Everybody can participate in yoga classes, regardless of age, experience, physical flexibility or strength.
The focus is on mental strength and agility rather than physical prowess.
Classes combine movement and breathing exercises that change weekly.
Sessions help boost energy, release tension and increase vitality:
Yoga has greater wellbeing benefits than similar aerobic exercises and is proven to improve mood and reduce stress by releasing the “happy hormones”: serotonin, dopamine and endorphins.
Sessions are designed to meet specific needs, for example:
MORNING: stretching out any morning stiffness, building energy to get your day off to a bright start
LUNCHTIME/MID AFTERNOON: re-set mind and body after the morning’s challenges plus an energy burst so you get the most from the afternoon
END OF DAY: flex the body to help achieve a relaxed evening, feeling refreshed for the next day.
Corporate Yoga For Office Based Employees
Office yoga classes are now offered by more and more organisations that care about employee wellbeing. Staff yoga is not about poses that are impossible to achieve or going to yoga studios that people can find intimidating. In fact, it isn’t about physical fitness or flexibility at all. It’s a fun and engaging way to reduce stress, increase energy and build mental clarity.
Gym membership and running clubs are great, but yoga is proven to have greater benefits than similar aerobic exercises.
Staff yoga is a teambuilding tool used by many clients as it unites people in a common goal, to become more balanced, clear-minded and creative.
Each week we run most of our employee yoga classes in London and the south east but we do look after corporate yoga clients all over the UK. Since the coronavirus pandemic, we have also been serving all our clients online, as far afield as New York and Chile!
How Corporate Yoga London Helps Relieves Stress
There is good stress and there is bad stress. A little stress can help propel us to become high achievers, but too much stress kills our capacity to be imaginative, to make good decisions. It can cause damage to our health: at the last count, 53% of all lost working days were due to stress. That was before the coronavirus pandemic.
There are many things in life that can lead to stress, a few of the main ones include relationships, finances, health, sleep, insecurity, trauma. Then there are specific work stresses including deadlines, workload, targets, clients, colleagues, environment, travel, long hours. And of course work stress and life stress are interwoven. We spend more waking hours at work than we do at home so it makes sense to do things at work to relieve stress.
Office yoga wellbeing is a simple AND PROVEN way to help staff release the build up of stress that can lead to below par performance and ultimately, ill health. Workplace exercise classes can be gentle, done in a chair and in work clothes. Or they can be more vigorous, more like what you would find in a gym. A key element is to make it easy for staff to participate and to work within their physical capacity. It’s not a competitive sport, despite what you might see in yoga studios!
In recent months, the lockdown has resulted in higher levels of stress than “normal” and home has become the workplace for many. Back and neck pain complaints are commonplace, as people’s home working set up is not as ergonomic as in the office. Thanks to online platforms such as Zoom, workplace exercise has been taking place at home.
The Benefits Of Workplace Yoga or Yoga in Office
The number one cause (53%) of work days lost is stress. Yoga is proven to reduce stress, so at the most basic level, workplace yoga classes have a positive impact on the bottom line. But it goes a lot deeper as yoga also enhances mood: a happier workforce creates a more positive atmosphere and when done in groups, can generate a culture of good teamwork.
At different points in the work day, it is normal to feel a little tired or sluggish, and this is where the energising benefits of yoga for employees can really be felt. Furthermore, scientific research confirms the cognitive benefits as yoga with improvements to memory, concentration, creativity and decision-making.
There is a particular intensity to working in most large cities, which is why yoga classes in London are so popular. If you search for yoga classes London, you will find a good selection in studios and gyms, choosing from the many different styles such as Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. The style of yoga we teach is called Kundalini, which is similar to others and yet quite distinctive. It is a blend of physical postures, meditation, breathing techniques and visualisation. It focuses on mental strength rather than physical prowess so is suitable for all ages and abilities. We chose Kundalini because we have seen it deliver great results among a broad range of people.
Yoga benefits are both physical and mental. It can help you build strength, flexibility and stamina, to increase vitality and energy. It has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve mood and brain function for learning and memory.
Being from London, that’s where we started building our client base, running classes in clients’ offices or using other suitable venues. But we now provide face to face classes around the UK as well as online classes around the world.
OFFICE YOGA LONDON FAQs
What happens if you do yoga regularly?
Every type of physical or mental wellbeing practice is ‘better’ when done regularly rather than occasionally. If you do a daily meditation or go for a run three times a week or do two yoga classes a week, you will definitely feel more relaxed, flexible and energised than if you do something just once a month.
How many days a week should you do yoga to see results?
Just once a week will deliver results but ideally you would do at least two classes per week. It will partly depend on what else you do in your life, for example if you go to the gym once a week and meditate three times a week, then you are likely to benefit more from a single weekly yoga class than someone who does nothing apart from the weekly yoga class, as your mind and body become more agile and stronger.
How long does it take to see results from doing yoga?
You can feel great straight after your first class because the ‘happy’ hormones are released: serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. But the real results become clear after three classes, when you can immediately relax into the rhythm of the class and you start to build your energy and resilience and to reduce your stress levels.
Does yoga improve productivity?
Scientific studies have repeatedly proved that yoga improves productivity and performance. Regular yoga classes help reduce stress and increase creativity, improving decision making skills and resilience. Having more energy, better mood and a greater ability to focus and concentrate are all contributing factors.
Does yoga make you more energetic at work?
Yes! Yoga gets the heart rate up and increases blood flow to the brain, releasing endorphins – this all raises your energy. It also improves mood and reduces stress, which in turn has a positive impact on energy levels.
How much space do I need to run a corporate yoga class at my workplace?
Surprisingly little. Of course it will depend on whether you do chair yoga or mat yoga and how many people participate, but a typical meeting room with the table and chairs pushed away from the centre is usually enough. Since the pandemic, more companies have realised the value of running online yoga classes which take up no office space at all. We anticipate that not all employees will be rushing back to the office when they re-open, and that many of them will still want to join the yoga classes online, even if they are taking place on site.
Are your classes suitable for beginners?
This is a really important question and the answer is YES. Yoga is not a competitive sport or about being a contortionist, despite the photos you might see posted on social media! When properly taught, yoga focuses on mental strength more than physical prowess and is for all ages and abilities. It is an entirely personal experience so while one person might know the exercises and be able to perform them well, nobody is ‘better’ at yoga than anyone else.
Why do yoga at the office?
To attract, retain and look after staff, most companies now have a wellbeing plan in place and this might include yoga classes held in the office. This makes it really convenient and time efficient for staff to attend, perhaps just before the start of the work day, at lunchtime or straight after work. Such classes can also have team building qualities as they become a shared experience rather than a solitary practice.
How many hours a day should you practice yoga?
If you practice several times a week, you can get a lot from sessions as short as 30 minutes. However, typical classes last between 45 and 90 minutes, which gives the body and mind time both to be energised and relaxed.