When you own your breath, no one can steal your peace
Yoga is a scientific discipline that offers practical and definitive results while addressing tension in both the body and the mind. Yoga at the workplace has become popular in many companies nationwide because of the stress reduction benefits and the low cost of implementation.
Unlike other exercise routines yoga is low impact, improves strength and flexibility, builds concentration, and reduces mental and physical stress and tension. In addition, yoga is known to eradicate fatigue and generate energy, all of which lead to increased productivity and morale. Yoga exercises are simple and can be modified for different skill levels and abilities – perfect for the office environment!
While most stress management workshops just talk about how to deal with stress, our office/corporate yoga programs get results. Your employees will learn and experience proven techniques that have immediate and lasting effects.
Who uses/has used office/corporate yoga?
You may be surprised at how many large corporations use corporate yoga at work. Here is a list of just a few. See how many names you recognize:
New York Police Dept., IBM, Microsoft, HBO, Nike, Nexcomm, Intel, AT&T, NYNEX, Forbes, Apple, Pepsico, GE, Chase Manhattan, Qualcomm, Bristol-Myers, The White House, US Marines.
” The Effects of workplace related stress are no surprise to today’s employers. A 1992 UN report called job stress – The 20th. Century Epidemic.”
“The World Health Organization called job stress a “World Wide Epidemic.”
“The National Science Foundation reports that over 30% of American adults experience enough daily stress to impact their performance at home or at work.”
“The American Institute for stress has implicated stress as the cause of nearly 90% of doctor visits in the U.S. The total annual costs of stress to the average employer are staggering.”
“According to the US Department of labor, two thirds of reported cases of occupational stress are experienced by white collar workers, and repetitive stress injuries have risen 1000% in the past 14 years. These claims carry with them an estimated average expense exceeding $14,000 per company.”
“Yoga in conjunction with meditation can indeed lower stress and improve work performance.”Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Mass. Medical center. “A yoga-based regimen is more effective than wrist splinting in relieving some symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome." Journal of American Medical Association, 1999
“Many doctors now prescribe yoga for patients suffering from heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes. Imagine what it can do for people whose biggest complaint is stress headaches.” US News and World Reports, 1997
“Yoga is a very powerful tool of stress management.” Dr. Dean Ornish
“The bottom line is that yoga is an exercise that is food for the heart.” Dr. Noel Bairey Merz; Medical Director Cardiac Center at Cedars Sanai Medical Center, Los Angeles “Fifteen million Americans include some form of yoga in their fitness regimen-twice as many as did five years ago.” Time Magazine
“The deep breathing and relaxation employees get from yoga help them to be more focused. When they go back to work, they’re in a position to make better decisions.” – Bill Doyle, HBO Employee, Health and Fitness Director
“Whether or not studies have actually proven that productivity is up and health care costs are down, anecdotally, the evidence is overwhelming. Companies understand you have to address employees’ health and well-being. Employees need time to relax, and a lot of people are gravitating toward yoga as a way to manage stress.” -Edie Weiner, President of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc. New York Trend Analyst Firm
“The best part of yoga is that it doesn’t end with class. What you learn through yoga readily transfers to other aspects of life.” –Sandra Uyterhoeven, Columnist, HR Today