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Corporate Yoga – Everything you need to know about Yoga in the Workplace

by | May 10, 2024

Bringing Wellness to the Workplace

In today’s fast-paced corporate world, it’s crucial to maintain a balance between work and wellness. Corporate yoga is becoming a popular way for businesses to enhance employee well-being and productivity. This holistic approach not only fosters physical health but also promotes a more harmonious workplace.

Benefits of Yoga in the Workplace

Yoga in the workplace offers numerous benefits:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety: Regular practice helps alleviate workplace stress and fosters mental clarity.
  • Enhances productivity: Yoga can enhance cognitive function, and reduce distracted unfocussed mind, leading to a more efficient way of working.
  • Boosts employee morale and engagement: Shared yoga sessions enhance team spirit and employee satisfaction.
  • Improves physical health: It can reduce the incidence of common issues like back pain and repetitive strain injuries.
  • Improves Decision-Making and Creativity: The mindfulness practiced in yoga helps to clear the mind, allowing for more creative thought processes and improved decision-making.

Why Corporate Yoga?

Statistics highlight the growing popularity and effectiveness of yoga in corporate settings. For instance, studies have shown that companies incorporating yoga see a decline in employee absenteeism and a boost in morale. 

> In Australia, over 1.4 million people aged over 15 years old in Australia participated in yoga. (Statista,2023)

> 89% of workers at companies that support well-being initiatives are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work. (Forbes, 2019) 

>More than 9 in 10 workers say they feel more motivated at their job if their leaders support well-being efforts. (APA, 2016) 

> 86% of people report a better mood after doing yoga. (Source: Eventbrite)

Getting Started with Corporate Yoga

1. Finding the Right Venue

Decide whether you want the sessions to be online, which offers flexibility, or in-person, which can be more interactive. Both have their merits depending on your company’s needs.

2. Choosing the Right Teacher

The success of your corporate yoga program largely depends on the instructor. When selecting a yoga teacher, consider the following aspects to ensure a good fit for your corporate environment:

  • Experience and Certification: Look for a teacher with a professional certification in yoga, preferably with additional qualifications in corporate or office yoga. Experience teaching in corporate settings is a plus as it means they’re likely familiar with the challenges and dynamics of such environments.
  • Teaching Style: Every yoga instructor has a unique style. Some focus more on physical postures, while others might emphasise mindfulness and meditation. Ask questions or attend their classes to gauge whether their style aligns with the needs and preferences of your employees.
  • Ability to Connect: The instructor should be personable and approachable, capable of building a rapport with participants. They should be skilled in creating an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes all levels of experience, from beginners to more advanced practitioners.
  • Adaptability: A good corporate yoga teacher should be flexible and able to adapt sessions to the physical space available and the varying fitness levels of participants. 
  • References and Feedback: Ask for references or look for reviews from other companies where they have conducted classes. Feedback from other corporate clients can provide valuable insights into the instructor’s reliability and effectiveness.
  • Personality and Energy: The teacher’s energy can greatly influence the energy of the class. Choose someone whose energy is calming yet invigorating, someone who can motivate your team and promote a positive atmosphere.

3. Equipment

Decide if you will buy yoga mats and props, or rent them from the teacher. Buying may be cost-effective in the long run, but renting can reduce initial costs.

Other Options to Consider

Organising Workshops

Consider hosting special yoga workshops, like acro-yoga, which are not only fun but also excellent for team-building.

Corporate Yoga Retreats

A yoga retreat can be a refreshing break for employees, offering them a chance to rejuvenate. Contact us if you would like to learn more about our retreat packages.

Holistic Wellness Programs

Integrate yoga with other wellness activities like meditation or nutrition workshops to create a comprehensive wellness program.

Conclusion

Corporate yoga is a transformative tool that can dramatically enhance the wellness and productivity of your workforce. Interested in learning more about how to implement a successful corporate yoga program in your organisation? Contact us today to explore how we can help you foster a healthier, happier workplace.