Businesses large and small are recognising the value of yoga and offering workplace yoga classes as part of their corporate wellness programmes. Workplace Yoga is for all people no matter their age, current health or level of flexibility or role they play in the organisation. Offering yoga classes at work, or off-site, is a low-cost and effective way to achieve happy and productive employees.
It is reported that companies lose around $14,000 per employee on health related productivity costs annually. Companies that offer yoga and other wellness programmes can positively impact engagement and productivity resulting in an increase in bottom line.
Among the benefits include dealing with stress and anxiety; creating inner peace, calm and presence, weight management, flexibility, managing pain and improving your breathing. A 2010 review of the research on yoga and depression in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice evaluated eight trials based on individuals with clinical depression and depression symptoms. Benefits were found in relation to mindfulness, physical activity, decreased stress reactivity and increased sleep regulation,
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.
Further benefits of Workplace Yoga include: