This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
December 26 - 28, 2007


Study of metropolitan psychology and managing occupational stress through yogic techniques

Haresh Ashar & Krishna Rathore — Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute, Mumbai


With the evolve of technological revolution and globalization, pressure on executives to perform is greater than ever before. With long working hours, it has become difficult to balance between both personal and professional life. Though earning well, ambitious young professionals may face metabolic syndromes making them prone to diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, etc. The real killer is often ‘stress’ affecting body, mind and emotions.

Internal mechanism prepares the body to cope with stressful situations up to a certain extent. External helpful methods include: rest & re-creation, drugs, behaviour therapy, relaxation, etc.

Yogic Techniques (including ‘Astanga Yoga’ advocated by Patanjali) like –

·  Body Postures - ‘Asanas’ like Sun Recitation [‘Surya Namaskar’], Relaxation

·  Breath Control - ‘Pranayam’ like Bharmari, Ujjayi, Bhasrika, Ajapjap

·  Cleansing – ‘Shuddhi Kriya’ and

·  Meditation – ‘Dhyan

·  Hygienic Diet – ‘Yukta Aahara’

·  Balanced Lifestyle – ‘Yukta Vihara’,

·  ‘Satsanga’, etc.

are practiced to overcome stress.

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