Yoga therapy for developing emotional intelligence in mid-life managers.

Author: Ganpat TS, Nagendra HR.
Affiliation: Department of Yoga and Management, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) University (Prashanti Kutiram), Bangalore, India.
Conference/Journal: J Midlife Health.
Date published: 2011 Jan
Other: Volume ID: 2 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 28-30 , Word Count: 164

Business executives' lives have become a never-ending race against time, technology, and targets. This race creates tension, which leads to dissatisfaction and frustration and eventually manifests itself as psychological and physiological stress with mental and emotional drain. This modern lifestyle intensifies the stress leading to "excessive tension" and consequent deterioration in "executive efficiency".

To assess emotional intelligent quotient (EQ) in managers undergoing yoga-based Self Management of Excessive Tension (SMET) program.

72 managers participated in this study which is of "single group pre-post design." The EQ test developed by Prof N. K. Chadha from University of Delhi was administered as pre and post the 5 days of SMET program.

Means, standard deviations, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, and Wilcoxon signed rank test were used to analyze the data.

The data analysis showed 72.02% significant increase (P<0.001) in EQ.

The results suggest that participation in a SMET program was associated with improvement in EQ and may have implications for "executive efficiency."

PMID: 21897736