The benefits of yoga in the workplace are numerous. The postures and the concentration on breathing help to combat stress and the tightening effects of sitting at a desk. I re-mobilise backs and I've seen sciatica disappear from sufferers.
Employees find there are enormous benefits to having yoga classes provided for them.
Dear Office Manager.
I am so pleased that you are considering introducing yoga into your workplace. I can answer some questions you may have here on this page. Here are some points regarding the benefits of yoga in the workplace:
People attend for a variety of reasons. Some people attend because they have no time to go to a gym and find it handy that yoga/exercise comes to them. Some already practice yoga, and some use it to support whatever sport they do. Sporty people appreciate the improvement in their performances and prevention of injury due to increased mobility. There are some difficult postures and some like that challenge. Beginners find plenty to get them hooked.
Some like the meditation and calming aspect of the practice. Employers like this aspect to support employees who suffer stress, depression or anxiety and to reduce the amount of sick leave people take due to physical or mental illness. Common workplace health problems can be managed or cured, such as back-ache or sciatica, also reducing sick days taken. I teach Ashtanga when people are full of energy and raring to go. I teach a Yin/toned down class when people need more of a stretchy, restorative session. Each class is different, depending on the attendees.
The NHS currently recommends at least 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate aerobic activity a week, such as cycling or fast walking, and muscle strengthening exercises on two or more days a week. If you consider that we were not designed for long periods of sitting, then spending as much time as you can in counteracting the effects of sitting at a computer is time well invested.
I teach any number of people, all abilities, conditions and even injuries. Please contact me if you would like to introduce yoga into your workplace or if you would like to do a one-off wellness day. Yoga classes need very few props and equipment - just a room with tables and chairs moved aside and yoga mats. Individuals or the company usually provide mats. You will want to see my insurance and qualification certificates. The certificates can be found on this website. I will send proof of insurance.
I hope to hear from you soon. Please get in touch via the 'contact' page.
Workplace Yoga in the News
Here is an article by The Independent called ‘Yoga in the workplace can reduce back pain and sickness absence’. Absolutely! I hear about back problems due to endless sedentary duties all the time. The Inde tells us that ‘back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor, and missed work. In fact, absence from work due to back problems costs British employers more than £3bn every year.’
Some companies have many successful years of yoga-in-the-workplace under their belt. It's a very important perk for the workforce and the office yogis are pretty advanced in their practice. They want more than an hour's class can give them.
What more can I offer?
A one-hour class is a practical length to fit into the working day but if you're interested in 75 or 90 minutes, that's possible. People are usually more interested in moving the body than in meditation but if you want chanting, 'pranayama' and meditation included in the hour's class, of course that's doable.
Perhaps your yogis would be interested in a Weekend Workplace Workshop to deepen their practice. Perhaps some would like a weekend class that involves the children. Slightly more indulgent might be a retreat in a country manor exclusive to the company. Let me know if you want to discuss this or if you have other ideas.