Yoga offers many opportunities for motivational stories, and this one is an intriguing example of how people are using the ancient practice to save lives. In India, bus drivers and conductors are turning to yoga to help them quit drinking and become safer drivers.
The workers are employed by the Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation, a government-run company. These drivers are known for having severe drinking problems, which have led to a bevy of problems. Along with arriving late and being unproductive, they put the lives of their passengers at risk every day. As an effect, the public has become afraid of using public transportation and business is down.
The Guardian highlights this example of motivational stories for work, reporting that the company created a rehabilitation program to help its employees quit "the sauce." The program lasts 40 days and involves a detox regimen coupled with a yoga routing and other exercises. In the past 1.5 years, more than 150 drivers have attended the program.
This isn't the first time transportation workers have turned to the soothing stretches and mindful meditation of yoga. Last year, taxi and bus drivers in India took yoga courses to help relieve stress. This successfully reduced road rage incidents among these workers.