Corporate Yoga: Is It Worth It?

by on December 10, 2016

Although the title of this blog post sounds a bit deceiving, let’s be honest. I’m a yoga instructor and therefore I’m always going to advocate for the use of yoga in any setting. Corporate settings are no exception.

Corporate Yoga has been a part of my offerings for over 6 years now and it’s one of my favorite classes to teach. Prenatal yoga gives me the opportunity to connect with mothers before their child is born and postpartum and tummy time give me a chance to help parents through tough transitions. However, corporate yoga provides a unique opportunity for me to work with clients who all have something in common: work stress.

 

 

Research shows that practicing yoga and meditation has tremendous benefits physically, mentally and emotionally- and making yoga accessible in the work place can have maximal benefits to both employers and employees. Corporate yoga can reduce stress while improving overall office morale, decrease absenteeism and dramatically improve productivity. It also creates a caring environment where employees feel cared for and well-bonded.

Corporate Yoga seems like a no-brainer, but unfortunately, getting yoga in your workplace often boils down to a matter of dollars and cents. I’ve compiled my top 3 reasons corporate yoga is “worth it” for the actual corporation.

  1. Your company will make more money. Selling employers on the idea of incorporating yoga into the work day of their employees is no easy feat. However, it’s important to remember that the price of an hour long class is relatively small in the grand scheme of the productivity it can bring. Employees who are mentally and physically balanced are more likely to produce better work. More quality work translates into increased profits for businesses.
  2. You’re creating an optimal work environment. When a company invests in corporate yoga for its employees, it’s sending a clear message to them that says, “We care about you!”. It creates an environment where employees feel valued and that they have permission to step away from their desks to invest in their own self-care. Statistics show that many in the U.S. workforce feel overworked and undervalued. Providing corporate yoga is a small gesture that might help to break that cycle.
  3. Your managers will likely get more respect. When corporate yoga is a part of your work environment, it gives managers the opportunity to connect with their team. They have the opportunity to check in with how their team feels physically, mentally, and emotionally in a visible way. To talk about their team’s quality of work and how to improve it by improving self-care. To contribute to the overall company moral. And to increase team’s respect for management- simply by showing them you respect their well-being. When you show respect to your team, they are likely to show respect to you.

When deciding whether or not to start (or discontinue) corporate yoga in your workplace, make an informed decision. Many studies show that there are proven benefits to incorporating yoga and meditation in the work place. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at information I posted during Corporate Yoga Month back in January 2016.

If you’re not sold on the research, simply go to the source and ask. Check in with every employee to see what their thoughts are. If you have been paying for corporate yoga, but are thinking about cutting it due to budget, make sure you check in with the people who have been attending regularly. What do they have to say about it? How has their productivity and quality of work been lately in relation to their counterparts that don’t attend the yoga sessions? Ask them if they see value in adding this service or drawbacks to discontinuing it.

Are you interested in learning more about Corporate Yoga with Emily Masnoon? I’d be happy to stop by your office or hop on a call to discuss. Contact me today.

 

 

 

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