Updated: Feb 13
Corporate Yoga may seem like a new concept to many businesses across the UK, but the growing trend shows no sign of slowing down with more and more businesses recognising the benefits yoga has on their staff. Businesses large and small are constantly looking for ways to look after their staff, keep them engaged and keep morale high.
Corporate Yoga can help achieve all of those.
Vice president of Unilever, Mike Thurston recognises that employees need rest to sustain high performance and helps achieve this with the companies “Wellbeing Zone”
The purpose of the Zone is to provide our people with a space for mindfulness, meditation, rest, and recovery.
In this blog we will detail our top 4 reasons why your business should consider implementing a corporate yoga scheme.
1. Relieve Stress
Sometimes work can just get on top of you through no fault of your own, an increased work load due to a staff member leaving or being on holiday or a new project, whatever the reason work related stress and mental health is a very serious issue in the UK today.
The HSE reports that 12.5 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17.
According to research by the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, who run corporate yoga retreats for the likes Chicago Bulls and various other CEO’s of major companies, a majority of the clinic's patients report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms of stress.
Now we’re not saying corporate yoga will completely fix this issue, but how does an hour a day away you’re your desk sound where you can escape the stress of work and recharge your batteries? Good no?
2. Combat Poor Posture
Sitting at a desk all day from 9-5 or possibly longer is not good for anyone, especially if your posture is poor. (not pointing fingers)
Again, this is another very serious issue that affects thousands of workers up and down the country every day.
507,000 workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or long-standing) in 2016/17
It is recommended that you get away from your desk for at least 30 minutes a day to reduce the stress placed on your body and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
One way to combat poor posture at work, muscle soreness, lower back pain or whatever it might be is a specially designed yoga plan to target the key areas of poor work posture.
Stretching this muscle out can combat the affects of sitting down at a desk all day and hopefully reduce the aches and pains any staff may currently be facing.
3. Improve Concentration & Focus
A million things on your to do list, Stressful deadlines, endless meetings can create mental clutter that prevents you from being fully focused on the truly important tasks and making good decisions.
Taking 30 minutes to an hour a day to escape, with yoga’s meditation and breathing exercise can help declutter your mind and allow you to refocus on your priorities. Any form of exercise will release endorphins into your body’s system and turn lift your spirits and general feeling of wellbeing.
If you’ve had a stressful morning at work wouldn’t you want to try and reset for a productive afternoon, maybe even avoiding the 3pm slump?
4. Improve Morale & Engagement
One of the main aims for any business is to keep hold of good staff, people that get stuff done, deliver the results for the company and are just generally good to have in the office. You may well have received an Employee Engagement survey, and you may well have put some negative feedback on it.
Businesses are always looking for ways to encourage staff morale and team bonding to have productive happy teams. One of the best ways to build a team is with shared experiences. The University of New South Wales’s School of Business studying leadership found a productivity uptick of 18 percent in teams in which leaders fostered shared experiences among employees.
Having a new shared experience will help this, and for many corporate yoga may be this new experience. Of course, there may always be that one team member you don’t want to see in tight clothing.
Corporate Yoga may still be a new and foreign concept to many, any break from work will still have a stigma attached to it but the benefits are there to be had for any businesses willing to invest.
If you are interesting in exploring corporate yoga for your business we can help, simply contact us and we can put together a tailored package for you and your staff.