For the past several years, yoga and meditation have been on the rise in corporate America. In fact, corporate wellness programs as a whole have increased, with companies doing everything from subsidizing gym memberships to offering in-house fitness classes to providing healthy cooking lessons to employees.
We fully stand behind any and all ways in which a company chooses to support employee health, but it probably goes without saying that we’re particularly big proponents of yoga and meditation.
Studies have shown that yoga has a positive effect on both mental and physical health, which is good for everyone -- employees and employers. Here’s how:
For companies, it leads to:
- Reduced medical and disability costs
- Heightened employee productivity
- Increased employee morale
- Reduced turnover
- Reduced absenteeism
- A competitive edge in hiring
For employees, it leads to:
- Reduced stress from modern-day business challenges
- Increased energy levels
- Improved body image
- Greater happiness and a more positive attitude
- Increased concentration
- Improved morale
- Decreased anxiety and tension
- Reduced muscle tension & pain from sitting at a desk
As a result of these benefits, we’re now partnering with corporations who are interested in implementing office yoga programs. In fact, we recently announced a partnership with Kaltex America Inc., a company whose CEO firmly believes in the benefits of yoga and meditation in the workplace, and we’re excited to continue to build these partnerships, going forward.
If you want to see the benefits of corporate yoga and mediation, here are some great examples:
Following a near-death experience, this CEO decided to rethink his own health regimen and overhaul Aetna’s culture by offering free in-office yoga and meditation classes to employees. Aetna says participants show increased productivity, and report less stress and pain.
Blue Chip’s CEO made a pledge to stakeholders called “The Promise of Uniting,” which “embodies a philosophy that none of us alone is as good as all of us together.” As a result of this pledge, the company implemented yoga classes, with results that Kawer calls “nothing short of remarkable.”
Not only does this CEO organize weekly Friday yoga classes as part of the company’s corporate wellness program, he also takes his employees surfing several times each week as a method of relaxation. Inns believes yoga fosters a culture of motivation, facilitates teamwork, keeps stress low and energy high, and improves engagement and loyalty among employees.
Have you heard of any other inspirational companies offering yoga and/or meditation? Share with us – we want to spread the word!
If you know of a company that would be interested in implementing a yoga or meditation program, please connect us! We’re excited to continue expanding the benefits of yoga to companies across the tri-state area.