Should I practice yoga at work?

Have you ever said any of these things to yourself or the people close to you?:

  • I just don’t have enough time to work out.
  • I am constantly stressed at work.
  • Sometimes, I just need a few minutes for myself.
  • I want to build my strength, flexibility and/or posture.
  • My body aches from sitting all day.
  • Without a boost of caffeine (i.e. coffee), I can’t make it through the day.

yoga at workChances are, you agreed with at least one of the above-mentioned issues that most individuals face. You might even agree with most, if not all of them.

The bad news is that you’re feeling overworked, and you’re probably not getting enough physical activity throughout the day.

The good news is, there’s a solution.

The benefits of yoga at work

Corporate yoga, also known as workplace yoga and yoga at work, can be helpful in relieving these energy-draining problems. The better new is that more and more employers are embracing health and wellness in the workplace. It’s a good thing, too, considering research is increasingly showing that workplace yoga can be great for employees efficiency – including reducing stress, relieving back pain and improving mental clarity.

As if that wasn’t enough, yoga in the workplace makes practicing convenient. You’re going to be at work all day, anyway. Why not schedule in some time during the lunch hour to walk to the break room and do a few asana with your cube-mates?

Plus, practicing yoga before, during or after work with co-workers can improve employee bonding. That means a boost in morale and camaraderie, which can lead to better, more efficient coordination and collaboration.

Answering the tough questions

Let’s revisit the original questions:

  • I just don’t have enough time to work out. With corporate yoga, the teacher comes to you during pre-scheduled times that work within your busy schedule.
  • I am constantly stressed at work. Yoga can help relieve stress, which can help you concentrate better.
  • Sometimes, I just need a few minutes for myself. When you’re practicing yoga, you have the entire class to yourself.
  • I want to build my strength, flexibility and/or posture. Through series of poses, you’ll build strength, flexibility, balance and posture!
  • My body aches from sitting all day. Stretching before, during or after work can help reduce the aches and pains you get in your neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs from being sedentary most of the day.
  • Without a boost of caffeine (i.e. coffee), I can’t make it through the day. Practicing yoga at work can give you that same boost, naturally! No need to constantly be caffeinated anymore. (Ok, you can still drink your coffee – we won’t stop you!)

Practicing yoga at work can be great for your mental and physical self. And if you have trouble convincing your organization to bring a yoga instructor in to teach in your office, remind them that happier, healthier employees leads to a more efficient, thriving company. Simple as that.

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