Yogic Relaxation for School Teachers

School teachers have one of the most stressful jobs in the country. According to a 2012 Met Life survey, “Teacher satisfaction has declined to its lowest point in 25 years”

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Feb 19, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28183071

School teachers have one of the most stressful jobs in the country. According to a 2012 Met Life survey, “Teacher satisfaction has declined to its lowest point in 25 years” (p.45), with only 39% reporting themselves as very satisfied. Workplace stress may be one differentiator of teachers’ job satisfaction and well-being: the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that teachers were second only to physicians in reporting having felt stress at work, and the Metlife survey found that 51% of teachers felt under great stress at least several days per week.

This new study, exploring the effects of the Mind Sound Resonance Technique (yogic relaxation) on psychological states, sleep quality and cognition functions in female teachers is therefore very important.

The mind sound resonance technique (MSRT), a yoga-based, mindfulness relaxation is recognized as having a positive influence on physical and psychological health. In this randomised controlled trial, participants were randomly divided into an MSRT group (n = 30) and a control group (n = 30). Participants in the MSRT group participated in MSRT for 30 min/d, 5 d/wk, for the duration of 1 mo. The participants in the control group followed their normal daily routines. Fantastically, the practice of MSRT facilitated a reduction in the levels of stress, anxiety, fatigue, and psychological distress. The relaxation technique also enhanced the levels of self-esteem and quality of sleep among female teachers working in primary schools :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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