THE CHALLENGE OF CORPORATE LIFE
Does this sound familiar…. you’re sitting at your desk thinking that it must be at least 3, maybe 4, but when you look at the treacherous clock it says noon? You begin to wonder why it is that your back aches and you honestly can’t feel your right foot? Then, an hour later, your vision seems a bit blurry and you experience that panicked realization that a migraine is on the horizon?
It is not unusual these days to hear of people quitting their lucrative corporate jobs in lieu of a less stressful occupation. The average corporate worker sits almost 50 hours a week and suffers a wide range of stress related physical and mental health issues. Disease, lost productivity and negative energy can permeate office environments.
The respiratory system, digestive system, and circulatory system break down over weeks, months and years of such abuse, accompanied by depression. This leads to increased sick leave, work related benefit expenses and loss of employees. In response, progressive companies are implementing on-site yoga classes as an affordable way for the corporate world to heal itself. It can reduce work related injuries such a low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. It can reduce work loss due to stress and illness. The bottom line is: helping employees develop a healthy way to combat stress in the workplace and letting them know that they are valued by providing them with the break they need to be more productive and happy. Companies are now realizing that the way to make real progress is by actively encouraging prevention and building resilience. The old tactic of simply ‘managing absences’ has proven ineffective and expensive.
“Recent health care reforms show more companies than ever are proactively looking for ways to support the well-being of their employees – and what better way than yoga?” ~ Huffington Post 03/20/2015
How does Corporate Yoga Work?
Instructors travel to the workplace and conduct classes, effectively eliminating travel time for the students. Yoga sessions can be implemented with ease requiring only some floor mats and a group of willing participants. A yoga program can be conducted just about anywhere such as a conference room, a staff room with furniture that can be easily moved, or an empty office. Best of all, the instructor is able to design a program specific to the needs and desires of each group. Over time, working consistently with the same group of students, teachers can work systematically and progressively through the many tools that a yoga practice offers. Some teachers even offer interactive and informative blogs to further support understanding for their students. This also offers an opportunity for asking questions and receiving thorough answers between classes.
Why is Yoga the right fit for the corporate environment?
Yoga classes encompass the ancient practice of movement and stretching with meditative breathing to enhance calmness and flexibility. Physically, all bodily systems are strengthened, aches and pains are diminished, and stamina is enhanced. Mentally, the fluid movement and calming breaths induce peace and focus. Students study and learn the power of their own breath. They gain an understanding of how mood and thoughts can be shifted by simple breathing techniques, resulting in a more peace and creativity. Being low impact and moderately easy, yoga is a modality that is accessible for all age groups. The postures and duration of sessions can be easily adjusted to meet any skill level. It is not intimidating or exhausting and can combat the corporate stress that cause fatigue, insomnia and depression. This obviously leads to workers that are happier and more productive improving morale and social cooperation.
“Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurer, has had some success with its meditation and yoga programs that started in 2012 as part of its wellness program. On average, the 13,000 employees who have participated in at least one class have reported a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, a 20 percent improvement in sleep quality and said they have gained 62 minutes of productivity per week per person.” ~US News 03/13/2015