Yoga Can Bring Many Benefits To Your Working Life
Stress in the workplace today is a major consideration for employers and anything that can be introduced to alleviate this is a potential benefit to both employers and the employees. Less stressful employees will be more productive and are less likely to need time off through illness. Less stressful employees are likely to have happier home lives and this in turn leads to increased productivity.
I believe yoga is not only an activity you should put in your life, but one that employers should actively encourage, either by establishing classes or even allotting time in the workday for training sessions.
Among these are dealing with stress and anxiety; creating inner peace, calm and presence, weight management, flexibility, managing pain, and improving your breathing.
The quality of life and health of working professionals need to always be in check if you expect them to be productive. Long hours of working in front of a computer, taking phone calls or emailing, can undermine the health and wellbeing of an employee. The effects may not immediately manifest but when they do, it could be detrimental to their efficiency. The most common issues employees encounter are work stress, muscle pain, weight gain, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and more. To help reduce such pain and discomfort, get your employees started with corporate yoga. It benefits not only the employees but also the companies they work for. Had too many good business lunches? Yoga helps manage your weight by creating a more positive self-image and, in turn, encourages you to think about nutrition and what you eat. Flexibility is one of the main benefits of yoga. Over time, ligaments, tendons, and muscles lengthen and this leads to increasing elasticity in your body’s movement.
Yoga provides cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate and improving oxygen uptake during exercise. The breathing practice, known as Pranayama, helps you slow down and deepen your breaths. It activates the body’s parasympathetic system or how we relax.
Which Are The Benefits Of Yoga At Work?
Yoga at Work practices can provide numerous benefits:
- teaches individual stress management
- improves the immune system and overall health, resulting in decreased absenteeism and sickness levels
- increases productivity, motivation, and work performance
- improves decision making and creativity
- increases energy, mental alertness, and clarity
- improves stamina
- improves morale, job satisfaction, and positive thinking patterns
- improves memory, focus, and concentration
- reduces muscle tension and pain due to sedentary working positions
- improves flexibility and physical strength
- improves breathing
- decreases headaches
- improves confidence
So how do you get started?
I suggest the first thing you do is check out your local yoga class – see if they can accommodate a session for your staff, or even come and offer a class at your premises. Typically, they run for about 45 minutes a time. I do have some sympathy with the yoga skeptics, as yoga does tend to exceed rational or empirical investigation as ultimately it deals with `states of being` that cannot be reduced to the biological or psychological.
When you are trying to convince hard-nosed business people, that can be difficult, but surely investing in your body and state of mind is the best investment you can make this year?
Wrote – Biljana Nikolic Yoga Therapy Teacher 500 RYT
Text translation Ana Manasijević Kosjer
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