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Yoga in the Office

Yoga classes at Work

The benefits of daily yoga don’t end when you step off the mat. In addition to the numerous physical health benefits yoga provides, regular practice can make a difference in some unexpected places—including the workplace. Here are some ways yoga can help at work.

Improves Concentration and Memory

Anyone who’s tried to master a difficult pose knows it takes more than just muscle to get there. Yoga requires focus and concentration, and that habit of filtering out extraneous stimuli can make a big difference at work. With a regular practice you might notice that it’s a lot easier to focus on your work without being distracted by chatty coworkers, and that you can recall details that might otherwise get lost in your mental clutter. Yoga doesn’t just build physical strength and flexibility; it builds mental strength and focus as well.

Encourages Patience and Mindfulness

How often do you obsessively check your watch in meetings, ready to rush off to the next task or ever find you are constantly checking emails whilst some else is do the talking? Lets face it humans multitask badly when they are tired, stressed and overloaded. Sometimes, the hardest part of work isn’t the work itself—it’s making it through the last hours of your workday, trying to catch up.  Poses in a yoga sequence aren’t items on a to-do list to check off as quickly as possible. Taking your time to master a pose prevents injury and teaches patience. Yoga helps us practice living moment-by-moment, so you can react mindfully to the impatience that sets in near the end of the workday.

Increases Energy Throughout the Day

Any form of regular exercise will increase your energy, but yoga is especially good at building physical and mental stamina, so you tire less easily throughout the day. While everyone else suffers a dip in productivity after lunch, yogis can often stay energised all day long.  If you do feel an afternoon slump coming on, some energising lunchtime yoga can get you right back on track.

Improves Posture and Mood

Studies have shown posture and mood are deeply intertwined. Slouching can decrease your self-confidence, and levels of energy. Not to mention long term risks of developing back pain issues that require time off and continuing therapy.  Yoga focuses on strengthening your core muscles, which helps you maintain an upright posture throughout the day. It also teaches you to be more aware of your body and its movements, so you’re more likely to catch yourself slouching, which means you hold better clarity for making important decisions.

Builds Self-Confidence

Nothing feels better than finally mastering a pose that used to seem impossible. Practice and patience pays off in yoga by building self-confidence. Self-doubt can be a major obstacle at work, but the self-confidence developed through yoga can build the confidence you need to tackle any challenges your job might throw at you. Even if your nemesis is simply relaxation.