Is Yoga in the workplace a good idea?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

yoga april 2019 Our lovely Vicky who joined our team last year has had a passion for Yoga for many years now and which has become an important part of her life for so many reasons. Here, Vicky shares with us how it has helped her and why she feels it is so important for our wellbeing.

“My journey with Yoga has had a very significant and ultimately, positive impact on my life. It has helped with my mental health and my spiritual wellbeing. My body has changed in so many ways due to my regular practice. I feel blessed to have this in my life. Many companies are now beginning to understand the benefits that yoga can have.”

Interestingly, Personnel today wrote a really interesting article on this and quoted that Yoga is (according to – Mira Mehta (1994) : “A powerful antidote to the stresses of modern-day life, yoga is a practical philosophy that aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and fulfilment. A fit and supple body can be developed through the practice of postures that work on all the bodily systems, toning the muscles, stimulating the circulation and improving overall health. The benefits are not just physical: as the postures are mastered and techniques introduced for relaxation and breath control, you will find that yoga has the power to calm the mind, increase your concentration and give the ability to cope with tension.”

Clearly this can have a profound effect on employees and of course employee engagement because when employees feel calm in mind and healthy in body, this can support productivity in the workplace.

So where might a company begin in thinking about introducing a yoga programme for staff?

Here are a some reflections from the Pro-Development team:

– Build it into an overall wellbeing strategy. Yoga is great and can contribute to an employer’s wellbeing strategy, introducing yoga as part of something that is focused on wellbeing can really help engage staff to try it.

– Consider running sessions in work time. People often share that the biggest challenge to doing yoga is having enough time. Giving staff time to practice at work will really help them with this and also support them in feeling valued.

– Help people understand that yoga is for everyone. Most people think yoga requires you to be bendy and strong, this simply isn’t true. When Vicky started yoga she couldn’t touch her toes! Professional yoga instructors will always have a posture that ensures that participants feel comfortable in their practice.

– Don’t forget to share the benefits! There are so many and often people don’t realise just how beneficial yoga can be.

If you would like to find out more about how to create a wellbeing strategy, contact us about a wellbeing day we will be running where we will be offering some taster sessions in yoga as well as time to help you consider your wellbeing strategy.

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