A healthy and happy workforce can lead to an increase in productivity
Yoga in the workplace can be tailored around your specific needs, it might be a regular class, virtual or face to face, or a one off event that aims to bring a workforce together, promoting cohesion and raising morale. You may want to promote relaxation to improve focus and concentration, you may want to create a mood of creativity to inspire new ideas, or energise and build physical strength and endurance to improve resilience. Whatever your goals a huge benefit of bringing yoga into the office is to reduce stress. Stress is the body's response to external perceived pressure. Yoga can teach individuals to change their response to stressful situations, therefore reducing the negative effects of stress. Yoga can also counter the physical effects of prolonged periods of working at a PC or laptop that might lead to back, shoulder or wrist pain.
Of British adults in employment it was found 79% commonly experienced work related stress during 2020, compared to 59% in 2018. https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf A 2019 study by the British Chiropractic Association found that 33% of the UK population have taken time off with back pain, 23% of those stated this had a negative impact on their working life. Prolonged, unhealthy levels of stress can lead to serious conditions. Excessive levels of cortisol increases susceptibility to illness and immune suppression further leading to vulnerability to colds, flu and some cancers. Blood sugar fluctuations are linked to adult onset of Diabetes, respiratory, digestive and heart and circulatory system can all be detrimentally affected giving rise to risk of asthma, IBS and Heart Disease. NHS England recommends at least 150 minutes p/w of moderate aerobic activity to combat these health risks.