Reduce Stress in the Workplace with Yoga

No mat required! Wear your work clothes.

No mat required! Wear your work clothes.

Easy modifications like this modified tree pose make workplace yoga approachable for beginners.

Easy modifications like this modified tree pose make workplace yoga approachable for beginners.

Working in an office can present many physical and emotional challenges. Chronically heightened stress levels, low employee morale, and physical ailments associated with the workplace can take a large toll on a person and a team. Yoga in the workplace is an excellent way to bring wellness into the office.

Sitting in front of screens for hours in a day is draining mentally and physically. Many of us are living with chronic pain from various computer and office related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and forward head carriage. There are also many sources of general discomfort related with sitting in one position all day such as tight shoulders and hamstrings, and core weakness.

Aside from these physical discomforts, even the most peaceful workplace environments come with stressors. While we are designed to deal with moderate amounts of stress, this long term exposure to heightened stress levels is starting to take a toll on us as a society. Being able to regulate and moderate stress not only helps with emotional and mental health, but it helps prevent physical illness.

As any great manager knows, employee morale is crucial to the success of your company. With a weekly yoga class, not only does your team feel appreciated, but they have a great opportunity to bond over a positive shared experience outside of work projects.

Wellness programs are already established in many successful companies around the country. These companies are seeing an average return of $3 on every $1 they put into these programs. This return comes from a decrease in illness, physical ailments, and stress levels, as well as an increase in employee morale, creative problem solving, and team strength.

Incorporating a weekly yoga class is an easy and effective way to bring wellness into your workplace. Your group can participate in whatever way works best for the group. Whether it's a quick lunch break at the conference table wearing business clothing, or a 60 minute flow class on yoga mats, whatever you choose will make a positive impact on the team. Yoga has time and again proven to help with stress management, and having a built in weekly session for your group allows you to use these techniques easily and regularly.