We all know that yoga has numerous health and emotional benefits. Everyone and their mother is signing up for all kinds of yoga classes, including yoga with beer, yoga with wine, yoga with cats even. We here at Lux Everyday are committed to our employees’ emotional and physical well-being. And while we may not get into the out-there classes we do hold a yoga class in our office every Tuesday as part of our benefits. There is no doubt that any company, large or small, can benefit from a weekly yoga class. Here are some of the benefits we have recognised:
1. Yoga Relieves Stress
2. Decreases Physical Pain and Increases Strength
If you are suffering from aches, pains or more serious physical ailments, it will negatively affect your productivity. You will constantly be fixating on that issue. Work will be the last thing on your mind. Yoga creates movement and length in the spine by utilising poses that enhance the spines four main ways of moving: forward bend, back bend, side bend and twist. It also works on all the joints and enhance their range of movement, lengthen tight muscles, draw blood to injured areas, and have you standing taller and prouder. Yoga will not only create the pathways to good posture, but also give you an idea of how you should be standing, walking, and sitting.
Yoga makes you strong in a way that means your whole body has to work together in an effort to support itself in all kinds of unusual positions. This kind of strength is about muscular endurance, core and communication between your brain and your big toe, your brain and your fingertips, and everything in-between! For a muscle to function at peak performance, it must not only need the ability to tense and fire but also the ability to completely relax. So sometimes being strong is also about being soft.
3. Yoga Increases Focus
4. Yoga Can Boost Energy
5. It Boosts Positivity and Morale
As yoga helps to decrease stress it automatically boosts positivity and good moral. As yoga increases concentration and focus is also helps open the creative doors in one’s mind. If you are physically, mentally, and emotionally well, your morale will naturally be higher. When you are focused and have more energy, your positivity and confidence will soar. Once an employee is confident in themselves, they will have the confidence to share their ideas and collaborate more. Becoming a positive force in the workplace. If everyone follows suit, then you will have created a powerhouse of positivity and creativity. All from a few downward dog poses!
Employees that are healthy, relaxed and focused employees are more productive and cost-effective. Even encouraging employees to take 10 minutes to practice some desk-yoga stretches can suffice. Offering yoga classes at work or off-site is a low-cost and effective way to achieve happier and more productive employees.