Corporate Yoga and Mindfulness
Sitting for such long periods of time and the sedentary lifestyle that is part of modern corporate life can really take its toll. Corporate/work based yoga classes offer an easy, low-cost and innovative solution for companies wanting to reduce the health complaints of employees, reduce time off, relieve workplace stress, build camaraderie, and promote healthy lifestyles and well-being for employees. Arts & Hearts Education offers a comprehensive programme, teaching yoga and mindfulness sessions at your company before the working day starts, during lunch time, or after work, or even full day workshops. Invite yoga into your workplace and see for yourself its many benefits!
As more and more organisations understand the impact of employees’ wellbeing on the companies’ performance, employers are increasingly integrating different physical activities into their corporate wellness programmes. Practices that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours before, during and after office hours will enable your staff to produce their best work and to be their best selves. Helping your employees stay happy and healthy will lead to a more engaged and productive workforce, as well as reduced absenteeism and better overall performance.
A study done by University of Bristol researchers found that employees who practiced yoga before or during working hours were better equipped to handle whatever challenges they had to face that day. Having long been proven to provide many mental and physical benefits, yoga is increasingly finding its way into the workplace. Leading companies such as Apple and Google have introduced yoga into their corporate wellness programmes and have reaped benefits including improved productivity and employee motivation.
Yoga can reduce stress and tension and can improve concentration and ability to focus. A 2012 study published in Occupational Medicine Journal (Oxford Academic) looked into these benefits. The 8-week study involved local government employees in the UK. One group of workers practiced yoga for 60 minutes once a week; a control group was instructed to avoid exercise altogether. The yoga group experienced much less back pain, lower stress, greater self-confidence, more peace of mind, and better concentration and more quality sleep. By comparison, the sedentary group said they experienced more hostility, stress, fatigue and back pain. There is a huge misconception that in order to practice yoga effectively you have to be super flexible. That’s simply an untruth. Everyone can benefit from the positive effects of yoga. Regardless of fitness levels, flexibility or age.
Reduction In Stress: It’s no secret that work can be stressful, and yoga is the perfect antidote. Stress alone leads to changes in mood, poor performance, and anxiety. Looking for ways to reduce employee stress so they can be more productive, have more positive interactions with co-workers and stay focused pays off for organisations.
Increased Focus: By combining movement and breath and learning to be present ‘in the moment’ you’ll learn to control your mind so you can focus on the task at hand. A vital skill to have in a fast-paced workplace where multitasking is a way of life.
Boosts Immunity: Yoga activates the immune system, promotes healthy blood circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, resulting in fewer sick days and higher performance amongst employees.
Improved Posture: Sitting all day can wreak havoc on your posture and the natural curves of the spine slowly start to reverse as you hunch over your desk. A huge benefit of yoga is restoring the natural curves of the spine by lengthening the sides of the waist, tilting the pelvis and broadening the back. Yoga also stretches major muscles groups and increases joint mobility to prevent joint aches and stiffness.
Improved Digestion: Stress and anxiety, sitting all day, not moving around enough, mindlessly eating at your desk or on the go can cause digestive distress, but many yoga postures can reverse this damage by reducing acidity, heartburn, and indigestion. Many yoga poses aid in detoxification and eliminate any toxins stored in the intestines helping digestion to get back on track.
Confidence: When you are confident in your body, it extends to other areas of your life. Yoga poses are designed to increase flexibility while building muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Small changes lead to major results and soon your employees’ confidence is skyrocketing, helping with targets, sales and productivity.
Not enough space to roll out a yoga mat? No problem, try Chair Yoga instead. Arts & Hearts Chair Yoga classes will allow you to get your yoga and mindfulness fix, even if you’re short on space. You’ll practice postures sitting on or standing by your chair that will be specifically tailored to alleviate the aches and pains of desk work – such as tension aches and knotty necks. You’ll also practice stress relieving breathing and mindfulness practices that can be used during challenging times at work or home. All Chair Yoga postures are designed for the office, are suitable for absolutely everyone at any fitness level and can easily be practiced at your desk, whilst wearing your work clothes. How it works: Classes can be taken for up to 30 people. Classes last 40 minutes. All that’s required is a chair for each participant. The room can be set out however is convenient for you. We offer all of our yoga/mindfulness classes and workshops to suit your company’s needs. All of our teachers have a wealth of experience and are experts in their fields. Contact us for more information.