and anxiety, and yoga is one option for whichresults are promising. The focus of this review is on the results of humantrials assessing the role of yoga in improving the signs and symptoms of stressand anxiety. Evaluation of the current primary literature issuggestive of benefits of yoga in relieving stress and anxiety, but further investigationinto this relationship using large, well-defined populations, adequatecontrols, randomization and long duration should be explored beforerecommending yoga as a treatment option. The productivity of the work force is the most decisivefactor as far as the success of an organization is concerned. The productivityin turn is dependent on the psychosocial well-being of the employees. Stresscan affect one‘s health, work performance, social life and the relationshipwith family members. The stress response is a complex emotion that producesphysiological changes to prepare us for ―fight or flight.‖– to defend ourselvesfrom the threat or flee from it. The stressors and its consequences are to beunderstood at individual and organizational level. Stress in the workplace hasemerged as a major issue for businesses and has reached alarming proportions.Organizations must develop stress prevention as well as stress reductiontechniques. Stress is a common condition, a response to a physicalthreat or psychological distress that generates a host of chemical and hormonalreactions in the body. In essence, the body prepares to fight or fiee, pumpingmore blood to the heart and muscles and shutting down all nonessentialfunctions. As a temporary state, this reaction serves the body well to defenditself when the stress reaction is prolonged; however, the normal physicalfunctions that have in response either been exaggerated or shut down becomedysfunctional. Many have noted the benefits of exercise in diminishing thestress response, and a host of studies points to these benefits. Yoga, too, hasbeen recommended and studied in relationship to stress, although the studiesare less scientifically replicable. Nonetheless, several researchers claimhighly beneficial results from Yoga practice in alleviating stress and itseffects.