Workplace wellness programs featuring yoga and meditation have gained traction in recent years, with companies such as Google, Forbes, HBO, Nike and Apple rolling out wellness programs that include yoga. So, what’s all the fuss about? Why do corporate yoga?
Yoga can help all workplaces, regardless of size or location. Let me share five benefits of corporate yoga that will get you wanting to practice during your working week.
- Improve mental wellness
A recent study by Australian researchers from Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute found that breaking up your sedentary time isn’t only important for physical health. It can also significantly reduce your risk of depression and anxiety. This study found that Aussies sit on average for 10 hours a day (probably more during Covid-19). Moral of the story, move more and get the blood flowing to improve mental health. Read more on the SMH.
- Increase energy and fight fatigue
We refer to energy as ‘prana’ or life force in Sanskrit (yogi language) and it is believed that when we are stressed, eat poorly, sleep-deprived, dehydrated etc. our vital energy is low or out of balance. Yoga helps us restore balance through breath, movement and meditation. Finding balance will help you thrive.
- Alleviate tight muscles
This one is a no brainer, if we sit too long the muscles get tight and lazy. Sore back and neck, tight hamstrings and poor core strengthen are typical of a sedentary lifestyle – yoga helps you strengthen and stretch.
- Combat stress
Have you ever noticed how breathing deeply even just for one minute can alter how you feel? Throughout our yoga practice we cultivate deep yogi breathing. 45 mins of movement plus breath, to calm the fluctuations of the mind. Our aim is to have you walk away from class in a state of bliss. Savasana (corpse pose) is the final pose of practice (and probably the most important) where we integrate mind, body and soul in the state of bliss.
- Practice resilience
Yoga can show us how we respond to situations off the mat. Ask yourself, when you arrive in a posture that isn’t comfortable, how do I react? Do you quit or can you breathe through the sensations? This is where we cultivate resilience. I like a slow practice where we sit in a posture for at least five breaths – sometimes there is burning, other times trembling, whatever you feel can you use your breath to anchor to the present moment, rising above the thoughts and sensations? Want to know more? Read more on cultivating presence on my blog here.
There are many more reasons why you would benefit from trying corporate yoga – stay tuned or see you on the mat.