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Yoga reduces job burnout and stress

A study published in the quarterly magazine of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad(IIM-A), Vikalpa, says that adoption of yoga way of life significantly reduces job burnout and stress.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 25, 2010 18:38 IST

A study published in the quarterly magazine of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad(IIM-A),

Vikalpa

, says that adoption of yoga way of life significantly reduces job burnout and stress.



The study was conducted on 84 executives of Grasim Industries Ltd, a flagship company of Aditya Birla Group,based in Bharuch, by IAS officer and Principal Secretary, Education, Government of Gujarat, Hasmukh Adhia and two otherresearchers--H R Nagendra and B Mahadevan.



The group of 84 executives was divided into two groups of 42 each. The yoga group was given 30 hours of yoga practice(75 mins every day) and 25 hours of theory lectures in the philosophy of yoga.While the second group formed physical exercise group,which was given training of equal number of hours of physical workout and lectures on success factors in life based on modern theory and not yoga.



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Stress was measured using a standard self-reported questionnaire on experience of both pre and post the experiment for a month on both the groups.Measurement of certain parameters such as blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar and weight was also taken both pre and post experiment "Stress, when measured, showed statistically significant drop for managers in the yoga group, while ironically in thephysical exercise group, stress increased as their working schedule became more hectic due to additional exercise," Adhia said.