Corporate Yoga the Best Investment You Can Make

If you were guaranteed a 300% return on your investment would you sign on the dotted line? Absolutely. What about when it comes to your health? Despite the research and statistics that are out there, we continue to play Russian Roulette with our health. We work hard to make money so we can live the life we desire. But what is all that money worth if we are not healthy enough to enjoy our lives the way we want to?

When our health declines, it doesn’t happen overnight. It is a slow and steady descent that is often difficult to recover from and usually results in one or more losses in our lives. We are proactive with our finances: we save; we invest for the future. Now is the time to also start being proactive in our health and the path to better health can begin at work.

Companies want employees with unique specialized skills: people who go above and beyond expectations. They anticipate challenges and respond to opportunities that create growth and value for the company. Whether it is sales, marketing, finance, law, or something in between, companies want their employees to be at the top of their game and to be productive all day, every day. Unfortunately, the reality is that our bodies are not physiologically designed to withstand the demands and stresses we impose upon ourselves during long busy days at the office.

You don’t wake up one day and decide to be sick or unwell. Unless you are in an accident, there is likely something happening over time that causes the body to break down and become ill. Stress has become normalized in the workplace; many people don’t even realize that they are stressed. General busy-ness, hurriedness and day-to-day chaos place our bodies in a constant state of fight or flight for extended periods of time. Our natural state should be one of rest and repose, which is now becoming the exception rather than the rule.

Burnout rates are higher than ever. Sick leave, stress leave, and mental health leave are becoming regular occurrences. These conditions aren’t only a cost to the health of the person afflicted but they also cost that person’s company time, money and manpower.

So what are smart modern proactive companies doing about this? Leading companies are working with health and wellness service providers who offer solutions to these problems, health and wellness providers like me. Companies expect a lot from their employees. Workers likewise give a lot of their time and effort to be successful and productive. So why not invest in yourself and your people? When companies invest in their employees’ wellness they can expect three dollars in cost savings and benefits for every dollar spent.

Corporate Yoga is a wonderful proactive approach that companies are bringing on board to help keep executives and their employees healthy, happy and productive. Often times when someone hears the word yoga, they immediately think of hyper-flexibility and fitness. Yoga is so much more than that and it doesn’t require any flexibility whatsoever. Yoga is an adaptable system that affects the body, the mind and the spirit in profound ways that literally change how we think, act, and feel.

Companies can help workers improve their mental clarity, boost creativity and sharpen their problem solving skills. The beauty of yoga is that it extends itself off the yoga mat and out of the yoga class into your day-to-day work and activities. You learn mental and physical skills that you first apply with some effort, but that will become second nature.

Looking for a long-term solution to improving the bottom line, cultivating healthy workers and maintaining happy bosses?

A good corporate yoga teacher is your trusted advisor who will work to understand your company’s needs and provide solutions that are customized and unique to your workplace and its people.

To learn how you can energize your workplace from individuals to teams to departments email me at lindsay@innergycorporateyoga.com for a complimentary onsite consultation. Customized. Informed. Educated. Wellness for life.

New Class Starting This Week – Yoga for Men

mens-chaturangaStarting Tuesday, November 15 from 7:15pm-8:30pm I will be teaching Men’s Yoga at Leslieville Sanctuary on Queen Street East at Curzon St.

In my experience yoga classes are predominately full of female students. The odd guy will come through never to be seen again. Based on my conversations with men about yoga classes, I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps men need their own class. We really need to confront the attitude of “I’m not flexible enough,” or “My body doesn’t bend that way”. The truth is guys have their own unique body issues like tighter hips and hamstrings and less overall flexibility compared to women. It is these issues that perhaps intimidate men from returning to or even trying out a yoga class. This is also a beginner level class so I will start teaching the foundations and build from there.

We all have preconceived ideas about what it means to be a man, or what activities are considered manly. I want yoga to be a part of the masculine conversation. All my senior yoga teachers have been men. Yoga was in fact created for men, by men.  I want to help men confront whatever it is that has been holding the back by offering a yoga practice that allows for an opportunity to soften and relax the body and mind from everyday stressors and tension. I will offer a therapeutic approach to working through tight hips and hamstrings so your yoga practice will be pain free. I want to provide guys an opportunity to be comfortable in their own bodies, in a yoga class, where they can experience success and personal growth. Through this type of yoga we will create more ease and improve overall functioning.

So come on guys, you can rent a yoga mat for a $1, so you have no excuses. Come meet some new mates, have a laugh, learn some yoga skills and ultimately enjoy the time spent taking care of yourself so you can go out enjoy all the other activities in life that you enjoy doing.