Most people spend a third of their adult life at work. There is always a war to strike a balance between work and life. All the health-related problems faced is due to one major factor i.e., stress at workplace. Above all multi-tasking, long and odd working hours, erratic and odd eating habits add to the diseases called lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart-related problems and so on. These problems not only have an adverse effect on the employees but also to the company. Absenteeism due to illness, low energy levels, restrictions due to health issues like back bend, twist all can lead to lower productivity.
All these chronic problems have a very prominent solution that is YOGA. The energy and enthusiasm among the employees can be generated through Yoga. Yoga is to create and enjoy the union of the mind, body and soul. It helps to create healthy individual, which involves physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual aspects. Yoga teaches us to have a positive attitude and actions which leads to good health. All of us are aware of the tons of benefits we achieve from yoga, still practising yoga regularly seems to be distant apart.
While doing corporate yoga workshops I have noticed that initially participants are very enthusiastic about Yoga. They will buy the yoga dress, mat and be ready for the yoga sessions. However after few sessions, if there is a gap or no motivation, the element of yoga starts diminishing and end up in vain. Also, another option of going to yoga classes regularly and fulfilling other commitments is very hard due to busy schedule. You may argue that you hardly have time to spend with your loved ones then how can you give time to yoga.
Yoga at workplace can solve all these issues. It is based on the principle ‘if you cannot go to yoga than yoga will come to you’. Yes! Yoga at your workplace has the advantage of practising yoga within your stipulated time and as per your convenience. You make yourself comfortable and start Yoga activity. There are many simple asanas like Tadasana- standing erect with proper body alignment, Veerbhadrasana- warrior pose, vrikshasana- tree pose, etc done at your desk, on your chair.
Above all the benefits of Yoga at the workplace:
- Employees would be happy and full of energy, as a result, more productive
- Yoga promotes flexibility, strength, and peace of mind.
- Stress-related sick occurrences declines
- Improves employee alertness and helps to react calmly in challenging situations
- Relief from head, neck and back strain, and checks lifestyle diseases insomnia, high blood pressure, diabetes.
- Enhances concentration, decision-making skills and boosts multi-tasking behavior
- Improves the work environment by enhancing employee attitude and outlook
- Improves the work culture and reduces employee turnover
So yoga@workplace can be a turning point to lead a healthy life. Above all, it will be fun, innovative and relaxing. So be healthy and care for yourself. And keep in mind Yoga is a journey, not destination in fact Yoga is a Way of life!