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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30

Impact of residential yoga training on occupational stress and health promotion in principals

1 Department of Scientific Research, Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, Lonavla, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Health Care Centre, Ayurveda Section, Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, Lonavla, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Mr. Sanjay Uddhav Shete
Department of Scientific Research, Kaivalyadhama, Swami Kuvalayananda Marg, Lonavla, Pune - 410 403, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_394_19

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BACKGROUND: Occupational stress is known as harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the resources, needs, or capabilities of an employee, leading to poor mental and physical health. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to assess the effect of 1-week residential yoga training program on occupational stress and its subscales among principals. METHODS: Thirty-three principals with ages 40–59 years completed the assessment. They received yoga training at Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute. All the participants were recruited by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan as part of their on-duty yoga training. At the baseline and after 1 week of yoga training participants were assessed for occupational stress. The yoga intervention was given in the morning and evening for 105 min. Apart from yoga training, all the participants were engaged in lectures based on stress management, yoga for total health, meditation, yoga in school education, and scientific basis of yoga, daily for 3 h. RESULTS: The principals showed a significant decrease in role overload (P < 0.001), role ambiguity (P < 0.01), role conflict (P < 0.05), under participation (P < 0.001), powerlessness (P < 0.001), intrinsic impoverishment (P < 0.01), law status (P < 0.001), and overall occupational stress (P < 0.001) after 7 days of yoga training intervention. However, there was no significant change in unreasonable group and political pressure (P > 0.05), responsibility for persons (P > 0.05), poor peer relations (P > 0.05), strenuous working conditions (P > 0.05), and unprofitability (P > 0.05) after yoga training intervention. CONCLUSION: The present study suggests that 1 week of residential yoga training program can improve occupational stress in principals.

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