Whether at a Fortune 500 company, start-up, non-profit or government organization, many people today work long hours at sedentary jobs under stressful conditions. Many are on the verge of burnout. With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws the focus away from the stress of the day toward a calm place as the body moves through poses that require balance and concentration. When people have the opportunity to reboot —relax, release tension, and rejuvenate—they return to their jobs with renewed positive attitude. They are more productive, experience less stress and anxiety, are higher performing, focused, and poised for success.
Devoting an hour of the work day to move the body and tune in to the breath brings additional benefits as well. Yoga is a tool that can be used to develop energy management skills, gain effectiveness under pressure, and cultivate camaraderie among colleagues. And because a company’s greatest asset is its workforce, a healthy, satisfied, loyal, and enthusiastic staff will undoubtedly move business forward. Reboot Yoga provides something extra for the body, mind, and soul—benefiting the employer and the employee.
- According to one study done by Ohio State University in 2009, 20 minutes of workplace yoga over the course of 6 weeks can lower feelings of stress by 10% and increase sleep quality in sedentary office workers. Reducing stress contributes to lowering instances of disease which influences lowered health care cost.
- According to researchers from the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, yoga in conjunction with meditation can relieve stress and improve work performance. The Stress Reduction Clinic is the oldest and largest hospital-based mind/body center of its kind in the United States, treating more than 10,000 patients since opening in 1979.
- Bill Boyle, Employee Health and Fitness Director at HBO says, “Everybody is under more stress now and has to perform better, and work more hours in a day. Yoga gives them a chance to take it all in stride.”
- Health insurance premiums are rising at an alarming rate. A yoga program reduces the number of insurance claims. In fact, insurance companies often offer a discount to companies offering employee wellness programs.