Are you a small business owner who is stressed with the workload? Not freeing yourself enough time from work to visit the gym? Why not bring the gym to where you are without all the need for expensive gym equipment? The title of this blog surely hints you to where we are going with this.
Yoga! We know when you are running a small business, there are various tasks and activities of your business that will eat your time make you pin down to a desk. As many of you small business owners are, with doing 9-5, five days a week, yoga will provide relief by breaking this cycle.
So WHY promote YOGA at the workplace?
Yoga has been proven to increase your alertness, relieving stress thereby aiding you to gain better sleep and immensely improve your immune system which is all extremely beneficial for an individual who is experiencing the pressure of running a business. Of course, from our last blog, better sleep brings a load of positive benefits to your body’s health. According to NHS website, there is further indication that practicing regular yoga is not only beneficial for people with high-stress levels, but also for those who have heart diseases, aches, pains and depression.
Stress and tension in the workplace are a crucial factor affecting employee’s satisfaction and productivity. What can you do as a small employer to ease this? Incorporating short yoga sessions in your workday is a good option. Yoga is not just an activity you should place in your life, but an activity that business owners should enthusiastically encourage others.
Had a long lunch with a client or too many coffee meetings with various clients? When you return to your office, a little bit of yoga helps you manage your weight by creating a positive perception yourself. Therefore, it will urge you to think more about your diet as well.
The meditation and breathing exercises involved in yoga help you to become more mindful by eliminating noise and clutter around you. As it helps you increases your concentration and focus, it will enhance your creativeness and productivity, which will enable you to develop your business.
Sitting down is DANGEROUS!
Prolonged sitting can trigger so many health issues. Sometimes, your job might need you to sit in one place for very long periods. Research has proven that this can be dangerous. Sedentarily sitting down for more than five hours is equivalent to smoking more than one pack of cigarettes a day. Moreover, it is associated with increased risk of overweight or even obesity, heart disease and even early death.
Being a small business owner, if you haven’t achieved the work-play balance, you may find yourself deskbound in your office most of the time, whether it’s through your lunch or staying past till late to finish off your deadlines. You must realise the devastation you are causing to your spine over time.
Any activity every 30 minutes, whether it is just standing up or doing some stretches or short physical activity can significantly strengthen your blood circulation and improve productivity.
HOW can you adopt Yoga in the workplace?
It’s easy! All you need is a mat. Although, it may occur as a peculiar idea, however, making a bit of space in the corner of your office for you and your employees, to pose some activity could remarkably enhance your productivity and the quality of work.
Typically, start with smaller sessions of breathing and stretching activities, then move to longer sessions about 20 minutes.
Make use of the internet resources you have at work. Put on a YouTube video session and simply follow. Once you get the flow, you will master it and will be able to do it by yourself without any video guidance. There are various videos from beginners to advanced level, DVDs, magazines and other online yoga classes. You can access all this without you even having to go outside.
If you choose to adopt yoga at your workplace, you will be glad you did it. Regular practice will enable you to notice vast improvements both physically and mentally. You can just do it whenever and wherever, at your own pace.
Written by Guest Blogger: Nisha Kamalanathan