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Yoga and stress management Sampada Deshpande Advisor-Prof.Fahringer What is Yoga Yoga originated in India From sanskrit word “yuj” meaning union between mind ,body and spirit. Include ethical discipline,physical postures,breathing control and meditation. Yoga is not only stretching.

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yoga and stress management

Yoga and stress management

Sampada Deshpande


what is yoga
What is Yoga
  • Yoga originated in India
  • From sanskrit word “yuj” meaning union between mind ,body and spirit.
  • Include ethical discipline,physical postures,breathing control and meditation.
  • Yoga is not only stretching.
  • There are 8 limbs of yoga.
  • Physical postures called “Asana” is just one of the eight limbs of yoga
  • Majority of types more concerned with mental and spiritual well being.
the eight limbs of yoga
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • 1.Yama
  • 2.Niyam
  • 3.Asan
  • 4.Pranayam
  • 5.Pratyahar
  • 6.Dharana
  • 7.Dhyan
  • 8.Samadhi
  • Five ethical guidelines regarding moral behavior towards others
  • Ahimsa-Nonviolence
  • Satya-Truthfulness
  • Asteya-Nonstealing
  • Brahmacharya-No lust or sexual activity within marriage.
  • Aparigraha-don’t collect things that are not necessary.

Five ethical guidelines regarding moral behavior towards others



Tapas-Sustained Practice

Svadyay-Self Study

Ishvara Pranidhan-Surrender to God

the eight limbs cont
The Eight Limbs Cont.
  • Asana-Practice of yoga postures
  • Pranayam-Practice of breathing exercises
  • Pratyahara-Withdrawl of the senses, meaning that the exterior world is not a distraction from the interior world within oneself.
the eight limbs cont7
The Eight Limbs Cont.
  • Dharana-Concentration,The ability to focus on something uninterrupted by external or internal distraction
  • Dhyana-Meditation
  • Samadhi-Bliss. Building upon Dhyana,the transcendence of the self through meditation. The merging of self with the universe.
what is stress
What is Stress
  • The wear and tear our bodies experience
  • The state of threatened homeostasis
  • Stressors cause imbalance
  • Body tries to balance
  • Yoga can be a great help balance the imbalance!
  • Can be positive and negative.
  • Positive stressors-can help compel us to action, can result in a new of a new baby, a job promotion, getting married.
  • Negative stressors-can result in feeling of distrust,rejection,anger of a loved one, loosing a job, getting divorced.
clinical significance of yoga
Reduced stress

Spiritual growth

Sense of well being

Reduced anxiety and muscle tension

Increased strength and flexibility

Slowed aging

Sound sleep

Improve many medical conditions:

Lower heart rate

Lower blood pressure

Allergy and asthma symptom relief

Smoking cessation help

Clinical Significance of yoga
stress and healthcare providers
Stress and Healthcare Providers
  • Providing care to others is a rich and rewarding experience
  • Often feel improved self esteem and confidence
  • But….They have the responsibility of another human being’s life.
  • No wonder they live under tremendous stress!
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Stress and Healthcare providers
  • Continuous exposure to suffering
  • Psychological effects of death and dying patients
  • Decreased sleep and food
  • Long hours of work
  • Constant worry about law suits
  • CME – study ,study , study!
how yoga can help
How Yoga Can help
  • Practicing yoga can be a best thing a provider can do for himself/herself
  • Doing simple “Pranayam” (breathing technique) in breaks can calm their mind.
  • Practicing yoga for ½ hr. a day can make their body fit to take care of others.
  • Yogic thought process- will teach not to work only for money.
most research in india
Most Research in India
  • Study at LTC ,Mumbai,India to determine if practice of yoga has any effect on anxiety status during routine activities and prior to exam done showed reduction in baseline anxiety as well as anxiety before exam.
  • Study at Nehru hospital,Chandigarh,India The psychological tests after yoga therapy showed high sense of well-being in the nurses
  • A body with a stressful mind can not be a healthy body
  • HC providers are people who help others to keep their body healthy
  • Off course, to do so, first they need a healthy body without a stressful mind
  • Yoga helps the mind to become clear and pure and clear mind is not affected by stress.
  • HCP with this kind of pure and clear mind can really work better for the well being of their patients.
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  • 2) Cooper C, Balamurali TB, Selwood A, Livingston G. “A systemic review of intervention studies about anxiety in caregivers of people with dementia”. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.2006 Sep; (Epub ahead of print).
  • 3) Scott E, “Stress Management”, May 10 2006, Available at, Accessed on February 19, 2007.
  • 3) Malathi A, Damodaran A. “Stress due to exams in medical students-role of yoga”. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. 1999 Apr; 43(2):218-24.
  • 4) Parshad O, “Role of yoga in stress management”. West Indian Medical Journal.2004 Jun; 53(3):191-4.
references cont
References cont.
  • 5) Shapiro SL, Schwartz GE, Bonner G, “Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on medical and paramedical students”. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.1998 Dec; 21(6):589-99.
  • 6) Waelde LC, Thompson L, Gallagher-Thompson D. “A pilot study of a yoga and meditation intervention for dementia caregiver stress”. Journal of Clinical Psychology.2004 Jun; 60(6):677-87.
  • 7) Walia IJ, Mehra P, Grover P, Earnest C, Verma SK, Sanjeev, “ Health Status of nurses and yoga.1.Baseline data”. The Nursing Journal of India.1989 Sep; 80(9):235-7.