Should you add Yoga and Pilates in the workplace? yes absolutely! Let's dive in and see why:
In today’s COVID-19 pressured environment and our busy lifestyles, we know that everyone is trying to fit as much into their hectic schedules as possible. Juggling family commitments, workloads and relationships all take priority. These can be completely time consuming, leaving us with little or no time for ourselves. Yet we all know the phrase “ Place your own mask on and breathe deeply, before helping others”
Take this phrase out of the context of airplane travel and apply it to life, in particular our work life. It highlights the fact that, if we take good care of ourselves first, we can in turn perform our tasks better. We can function well and so be more productive. This is the headline of why we should add Yoga and Pilates in the workplace, but there are far more benefits:
Top 3 Benefits of Yoga & Pilates in The Workplace
1 : STRESS AND ANXIETY RELIEF
In 2020, of British adults in employment – a staggering 79% commonly experience work-related stress. This makes work-related stress the most common form of stress in the UK. Compared to 59% in 2018 – data from the 2020 Workplace Stress Survey carried out by Perkbox reveals that work-related stress is on the rise.
It’s well documented that the pressure of work creates stress and anxiety. Statistics from the Health And Safety Executive show that 17.9million working days were lost due to work related stress, depression and anxiety in 2019-2020 and this number is only growing due to the ongoing restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
The HSE Labour Force Survey, goes on to say: In 2019/20 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 51% of all work-related ill health cases and 55% of all working days lost due to work-related ill health. For no other reason than increased attendance and therefore productivity this should be the number one reason to add Yoga and Pilates to the lives of your workforce, whether that be in the workplace, or currently in their own space, as so many people are working from home.
2 : MORALE BOOST
Over the past few years there has been a trend to move away from the heavily competitive corporate environments. People have moved to the more inclusive, encouraging and morale boosting workplaces, non more so than Virgin Limited Edition championed by Sir Richard Branson. Sir Richard believes the better you look after your staff, the better they will look after your clients.
Offering your employees FREE access to feel good activities such as Yoga and Pilates in the workplace makes your team feel more valued. This results in less staff turnover. Research has shown that companies that regularly offer a range of activities, seemingly just for the benefits of their employees, enjoy more success. Their workforces are more bonded and tend to work in a more collaborative and trusting manner.
3 : INCREASED FOCUS
The addition of Yoga and Pilates in the workplace, as a feel good activity, is particularly more effective than any other at increasing the ability to focus. A study has shown that just 20 minutes of Yoga a day could help your brain focus better. Researchers found that people did better, both speed-wise and accuracy-wise, on brain functioning tests after just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga.
Neha Gothe, a professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ran the study when he was a graduate student. He said in a statement - “The breathing and meditative exercises of Yoga aim at calming the mind and body and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath.
It appears these processes translate beyond yoga practice when you try to perform mental tasks or day-to-day activities," The study was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. The ability to control the mind and focus on the task at hand is a vitally useful skill to have in a fast-paced workplace where multitasking is a way of life. Yet again a superb reason to add Yoga and Pilates in the workplace.
Welcome To Tabitha Yoga On Demand
These are just some of the amazing benefits of Yoga and Pilates in the workplace. There are many more and we could write forever but we think you may prefer to experience the results for yourselves.
So without further ado let us introduce you to Tabitha Yoga On Demand. Tabitha Yoga On Demand is our online membership, offering Yoga and Pilates video classes, relaxations and meditations to everyone. We have designed Tabitha Yoga On Demand to be easy to use with a simple, monthly payment giving you and your staff unlimited access whenever you want to, wherever you are. The growing library of Yoga and Pilates video classes varies from month to month with classes that are ideal for beginners right through to experienced students. We even include dedicated Yoga and Pilates classes for specific professions, so everyone can maximise the time they have, however short, to devote to their mental health and wellbeing.
Looking After The Wellbeing of Your Staff
With regards to the workplace we have also designed the membership scheme to be available as a corporate umbrella membership, so as a company you can easily add Tabitha Yoga On Demand to your staff health and wellbeing programme. Based on your number of employees, a simple monthly recurring payment by your company, can give all your staff unlimited (FREE to them) access to the full library of classes, relaxations and meditations, in their own space, keeping them fitter, less stressed and happier. All of which can result is a much more present and productive workforce. If you would like to talk to us in more depth about a Corporate Membership with Tabitha Yoga On Demand please Contact Us Now
We look forward to welcoming you to the Tabitha Yoga Community and being part of your company's journey to keep your staff looking good and feeling great, both physically and mentally, in the workplace.