Effects of yoga on stress and heart rate
Lin, S.,Huang, C.,, Shiu, S., & Yeh, S. (2015). Effects of Yoga on Stress, Stress Adaption, and Heart Rate Variability Among Mental Health Professionals–A Randomized Controlled Trial. Worldviews Evidence Based Nursing (epub)
Quotes from abstract paper: The results showed that the mental health professionals in the yoga group experienced a significant reduction in work-related stress (t = -6.225, p < .001), and a significant enhancement of stress adaptation (t = 2.128, p = .042). Participants in the control group revealed no significant changes.
Because mental health professionals experienced a reduction in work-related stress and an increase in autonomic nerve activity in a weekly yoga program for 12 weeks, clinicians, administrators, and educators should offer yoga classes as a strategy to help health professionals reduce their work-related stress and balance autonomic nerve activities