Improved Self-Acceptance, Quality of Life, and Stress Level from Participation in a Worksite Yoga Foundations Program: A Pilot Study

Lori J. Casey, Kimberly M. Van Rooy, Stephanie J. Sutherland, Sarah M. Jenkins, Jordan K. Rosedahl, Nadia G. Wood, Jon Owen Ebbert, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Jason S. Egginton, Leslie A. Sim, Matthew M Clark

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Abstract

Yoga is increasing in popularity in the United States and across the globe. However, most yoga programs are provided outside the worksite; although many companies offer worksite wellness programs, at present there is limited documentation regarding the potential benefits of participating in a worksite yoga program. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to examine the potential effect of a worksite yoga program on self-acceptance, quality of life, and perceived stress. A prospective cohort pilot study that examined a structured worksite yoga program was designed and tailored to individuals new to yoga. The 8-week Yoga Foundations program was conducted at an academic medical center's worksite wellness center with 86 subjects. Outcome measures were the 36-item Self-Acceptance Scale; a six-item quality-of-life measure that assesses overall, social, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and the ten-item Perceived Stress Scale. Participants demonstrated significant improvement in their overall self-acceptance ( p < 0.001), quality of life ( p < 0.001), and perceived stress ( p < 0.001) levels. They also highly rated the yoga instructors and the weekly format of the program. Participation in a Yoga Foundations program was associated with improvements in self-acceptance, quality of life and stress levels in worksite wellness center members. Future studies should use randomized designs and examine other wellness domains to learn more about the potential benefits of worksite yoga programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalInternational journal of yoga therapy
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

Keywords

  • quality of life
  • self-acceptance
  • stress
  • worksite wellness
  • yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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