As more and more people discover the benefits of yoga, the 3,000-year-old practice is increasingly finding its way into the workplace. The benefits of providing yoga and other mindfulness activities during lunch-hours or breaks are probably obvious to anybody who already does yoga, but a lot of them are backed up by research. The University of Michigan research centre found out that for every US$1 invested in the workplace wellness, a company can expect US$3 in cost savings or benefits.

If you're considering bringing yoga into your business — or trying to talk your boss into providing classes — knowing about these benefits might be the first step. 

It is a great way to improve workplace morale, increase productivity and bring everyone together to do something fun as a group. Yoga can be a welcome break to a busy work day or a relaxing way to de-stress during lunch time. A yoga class in the workplace will leave you and your co-workers refreshed, re-energised and ready to focus on the every day work tasks.

Benefits for the employee

  • Reduction of work stress and insomnia
  • Increased energy and decreased fatigue
  • Improvement of cognitive, creative and concentration skills
  • Physical activities that improve health and vitality
  • Decrease in back pain and other pathologies
  • Improved overall health and reduced risk for diseases, including cancer

Benefits for the employer

  • Helps decision making
  • Creates a more pleasant atmosphere at work
  • Enhances creativity and productivity
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Releases tensions
  • Builds team spirit
  • Increases employee commitment

 What will you need

  • A quiet, comfortable space large enough to use (boardroom, lunchroom, spare office, A/V room, gymnasium, etc.)
  • Each person will need a yoga mat (can be provided), comfortable clothing and a water bottle