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Yoga May Provide an Antidote to Teacher Burnout

An Antidote to Teacher Burnout: How Yoga and Mindfulness Can Support Resilience In and Out of the Classroom

A movement to bring yoga and mindfulness to children is blooming. Many schools have implemented contemplative programming to help kids thrive, and research studies document the positive effects of yoga and mindfulness practices for children. But, what about the teachers, administrators, and other school personnel who work with children on a daily basis?

It’s no secret that teacher burnout is a pressing issue in our educational system. A shocking statistic: nearly one third of all newly recruited teachers are either resigning or reporting burn out in their first 3 to 5 years of professional experience.Gallup’s State Of America’s Schools 2012 Report says nearly 70% of K-12 teachers surveyed do not feel engaged in their work… 

Among many studies linking yoga and mental health, there is a significant research agenda studying the effects of contemplative practices specifically on teachers. 

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Easier with Yoga

 Reprinted from HHS Healthbeat (August 1, 2011)

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A study indicates yoga can ease stress in women getting radiation treatment for breast cancer.

At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lorenzo Cohen saw this in women who did yoga or stretching. He says the stretching group reported feeling less tired, but the yoga group got this plus less stress and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Dr. Cohen says it’s best to do yoga regularly:

“It’s constantly exposing yourself to the positive benefits and the relaxation that we feel after a mind-body practice that can be quite useful.’’

The study presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

When Depression Is a Good Thing

When depression is a good thing: The right position for your shoulders.

shoulder depressionOne of the few times depression is a good thing is when we’re talking about the shoulder blades. Unfortunately, most people aren’t in the habit of having depressed shoulders. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Our tendacy is to slouch and lift the shoulder to the ears throughout the day. These bad habits can be especially prevalent during times of stress and often lead to tension and pain in the neck and upper back.

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