Are you reading this article with tired shoulders or have an aching back?
Sitting at a desk or travelling for long periods not only leads to pains in the hips, back and neck it also can leave us feeling mentally tired. As a result, you may find your productivity takes a hit.
Do you think Yoga is just for hippies and doesn’t have a place in business? It is time to think again.
There are several studies showing that by incorporating wellbeing into your working day you can improve your productivity.
Last October, Aegon published a study that revealed over four million days are taken off by employees every year due to worries. Employees also revealed stress can cost them up to two hours of productive output per day. This productivity hit is estimated to cost businesses in the UK £1.6 bn each year.
Workplace stress isn’t just for people who work for corporates. Small start-ups can be more stressful places to work, since everyone is doing several roles at once in order to get the business off the ground.
Research carried out by Reward Gateway revealed that 52 % of UK employees would choose a company that cared about their wellbeing over a company that offers a higher salary.
Yoga offers businesses the opportunity to provide their employees with a platform for them to take ownership of their own wellbeing. Consider the following 4 ways that Yoga can help to improve your productivity and that of your employees:
Yoga can calm a busy mind, reduce stress and help you get rid of unwanted tension. The breathing exercises may encourage you to relax, so you’re more likely to drift off when you go to bed. Research shows that yoga can help you sleep for longer, improve your sleep quality and make you feel better during the day.
Yoga is also very good for business people, as it allows you to be in the moment instead of worrying about all the things you have to do. I use breath work and meditation during my working day, as well as doing a daily yoga practice, to help keep me grounded. This helps to keep my stress levels down and dedicate all of my focus on each task in my busy diary.
Alleviate Aches & Pains
Yoga can strengthen your joints so that you can move them more easily. It is a good form of exercise if you spend your day sitting or typing. It is great to alleviate aches and pain in the wrists and to strengthen them since many of the poses require some weight-bearing on the hands.
Clarity of Thought
You can practise yoga and breathing exercises at home in the evenings or whilst sitting at your desk. For those days where you can't manage to get out of the office for some fresh air, a short meditation at your desk or some breath work can improve your mental clarity and give your brain that extra boost.