5 reasons why yoga and meditation should be practiced in the workplace

Headaches, stiff necks, eye strain, tight shoulders and lower back pain are just some of the symptoms that regularly plague office employees today. These symptoms arise from numerous hours sat at a desk in front of a computer screen, as well as working to impossible deadlines and long daily commutes battling traffic. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can escape to a gym or sports center before or after work, but for most people there simply isn’t time during the day.

That’s where corporate yoga comes in. Wellbeing in the workplace is now high on most company agendas and today, a growing number are turning to yoga to help their employees de-stress and recalibrate in the office; either before or after work, or even during lunch. Here are five reasons why companies are introducing yoga to the workplace:

Team Morale: Who doesn’t love having fun activities at work? Getting to practice yoga alongside co-workers can be a wonderful bonding experience; leading to improved collaboration and even bringing departments together.

Better Time Management: No more charging off to the gym after work and battling more traffic. Instead, employees can simply roll out their mats for a rejuvenating practice all without having to leave the building.

Improved Productivity: By combining movement with breath, yoga helps to stay present ‘in the moment’. This means employees can better focus on the task at hand; leading to overall improved productivity. When employees become more mindful, it’s a win win for everyone.

Reduced stress:

Yoga is proven to decrease anxiety, enhance mood, and bring mental calmness. This is perfect for the busy work environment and can help shift negative energy in the office towards a welcoming and calm environment.

Fewer sick days: Yoga stretches the spine and major muscles groups to increase joint mobility and overall flexibility. This leads to improved posture and mental wellbeing; helping reduce the number of sick days taken by employees. Feeling more energized and driven, they are also better equipped to roll with the punches in a fast-paced environment.

So, whether you’re a CEO, HR Manager or an employee, why not add yoga to your agenda? In addition to the above benefits, it could save the company thousands in the long run as everyone becomes healthier and more motivated.

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