MINDFUL MOVEMENT AND YOGA CLASSES
Onsite. Online. Hybrid.
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.
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 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.
Yoga is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, to increase levels of energy, concentration, creativity and decision making.
Research also directly links staff wellbeing to higher profitability, lower staff turnover, a more productive, happier team.
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.
I’m unfit/inflexible, can I still do yoga?"Yoga is for everyone when it is well curated and well taught. Our focus is on mental strength rather than physical prowess. It is common for people with varying levels of physical fitness and experience to attend the same class, working at their own pace. Yoga is not a competitive sport, it is about the individual’s experience.
I’ve tried to meditate before and it didn’t work. What do you do that’s different?Our meditations are active, including things such as breathing techniques, visualisation and physical movement. Sitting in silence and trying not to think of anything is impossible! We guide you each step of the way so it becomes easy for you to shift your mental focus and find a meditative place.
What kind of meditation do you do?We select meditations from the Kundalini tradition, each one has a different focus, for example: energy boost, balance, attracting opportunities, reducing fear.
Doesn’t meditation leave people feeling sleepy and so surely unproductive?Meditation is not about falling asleep but about becoming clearer and more alert so you can achieve and experience more fully. People become both energised and calm, the ideal combination for high performance individuals and teams.
What does an office based yoga class look like?Classes are designed to suit each client’s needs. From a 20 minute chair based session of stretching and gentle movement, wearing work clothes, to 45 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise.
How much space do we need?For most organisations, a meeting room is big enough. External space can be obtained if there isn’t a suitable room. Setting up a class involves very little preparation or disruption.
Do we need to buy equipment?No, we supply everything you need.
Isn’t it all a bit new age and woo woo?Yoga and meditation are ancient practices proven by scientific research to deliver real benefits. Click HERE for a few examples related to reducing stress and back pain, increasing energy and stamina, improving creativity and problem solving.
Doesn’t it disrupt the working day?Sessions are planned to work around each client’s business: short or long sessions can be delivered before work, after work, at lunchtime, whatever suits best.
How well do classes work online?Better than anyone could have imagined, the experience is really good, some people even prefer it to being physically alongside colleagues. Participants do not have to keep their cameras on so they can enjoy privacy, practicing from the comfort of their home.
5 STAR CLIENT REVIEWS!
"Regular attendees of the lunchtime sessions have noticed a tangible shift in terms of mood, energy and flexibility."
The Inner Temple
"My team has commented on the changes they’ve seen. There’s less stress, more clarity, greater imagination, I’d like to do it every day!"
"...during the whole of lockdown and wfh...Nick has kept us moving, calm and sane, whilst switching around the focus to our needs."
Davis Grant Accountants
"Nick hosts fantastic sessions in private & corporate settings - I have experienced both in person & on-line. Equally as calming & effective."
Joanna Williams Consultants
HOW CAN WE HELP?
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