Time is of the essence, isn’t it? All of us have the same 24 hours in a day, but how each one of us utilizes it, is questionable. When it comes to our health and well being, most of us are very negligent and complain about not having enough time to spend on taking care of our bodies and mind.
Professionals in all sectors of business are under tremendous pressure and stress most of the time and allocating some time for say yoga doesn’t factor. Let us understand the benefits of Yoga in their work lives and personal life. Perhaps we might then be able to spend a few hours a week on our own well being
Stress, anxiety, and depression at the workplace is an area of concern to the employers and something like Yoga that can be introduced to bring all these negatives down and have cheerful employees which is a win-win situation for both the employers and the employees. How does it benefit?
Happy employees are productive employees, they bring a lot of positivity to the workplace, lesser absenteeism, more focused at work. In all, it’s a total game changer! Less stressful employees are likely to have happier personal lives and this, in turn, leads to increased productivity.
Yoga is the science of right living and it is intended to be incorporated in daily lives. It works on all aspects of a person: physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
My belief comes with my own personal experience and I vouch on the benefits yoga can have on you.
Yoga is just not another activity, it is the path to many good things in life and health is one important aspect of it.
So, I believe all employers should actively encourage yoga at their workplace, either by establishing classes or even allotting time in the work day for training sessions.
Some major merits of yoga include improved flexibility and strength, balanced body and mind, weight management, creation of harmony, and peace, improved breathing, reduced body pain and damage, reduced stress and anxiety.
Let’s look at specific benefits of Yoga at the workplace:
- Prolonged sitting causes back pain. With yoga, the spine strengthens and helps get rid of stiff neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Helps with cardiovascular health, which means normal blood pressure, less stress, and anxiety.
- Helps improve posture
- Helps with weight management and healthy body
- Meditation and Pranayama help boost concentration and focus and increases productivity. It activates the body’s parasympathetic system or how we relax.
Presence is important in business to command respect; in yoga, it’s about connecting yourself with the present moment – being in tune with your surroundings.
So what can employers do?
The first thing to do is to is start with a regular yoga session for your employees.
Typically, they run for about 45 minutes a time. But they are completely tailor-made based on the needs and time availability.
This year let’s pledge for healthier employees and pass on the benefits of Yoga to as many people we can.
Employers are you listening? It’s time for YOGA!
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