Workplace and Office Yoga
  • Helena Morley

Workplace and Office Yoga

Updated: 2 days ago

Did you know that 74% of employees managed their workload better after a lunchtime fitness class?

(source Did you also know that stress and anxiety are at an all time high following Covid-19 lockdown? (The Guardian) And that this stress and anxiety will have an impact on your staff and ultimately your business?

With over 14 years working in a stressful corporate environment, slouched at a desk in an air conditioned office, I know the positive impact yoga can have if you have a stressful job. And in my work as a wellbeing consultant, I have seen employees and employers benefiting from workplace yoga. Yoga practice helps to manage mental health, helping relieve any anxiety or depression symptoms. If you want a happy workforce, healthy staff and productive days then read on!

Easy to implement, a lunchtime or after work yoga class for your workers costs less than wasting budget on implementing strategies that don’t work. Yoga is proven to reduce stress, and a quick google search will confirm that! In fact the Harvard Medical School says ‘by reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yoga practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body's ability to respond to stress more flexibly.’

According to the Guardian 'Nuffield Health reported that around 80% of British people working from home now feel lockdown has had a negative impact on their mental health, while a quarter of those (25%) said they were finding it difficult to cope with the emotional challenges of isolation'.

This negative impact will have repercussions on your workforce. However, if your workers can respond to stress better, they become more resilient. This helps them to deal with pressure, work more productively and achieve a healthier life balance enabling them to be increasingly available to work. Yoga can combat sitting at a desk all day, and reduce associated back and hip pain.

No props are necessary, and chair yoga could also be considered, all you need is a suitable space like a meeting room or board room, and with the acceptance of increased virtual working due to Covid-19, workplace yoga can be implemented virtually by Zoom or MS Teams. By implementing workplace yoga you are showing your staff you care about their wellbeing, encouraging an increase in loyalty and retention.

The main benefits of offering yoga to your staff are:

Decreased stress levels and able to deal with stress better.

Releasing physical tension from sitting down at a desk.

Improved posture and a reduction in aches and pains.

Increased efficiency and productivity.

Increase in energy.

If you are thinking to yourself 'of course I want these things for my staff!' then you need some workplace yoga and with my long corporate back ground, mental health recovery as well as yogic knowledge I can design classes that target desk workers, creatives, stress, back pain and more. Either at lunchtime to boost afternoon productivity or after work to wind down, then yoga can be a great benefit to your staff. I offer these face to face on site, or virtually, both with limited and exclusive availability.

Yoga can also form part of a wider workplace or corporate wellbeing strategy. With experience of defining and delivering corporate wellbeing strategies, I can transform your employee benefits through the power of wellness. These can support not only your employee engagement workstreams but also HR and attendance, mental health support and motivation/productivity days.

To find out more about workplace yoga or corporate wellbeing email me at

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