Yoga is recognised to be very beneficial to mental health and can reduce muscle and back pain, a regular complaint of employee absences. The physical postures of yoga can help to keep the body supple and strong and maintain healthy joints.
Wasing’s very own yoga and wellbeing Teacher, Jill Watson, will lead the sessions. ‘We will concentrate on breathing and gentle yoga so it’s ideal for beginners and those who have done yoga before,’ says Jill, who believes yoga is good for everyone and can be particularly beneficial when used in the workplace. ‘Everyone is welcome and no previous yoga experience is necessary.’
Yoga in the workplace:
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Breaks up the working day to give desk-bound bodies a boost
- Increases stress-reducing hormones
- Improves thought processes, attention span and listening
- Helps you connect with colleagues and improve team relationships
- Slows you down and helps reset the body and brain
- Is accessible to all
Jill says adding yoga and meditation in as a regular practice can have a positive influence on employees’ mental health. ‘It’s great that businesses are engaging with these visible conversations on stress and mental health, but they also need to remember it’s not a one-time or occasional thing we’re talking about. It’s about becoming a more human business. As well as asking employees to be better resourced to deal with stress, workplaces need to look seriously at removing the causes of that stress and truly putting people before productivity.’
So whether you are looking to reduce stress in the workplace, encourage more creative thinking or improve team relationships remember to book your free yoga session with your next corporate booking at Wasing.
*Terms and conditions apply. Free yoga sessions are valid between 1 November 2018 and 30 April 2019 and can only be taken with 24-hour corporate bookings.
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