4 benefits of bringing yoga into your business – Yoga as part of the corporate wellness programme
Yoga may not seem to have much relationship with business. However, researches and studies have shown that yoga could provide substantial value to businesses in many ways.
On average, companies in the US spend about $14,000 per employee on medically related productivity costs annually. A Harvard medical research has shown that stress-related health problems are responsible for up to 80% of visits to the doctor and account for the third highest health care expenditures, behind only heart disease and cancer. The study looked at the benefit of relaxation program (a combination of yoga and meditation) on health and found that people in the relaxation program used 43% fewer medical services than they did the previous year, saving on average $2,360 per person in emergency room visits alone (James E. 2015).
Many Fortune 500 companies now recognize the value of yoga. More and more are offering yoga classes as part of their corporate wellness programme. These include companies like Forbes, GE, Apple, Google, GM and Nike alike.
Yoga’s benefit goes way beyond medically related productivity costs savings. Consider these six benefits yoga help your employees at work:
1. Increase energy
Various studies have shown that sitting for long hours greatly diminishes productivity. Yoga helps improve blood circulation. 45 mins to 1 hour of yoga during the day is a great way to avoid fatigue.
2. Improve Focus
Yoga focuses on the unity of body and mind. You need to combine your movement and breath in your practice. By focusing on your breathing and body movements, you will be present in the moment. The stronger self-awareness will help you focus better during the day.
3. Reduce Stress
Yoga is a mind body practice. It brings together physical and mental disciplines that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Stress and its side effects are the major factors affecting employee’s health and productivity. Most people tend to perform worse in a stressful environment.
4. Increases Positivity/Morale
A number of studies have shown that yoga can enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. If you feel well, your morale will be high. If you are focused, your productivity will be strong. Taking yoga classes as a group also help build team spirit and improves morale.
Bringing yoga into your business as part of your wellness programme is an option with substantial benefits. It is recommended to have at least 1 session a week with a well-designed programme that blends meditation with yoga to reap the full benefits. Speak to us if you would like to find out more.