Having taught yoga in both small and large corporations, I can attest to the consistent positive response to classes by employees. Over and over, participants tell me that the yoga and meditation have not only made them feel good physically, but have reduced their stress levels and improved their ability to focus and stay calm under pressure. “We really need this,” is something I often hear at the end of group glass.
But don’t just take my word for it. Check out this recent article in the Huffington Post Blog touting the benefits of yoga and meditation in the workplace, not just on the health and well-being of employees, but for the bottom line. The World Health Organization estimates the cost of stress to American Business to be as high as $300 billion annually. The direct costs are obvious — increased absenteeism and health care costs due to stress related conditions. But then there are the indirect costs of lower creativity, productivity and clear, calm decision making.
Given this effect on the bottom line, it behooves companies to assess their wellness initiatives and incorporate programs that support employees’ physical and mental well being. The ancient sciences of yoga and meditation are an ideal wellness offering as they incorporate exercises to strengthen both the body and the mind.
It truly is a win-win. Contact me to learn more about corporate yoga/meditation programs for groups as well as individuals.