Yoga’s been all the rage for some time now in ‘wellness’ and mainstream communities alike.  In fact, as of 2016, the number of people practicing yoga in the US nearly doubled.  But what is wellness really?  And is yoga the mind-body panacea so many claim it is?

As a healthcare and quality improvement-oriented organization, we thought it’d be interesting to poll a microcosm of the non-profit sector, i.e., our own staff, to get a cross-section of attitudes and beliefs about yoga. We conducted an anonymous survey and despite the small sample (n = 14), found a wide range of experiences with yoga.

The vast majority of our employees have tried yoga at least once. Interestingly, although a majority (51.7%) have been practicing yoga for several years (one person for almost two decades), 41.7% still consider themselves to be Beginners.

There was overlap in positive and negative associations with yoga.
Exactly half of our employees practice mindfulness.

Since this wasn’t a complex study being submitted for peer review, our internal survey was decidedly casual in approach. However, at its core, was a key data collection technique: interviewing. This allowed us to capture more balanced and nuanced perspectives than a questionnaire alone could have, which in turn echoed the variance in the wider population. A selection of these is available below.

As reported in the New York Times, yoga can actually be quite dangerous for some people, even seasoned instructors.  Contrary to the typical Western approach to medical care, it is important to recognize that a one-size-fits-all strategy does not work for one’s own body and by extension, for entire companies and societies. We each have to figure out what works for us given our unique set of circumstances.

Ultimately, it all comes down to choices. We can choose to improve ourselves. We can choose to find alternatives when things don’t work out. We can choose not to give up.

Better data means better choices and better outcomes.

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