We track our fitness levels all the time. We measure how much weight we lose, how fast we run and how heavy we lift but rarely do we quantify our mental fitness.
In a four-week study called The Transformation Project, Sydney’s BodyMindLife set out to measure the impact regular, integrated practice of yoga, Pilates and meditation has on people’s lives.
The rules of the project were easy. Participants had to commit to attending five yoga classes a week, a daily journal entry and a minimum of ten minutes meditation every day.
Each week students recorded how they felt in relation to eight different areas of wellbeing. This included their levels of energy, sleep, stress and anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, purpose, satisfaction and happiness, along with consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
After just 28 days, the findings revealed a dramatic shift. On average, participants reported feeling a 30% increase in their overall mental and physical health!
Stress and anxiety saw the biggest impact with levels falling by 40% on average and there was a significant increase in energy levels of 35%. Sleep quality also improved by 31% and feelings of happiness by over 23%.
Interestingly, the number of coffees and alcohol units dropped over the month too. The survey found that caffeine consumption decreased by 28% on average and standard alcoholic drinks by a huge 39%.
– Overall wellbeing increased by 30%
– Feelings of stress and anxiety reduced by 40%
– Increased levels of energy by 35%
– Sleep quality improved by 31%
– Increased self-esteem by 31%
– Sense of purpose and meaning increased by 28%
– Positive interactions with relationships improved by 34%
– Feeling satisfied with life increased by 22%
You can find much more information on living a holistic lifestyle in these free magazines and on our YouTube channel.
To find out more contact BodyMindLife
BodyMindLife is recognised as a leading yoga, Pilates, meditation and teacher training centres in the Southern Hemisphere. Over a million students have attended BodyMindLife classes since the studio opened its doors in 2002. BodyMindLife was launched by Phil Goodwin, a former investment banker turned yogi who lives in Bronte with his wife Ferique and beautiful three-year-old GiGI.