Yoga in The Workplace – Find a Positive Work Life Balance

September 22, 2020


Yoga is an ancient practice which has countless modern-day benefits. So it’s no wonder that yoga in the workplace, also known as office yoga, is becoming more popular. 

In 2017, the UK’s Health and Safety Executive determined that 12.5 million working days were ‘lost’ as a result of stress, anxiety, and depression. Yoga for the workplace helps to counteract this pressure, bring a health-conscious mindset to the office. 

In this article, we unravel just how office yoga can benefit you, and your co-workers throughout the workday.


Why Yoga?

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Why Yoga?

There are countless different styles of yoga including those that incorporate meditation, breathing techniques, relaxation, and postures. There are many physical and mental benefits of yoga as well. 

The physical benefits of yoga include:

  1. Better flexibility
  2. An increased strength
  3. An increased stamina
  4. An improved sense of balance
  5. An improved body alignment

The mental benefits of yoga include:

  1. Helpful in reducing stress
  2. Better sleeping cycles
  3. A self-confidence boost
  4. Relaxed mind
  5. Complete body awareness


Where to Practise Yoga in The Workplace

Yoga in the workplace offers office works a unique opportunity to decrease their stress and refresh their mind through exercise. There are several different options on how to practise yoga in the workplace too. 


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If there is extra space in the office, a small area can easily be set up to allow office workers to unroll their yoga mats and stretch it out. This doesn’t have to take up a permanent space either. As soon as the office yoga class is over, everyone can roll up their mats, leaving the space exactly as it was before so that there’s no inconvenience due to space.


Where to Practise Yoga in The Workplace

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Simple yoga stretches and mindful breathing techniques can also be done at your desk. Simply choose which exercises suit your goals the best and begin! 

Whether you practise yoga at your desk or take part in an office yoga session, yoga is a great way to improve your day. Check out the next section to learn about specific benefits of yoga in the workplace.


Benefits of Workplace Yoga

Public Health England recommends that at least 2 days a week should be spent practising strengthening exercises like yoga. They further noted that those who engaged in regular physical activity 30% less likely to experience depression and 40% less likely to get type 2 diabetes leading to better overall health. 

Practising yoga can also improve your productivity as well. Check out the list below to find out about 6 of the top benefits of office yoga.


1. Lower Stress

The workplace or office can be stressful. The pressure of deadlines, and workload stress, all while trying to balance your personal and professional life can be a lot. 


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Taking time to engage in mindful breathing exercises and stretch through yoga poses can help balance out this stress leading to a more positive outlook about work.


2. Improved Focus

Yoga can also help improve your focus at work. After recharging with some yoga stretches, you’ll feel less distracted and ready to focus. This can help you find creative solutions to work projects and be more productive throughout the day.


3. Better Posture

Yoga poses can help you properly align your posture. Working continuously at a computer can have a negative impact on your posture over time. Practising yoga at work can help you correct your posture, which can also help with back pain.


4. Boost Your Confidence at Work

It can also help you boost your confidence as you learn new postures and skills. Then, you can take this to your work and confidently present projects you’ve worked on.


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5. Team Building

Get set for team building with yoga. Yoga is a great way for co-workers to interact with each other. This can boost morale and create a more cohesive team mindset and work ethic.


6. Refresh and Increase Your Energy

Finding that your energy slumps in the middle of the day? Rediscover your energy with yoga at work. After a yoga session, you and your co-workers will feel more energetic and ready to tackle the work ahead in an efficient manner.


Summary

Yoga in the workplace can create a positive work environment for everyone in the office. Happy employees will work more efficiently, discover the confidence to complete projects and solve problems creatively, which will, in turn, help the company too! 

The best part is that unlike other forms of physical activity, yoga doesn’t take up a lot of space. This means that all you need is a spare room and a yoga mat or give desk-yoga a go right from your spot in the office.

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Laura Farrington

Guest Author


Laura Farrington


“I have been there, experienced first-hand the daily pressure and felt the affects of work stress and fatigue. I believe that incorporating yoga and mindfulness into the work environment will alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, being “hyper-connected” multi-tasking and overall low morale!” 

Before Laura became a teacher at Irish Yoga Girl, she worked for a large mobile telecommunications company in a high-performing team of Account Managers. Her experience with office-related stress, burnout, and fatigue inspired her to start yoga as a way to increase mindfulness and create a positive work-life balance. 

Motivated by her passion for yoga, she travelled to India, the birthplace of yoga, where she studied to become a Yoga mindfulness teacher and coach. Laura is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and completed her YTT 200hrs under the teaching of Prashantj Yoga who is a renowned Yoga master. She has also completed courses with the Southern Yogi, Noah Maze and Patrick Beach and is a big advocate of transcendental and mantra Meditation. 

Today, Laura routinely works with medium to large companies to introduce their employees to yoga. In these classes, she aims to teach stress management techniques to her clients that will empower them to take care of their mind and body. 


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1. Why is Yoga More Popular For Women?

Today, yoga has become more and more popularly viewed as a fitness routine for women. So it’s easy to come to an assumption that yoga just isn’t for men. The good news is, that’s just not true! Yoga offers just as many benefits for men as it does for women.


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Yoga hasn’t always been viewed as a fitness routine for women either. Throughout the history of yoga, which has been around for 5000 years, it was most often practised by men.

Ravi notes that the popularity of yoga among women isn’t a global phenomenon either, rather it is primarily a Western trend. In Asia, many of the yoga teachers are, and have historically been men.

Two of the most influential people to help yoga spread across the globe were men as well. Through their inspirational work both Swami Vivekananda and BKS Iyengar laid a strong foundation for the worldwide yoga community that exists today.


Swami Vivekananda

Swami was a Hindu spiritual leader who was born in India during the late 1800s. One of his most notable contributions to the worldwide spread of yoga came about as a result of lectures he offered at the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago. During these, he shared his passion for yogic meditation and hope for a harmonious society.


Swami Vivekananda

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Following this famous appearance in Chicago, Swami continued to speak across both America and England sharing his message. Essentially, Swami helped to introduce yoga to the world, creating the foundation for yoga to take root globally.


BKS Iyengar

Iyengar discovered yoga when he was 16 years old and fighting for his life. As a child, Iyengar overcame malaria, influenza, and typhoid fever to name just a few of his health challenges as a youth. Yoga became a way for him to regain his strength while recovering from his illnesses. And recover he did. During his lifetime Iyengar went on to create his own system of yoga practice, Iyengar Yoga.


Iyengar

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His books which outlined how to practise the Iyengar system of yoga were translated into 13 languages and sold in 70 countries. Not to mention that Time Magazine even named him one of the most influential people in 2004. 

Chrissie Harrison, who was the British Wheel of Yoga in 2014, explains the breadth of his contribution best “He had a great influence on, I would suspect, every yoga teacher there is.”


What Does That Mean For You? Yoga is For Guys Too!

With such a deeply influential history on the spread of yoga across the globe, both Swami and Iyengar prove that men can be just as amazing at yoga as women can.

Yoga is also beloved by countless modern celebrities. Many popular male stars such as Orlando Bloom, Colin Farrel, Tom Hanks, Ryan Goslin, and Russel Brand who is pictured below on his way to a yoga sesssion, all incorporate yoga into their fitness routines.


Russel Brand

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If you’re a guy who’s set to discover how yoga can transform his health and fitness routine, keep reading to the section below to learn more about the different types of yoga.


2. What Are The Different Types of Yoga?

One of the aspects of yoga which makes it so popular is its wide breadth of variety. There are numerous different styles of yoga, so there really is something for everyone!


What Are The Different Types of Yoga

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Hot Yoga

Are you looking for a hot fitness challenge? Then hot yoga might just be the perfect option. Hot yoga gets its name for the toasty temperatures in which it’s taught. A hot yoga class is usually taught in a room that is 35 degrees Celsius, so if you give this yoga style a go, get ready to work up a sweat!


Vinyasa

Like hot yoga, Vinyasa-style yoga is another great option for an intensive work out. During Vinyasa flow yoga classes, you’ll move at a quick yet steady pace through a series of postures. If your goal for yoga is to charge full speed ahead then Vinyasa has everything you’re looking for.


Hatha

When you’re just starting out with yoga, Hatha can be a good choice. In a Hatha yoga class, you’ll hold each pose for a few breaths to align your breathing pattern with movements. This can give beginners time to settle into new postures and get a feel for yoga at their own speed.


Ashtanga

Similar to Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga also provides fast-paced classes. Also known as ‘athletes-yoga‘, this style will set you up for a fulfilling aerobic workout. During an Ashtanga class, you’ll move through a series of specific postures which are always done in a particular sequence.


Power

Power yoga is a style which blends the quick-pace of Ashtanga and Vinyasa with a more flexible sequence. Unlike Ashtanga, during a power yoga class, you won’t need to practise postures in a particular order. Instead, the sequence of your postures may switch up from one class to another. This is great if you’ve learned the basic yoga postures, want to work up a sweat, and are ready to challenge yourself to learn some new poses.


Iyengar

Iyengar yoga focuses on using props to help you deepen your yogic postures. When you attend an Iyengar class expect to learn how to use props like yoga straps, blankets and yoga-blocks. Using these props can be especially handy if you’re finding it hard to settle into a particular pose. They are great for stabilisation so that you can stretch out your muscles without fear of wobbling too much or losing balance.


Kaiut

Kaiut yoga is a biomechanical yoga method designed by chiropractor Francisco Kaiut to work with the modern body and mind and deliver improved health and wellbeing. Life is quite different today than it was thousands of years ago when the yoga asanas were originally designed. This method works from the joints to remove the restrictions in our systems that come from our sedentary lifestyle and often overloaded minds. Kaiut Yoga is intentionally designed to be accessible to all body types – male or female, young or old, flexible or not.


Kundalini

Kundalini is one of the most meditative styles of yoga and often involves chanting. This makes it great for relaxing the mind and body after a stressful day.


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