Yoga is a spiritual, physical, and mental discipline combining a concentration of focused breathing and physical posing. Yoga can be a great way to remove distractions and creative blocks by shifting focus to controlled physical movements. If you are struggling on a project, take a break and try out these poses for yourself.
Yoga also provides mental training necessary to focus on one task for long periods of time. Creative professional know that when working on a project, you are often stuck behind a computer or desk for long hours. It is important to be able to focus on tasks and yoga provides a solid foundation for this.
Sitting at a desk for 8 hours can also have disastrous effects on posture. Many poses are designed to stretch certain muscles and improve posture. These poses are also low-impact and perfect for beginners.
According to an article published by Harvard Health, yoga can decrease stress and anxiety levels. A German study of 24 women over the course of 90 days showed reduced stress levels by 50% and anxiety by 30%. Several other studies have been conducted involving war veterans with PTSD who served in Iraq and Afghanistan that show a decrease in symptoms during a 6 month yoga and breathing exercise regimen.