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”
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 :)