In today’s working environment when there is no time limit for work, the working professionals are living a hectic life leading to several health problems. Most of the working professionals are victim of stress, pain, anxiety, obesity and other problems. They don’t have time to think about the health issues with goes on degrading day by day. Sitting for the whole day in front of computer, sitting in the chair in a similar posture for hours, taking too much stress of workload, working late night are the major reasons of health problems for a working professional.

Computers have become an epitome of modern life, being used in every aspect of life from calculating grocery bills, telecommunications, banking operations, name any sphere and one will find computer. With use of Internet technology distances carry little meaning and information anywhere in the world is accessible just with a click of mouse. India, and in particular the silicon valley of India, Bangalore, has been in the forefront in cyber world with IT industry developing into a major service provider. This has also ushered in a new genre of occupational health problem i.e. of computer related health problems. India being the forerunner in the cyber world has become a forerunner in IT related health problems. In this report we will be looking closely in to the lifestyle of IT professionals, the common health problems they have to fight and see how Yoga can be very beneficial for them.

1 Ailments and diseases faced by IT professional

1.1       Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1.2       Deep-vein thrombosis

1.3       Neck and eye Strain

1.4       Low back pain

1.5       Insomnia

1.6       Anxiety, stress, and depression

1.7       Heart Disease

1.8       Vitamin D Deficiency

 

2 Yoga Stretches at Your Desk

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t’s great to do Yoga before or after work, but what about incorporating yoga stretches into the rest of your day? This is especially important for people whose jobs require them to sit at a desk in front of a computer for long hours, resulting in back pain and repetitive stress injuries. Just taking a few minutes to do stretches at your desk can relieve stress, increase productivity, and most importantly, make you feel better.

3 Benefits of Yoga for IT professionals

The busy work schedule among IT professionals has increased the chances of being prone to many disorders at physical and mental level. Yoga has proven to be one of the best known methods to get relief from all the disorders faced by professionals. Yoga overall improves the posture and thus avoiding any disorder at the physical level. Yoga help to fight against some of the common IT professional related disorders such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Neck and eye strain, Back pain, Insomnia, Anxiety, heat diseases and diseases which are caused by deficiency of Vitamin D. Yoga has therapeutic benefits for the above mentioned disorders/diseases. Yoga helps to improve body awareness which in turn will enable people to be sensitive to any small changes in the body.  Breathing techniques, Mediation, will help reduce the stress and keeps mind calm, there by working at the mental level. Taking breaks throughout the work day to do this series of yoga stretches at your desk is a good way to avoid repetitive stress injuries. These stretches reduce stress and relieve built-up tension and their by increasing the productivity. For all the benefits that Yoga offers we can conclude that yoga is the greatest boon for IT professionals, something which everyone should incorporate in their lifestyle.

I have taught yoga specifically helpful to IT professionals who are sedentary in their work and hence they get sedentary problems in short while and end up taking sick leaves, which is not a good sign. Yoga for people who sit and work is essential part of every professional’s life who think and value their body.

-Vishvanath Pise