How Yoga Can Improve Your Corporate Culture?

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Yoga is a five-thousand-year-old practice innovated and nurtured in the Indian subcontinent. Since the advent of the 20th century, yogic science has been rapidly making its mark in the western world as well. It is now being adopted by people from across the globe, whether a homemaker or an office goer. Owing to its multiple benefits that uplift the mind and body both, it is also being adopted by multinational companies and brands as a tool for mental and physical wellness among employees. Top brands like Nike, and Google now have corporate yoga as part of their work culture with the aim to build a healthy and stable workforce while maintaining a stress-free ambiance at work.

It is not just the motivation to maintain a calm atmosphere at work, it is also the rising health concerns and postural concerns among the employees due to a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, sitting in incorrect postures, and resorting to unhealthy stress busters that inspire the companies to introduce corporate yoga as part of their routine so that the employees can be driven towards taking up healthier habits and in turn, inculcate a healthy body and mind. Give a gift of good health with a yoga program for the employees. 

What Is the Need to Enroll in a Corporate Yoga Program?

The benefits of yoga are not limited to the physical plane, but they also reach out to us on a mental level, thereby uplifting mental health. By introducing corporate yoga sessions into the culture, you can,

  • Maintain a peaceful and mentally healthy workforce
  • Increase productivity at work as the employee learn to manage their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Help the employee strike a balance between work and health requirements
  • Create a safe space for the employees to destress and decompress      
  • Give a gift of good health and wellness to the employees
  • Imbibe a holistic working environment where the employees and the company can thrive together

Benefits of Yoga for Employees

·It keeps them healthy and energetic to face ups and downs at work without getting too bogged down by the challenges.

·It creates healthy competitive spirits among employees.

Helps the employees be happier and motivated, thus, more productive.

It even helps build healthier

relationships between the teams.

It works as a great ice

breaker and a healthy activity to bond over.

It keeps symptoms of stress

caused at work away.

Ideal for a mental and

physical relaxation breaks.

 

There is no doubt that the way corporate yoga is making its way into the culture at work, it would become a crucial part of the employees’ day-to-day lifestyle at work.

Some Yoga Poses That You Can Try While at Work

1. Shoulder Rolls: 120 seconds

  • Sit in the chair or a stool. Gently lift your left shoulder till it touches your ear. Slowly move your shoulder in a clockwise position while dropping it away from your ear. 
  • Lift the right shoulder to touch your ear and repeat the same process as you did with the left ear. 
  • Continue to roll your shoulders alternating with each other up to five times. 
  • Now lift both your shoulders together to touch the ears. Hold the posture for a second before slowly rotating the shoulders around and back, away from the ear. Repeat this up to five times. 

2. Open Chest Stretch: 60 seconds

  • Sit on the chair with your butt slightly on the edge of the chair. 
  • Put your palms together at the back and intertwine your fingers. 
  • Bend your body forward a bit while lifting your arms as you feel the stretch in the torso, especially the chest. 
  • Inhale slowly as you lift the chest. 
  • Exhale and relax your shoulders. 
  • Stay in the pose for up to 15 seconds before slowly releasing both your arms to rest at the sides. 

3. Neck Stretch: 60 seconds

  • Sit upright in the chair. 
  • Hold your head straight and high as if a string is pulling your head upwards. 
  • Push your right ear toward your right shoulder. Do not turn your head while doing so. 
  • Take a few breaths as you feel the stretch on the left side of your neck.
  • Repeat the same process on the left side. 

4. Chair Twist: 120 seconds

  • Sit at the edge of the chair or near the edge. Turn your thighs towards the right side of the chair. Let it rest.
  • Bring your arm to the back of the chair on the side opposite to it while seeking hold of the chair with your right hand. With the left hand, touch or hold your right knee or armrest. 
  • Breathe and focus on lengthening your spinal posture. Push your shoulder blades down while you twist your torso. 
  • Come back to the initial position and repeat the same steps on the left side. 

5. Reverse Prayer Pose: 120 seconds

  • Sit on the edge of the chair and bring both your palms together at the back with your fingers facing downwards. 
  • Join hand at the back in Namaste position. Sit near the edge of your chair. Reach your arms around behind you and bring your palms together, fingertips pointing down.
  • Exhale and release your arms.

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