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6 Ways Yoga Can Help Improve Your Productivity at Work

Your business and employees (even just you) can benefit by incorporating yoga into your daily work routine and wellness plan, whether you are self-employed, a small business owner, or a large corporation.
It is a great time to create one if you do not already have one. According to reports, companies spend approximately about $14,000 per employee annually on medically related productivity costs. However, companies that offer yoga and other preventive initiatives can greatly reduce their health insurance premiums and increase their bottom line.
Companies now recognize the value of yoga, and more and more are offering classes as part of their corporate wellness programs. Yoga, however, can benefit all people, regardless of their age, health or level of flexibility, just as it can benefit all companies.

How yoga can helps productivity
Yoga can boost your employees' productivity as well as your own at work.
As a result, it increases energy and reduces fatigue.
When you work nonstop, you can become stressed. Just standing up every 30 minutes or engaging in some stretching or physical activity increases blood circulation. By incorporating simple yoga moves during these times, you can avoid fatigue.
In addition to alleviating physical pain, it also improves cognitive function.
Physical problems affect your productivity, so if you're in pain or suffering from more serious health issues, you'll be less productive. Whether you have a high-level job or a low-level one, if you worry about and deal with illnesses constantly, work will be the last thing on your mind.
Yoga can provide relief from the most severe pain and physical problems, such as those associated with traumatic brain injuries. Imagine the benefits it could offer in other contexts, such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck strains, shoulder stiffness, arthritis, etc.

It relieves stress.
Physical pain and illness are only two of the factors contributing to employee health and productivity. Mental and emotional stress is another important factor.
People may not seek help for stress itself; however, stress can exacerbate physical ailments (including colds, allergies, and headaches) and conditions (including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease).
Stress accounts for billions of dollars in lost revenue as a result of reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover of employees, accidents, and medical bills. It becomes increasingly important for businesses to avoid these problems.
It improves concentration and focus.
The stress of deadlines, endless meetings, as well as the general cacophony of work creates mental clutter that prevents you from concentrating on your work and making good decisions. Meditating and breathing during yoga sessions help to silence the noise and clear the clutter, allowing you to become more focused, mindful, and alert.
It helps with creativity.
Yoga improves concentration and focus as well as opening the mind so the creative juices can flow. If your brain is bound by a box, it can't think outside of it.
A high level of morale depends on feeling well physically, emotionally, and mentally. When you're energised and focused, your positivity will be strong. The more you unleash your creativity, the more confident you will become. These factors all contribute to making you a better employee, both in your job responsibilities and in your interactions with clients and fellow employees.
Employees who are relaxed, focused, and healthy are more productive and cost-effective. Even 10 minutes a day of simple yoga stretches or breathing exercises at a desk, in a conference room or even outside if possible can make a big difference. It is a low-cost and effective way to achieve happy and productive employees to offer yoga classes on-site or off-site.

How companies can bring yoga to a virtual workforce 

1. Start a 'mindful movement' daily routine.
You can reap benefits from doing yoga daily at work, even if you do it virtually. It is truly said by the yoga experts, that stretches at the beginning of the day loosen tight muscles and increase blood flow, which is an example of a mindful movement.
A few hours later is another time to take a moment to be mindful. As a result, this may reduce the pain caused by hours of typing or other weight-bearing activities. "It might also help to stand up or walk around for five minutes in the middle of the day, followed by stretching and taking 10 deep breaths."
Yoga at work does not have to be mandatory, but all employees should be encouraged to attend at least one class. As a perk of a virtual team, employees can do yoga virtually together or on their own.
2. Include yoga in an employee wellness program.
Employer wellness programs are meant to benefit employees, but they also benefit employers and companies as a whole. Employees who are relaxed are often more effective and do their jobs better. 
Yoga classes once a week outside of work hours would allow employees who are unable to attend to practice mindfulness and reduce stress.
If you have a large staff, it may also be possible to schedule yoga sessions during work hours so your employees can benefit from yoga's physical and mental benefits without interrupting their jobs." 
Yoga classes can also now be taken virtually, which is convenient for companies with remote employees all over.
3. Set an example from the top.
Leading a yoga program should be the first step in a workplace yoga program. A virtual workforce that includes yoga in their daily routine is undergoing a cultural shift.
Leadership has to set the expectation that employees do self-care and block out time where they practice with one another
As long as leadership practises these behaviours and encourages them, employees are less likely to feel guilty about taking time out of their day for yoga or meditation.