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How yoga can improve your productivity at work

Stress-related illnesses are a major cause of sick leave from work, accounting for millions of pounds in lost business revenue

The origins of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years, but how can incorporating this form of exercise into the daily work routine benefit you and your employees?

It is a well-known fact that sitting at a desk all day can have long-term health repercussions, with poor circulation, fatigue, boredom, headaches and weight gain all indicative of a sedentary job. Incorporating exercise or relaxation techniques into the day can help to improve the work/life balance in many ways, and what better way than with yoga?

Stress-related illnesses are a major cause of sick leave from work, accounting for millions of pounds in lost business revenue. Clearing the mind, stretching and balancing the breathing can all alleviate the symptoms of stress that are all too common in the workplace.

The mental relaxation that comes with practising yoga can make you more mindful, focus the attention and become more alert, which in turn can increase creativity and productivity – a tidy, clear mind is a productive, attentive one.

Just 30 minutes of exercise every day can have major health benefits, such as improved posture (an excellent benefit for those that sit at a desk all day), reduced blood pressure, weight loss, improved blood circulation, better metabolism, increased flexibility, and a positive mental attitude.

Yoga can also help to alleviate the symptoms of some illnesses or injuries.

Arthritis, back pain, asthma, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and even depression can all be improved through regularly practising yoga. Studies show that regular yoga sessions can significantly improve moods and reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

Many people who practise yoga also report an increase in energy levels and a better sleep pattern, in turn reducing fatigue and tiredness.

Improving the health and wellbeing at work can send productivity and morale soaring. Incorporating yoga into the daily work routine can really boost self-confidence and wellbeing, in turn creating a confident, happy employee. A physically and mentally well workforce will be a creative and productive workforce.

Well-balanced, happy employees are a pleasure to work with, both for customers, clients and colleagues.

Encouraging your employees to take a few minutes out of each day to remove themselves to a designated area in the workplace – or even outside – to relax and practise yoga moves or breathing techniques can bring a great sense of relaxation and positivity to the workplace. Yoga is a cost-effective way of creating a happy workplace and boosting productivity.

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