"The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships." –  T.K.V. Desikachar

Many companies encourage employees to take part in physical activities for the sake of their health. Some even go a step further by offering workplace programs that get people on their feet. One of the most accessible physical activities employees can take part in, even with a busy schedule, is yoga.

Good for the mind, body, and spirit, yoga is one of the most healthy practices you can recommend to your employees. In addition to health benefits for the individuals practicing it, yoga offers great rewards overall for your business. Read on for 6 reasons you should encourage your employees to do yoga. 

It provides an energy boost
It may seem odd that something physically taxing can be energizing, but this is certainly true of exercise. Yoga helps improve circulation in the body and awakens the nervous system. As a result, it gives a boost of energy and prevents the feeling of burnout, which is common among employees. 

Recommending yoga to them will therefore help them feel more pumped up for work, and also prevent the detrimental effects of burnout, which eventually affects their productivity and your business. 

It relieves stress
Yoga is often associated with stress relief, making it perfect for hard-working employees. Work is naturally a stressful environment for many, due to the demands to meet deadlines, targets, and so much more tension. 

Doing yoga helps ground the mind and center the spirit and one of the best results of that is stress relief. With less stress in the workplace, there’ll be less tension among employees which translates to fewer conflicts. 

It improves physical & mental health
According to studies, yoga can help manage chronic health conditions such as insomnia, high blood pressure, and depression. Such benefits are certainly advantageous to both employees and the companies they work for. 

A healthy workforce is a happy one. Yoga also improves people’s moods and increases positivity due to the release of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.

It increases focus and productivity
Removing stress through yoga also helps employees to relax and focus on the tasks they need to complete. With improved focus, productivity is also boosted. That’s beneficial not only for the employees who get a sense of fulfillment from being able to meet their goals, but also for the business they are part of. 

It increases confidence
Feeling confident at work is a stepping stone to being successful in an assigned role. While there are plenty of hacks to help employees feel more confident, yoga is not commonly used but is just as effective.

Practicing yoga involves mastering flexibility, which gives a person confidence in their body and movement. With time, that confidence transfers to all aspects of their life, including work, and allows them to unleash their inner go-getter.

It is a team-building practice
Team-building activities that involve fun and games are common in many businesses. These help employees get to know each other better and bond. Having a yoga program at work for employees to take part in is a good example of such team-building exercises.

The shared experience helps them bond and form connections that would be otherwise harder to make while working. In addition, the stress-relieving properties of yoga help employees relax, feel happier, and work more cohesively as a team.   

"The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” – Sakyong Mipham