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Archive for January, 2012

Yoga in the workplace

The other day I came across this Lululemon a YouTube video and thought this was pretty awesome! Apparently a lot of corporate companies and small businesses are incorporating “yoga in the workplace”. Employees as well as employers now more than ever have a strong interest in finding a convenient solution to increase wellness in the workplace. A combination of stress, mental burnout, or neck and back pain from sitting at a desk all day, can lead to an unproductive employee. By incorporating yoga into the workplace, businesses offer employees an opportunity to rejuvenate and relax during their lunch break or after work. Yoga’s deep breathing and relaxation techniques can help employees return to work refreshed, revived, and more focused to make better decisions.

Lululemon is not the only company that has this awesome approach to employee wellness, a design consultancy company here in Chicago Webb deVlam also has incorporated yoga practice into the workplace. A friend of mine worked here and loved the idea of getting in a workout during the work day.

I believe that yoga is much more than stretching and relaxing.  Yoga is an approach to physical and mental health, well-being and personal growth.  It can help us develop an awareness of the effects of stress in our lives, and the skills in which to manage them.

Yoga in the work place is a good idea, it has been proven to:

  • Enhance employee productivity and morale
  • Bring balance to a busy and stressful workday
  • Improve flexibility & build strength
  • Reduce sick time/absences
  • Relieve back & shoulder pain
  • Relax & clear your mind/increase concentration

What do you think about yoga in the workplace?