Why Should More Corporate Companies Incorporate Yoga and Meditation in Their Workplace?
Is your office experiencing high-stress levels? Are employees having little to no time to take care of themselves? Are your colleagues calling in sick more often than usual? Do you feel burnt out?
Having a corporate yoga class may help with all of that and so much more!
Some may think of yoga as difficult poses done by flexible women dressed in sports bras and leggings. Yoga is far from that and works very well in the corporate world.
Corporate 500 companies such as Nike, HBO, Forbes, and Apple all offer on-site yoga for their employees and that shows that these companies consider yoga important enough to have it for their employees.
The old school idea of having classes on stress reduction didn’t work, employees were worried about the stigma of participating. Yoga brings the opportunity of working on body, mind, and soul and does a lot more than the classes once provided.
The wellness aspect also helps corporations with their bottom line and with productivity, reducing costs of health care and the amount of sick days used by employees, as well as, improving concentration.
Corporate yoga and meditation classes have been around for about 20 years and becomes more popular as time passes. According to an article from the Huffington Post, dating back to 2013 says that introducing yoga and meditation into the workplace can be very beneficial. “Limiting stress will translate into fewer employee absences, lower healthcare costs, and higher morale, encouraging workers to stick around.”
It also gives employees an opportunity to decompress mid-day instead of rushing to take a class in the early morning or right after work making it healthier and more convenient for employees and help them have a more balanced life.
Yoga helps people deal with stressful situations better and become calmer creating a positive and supportive environment. It also helps create a better company culture which also can bring better future employees during the recruitment process.
USA Today wrote back in 2012 about a study conducted by the University of Washington found that those who had meditation training in the workplace were able to stay on task longer and were less distracted. Meditation also improved memory and alleviated stress. Companies like Etsy and Google are trying to capitalize on these benefits, incorporating breathing rooms, mindfulness courses, and meditation into their culture daily.
It isn’t necessarily a new idea to mix the corporate world with Yoga and Meditation but companies still have a long way to go to truly understand all the benefits it brings not only to their employees but to business.
If you think your company may benefit from having yoga and/or meditation classes contact us here!