For companies, I have listed below some of the benefits of holding yoga classes in your workplace.
Time taken away from screens to focus on the breath and body allows to clear the mind, gain perspective, promote concentration, better retain information and enhance energy level. A great way to banish mental and physical sluggishness that tends to creep on us halfway through the day!
Through breath work, yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Over time, it also helps improve relational skills; developing and refining our ability to not run at the mouth and be able to keep a cool and constructive head in more conflictual or challenging relationships and situations. The practice of yoga in a group requires to listen carefully for instructions which in turn contributes to refining listening skills.
Having to take a break from work actually helps increase productivity and improve time management and organisational skills.
Yoga helps boost the immune system hence a good way to reduce absenteeism due to sickness.
Yoga is mostly an individual practice but the experience can be shared afterwards and if all participants are keen to take part in partner work, quite a few yoga poses can be approached in a more inclusive and often fun way.
Yoga practitioners generally feel healthier and happier which translates nicely in a working environment.
It can also bring about the satisfaction of feeling part of a community.
It is really easy to give yoga a try as the only thing required is a space, some mats - which participants will need to get for practical and hygienic reasons - and the motivation to get started!
We encourage to trial the sessions for a minimum of 5 weeks - on the basis of a weekly session - so that participants can get a chance to get a little glimpse of how a yoga practice can benefit them, an interesting challenge for me!
A block of 5 sessions costs £300 (£60 per session) and if you wish to continue, which I hope you will, you could renew for another 5 or 10 sessions with the latter option working out more profitable: £500 instead of £600.
In some cases, companies sponsor the class and offer it as a perk to their employees and in others, staff members are responsible for payment of the class.
If you would like to have classes held at your workplace and payment is at the charge of the attendees, we could apply a pay-as-you go system as I am aware paying a block upfront can be somewhat daunting. Please note that I would need a minimum of people attending the session (5 or 6 people paying £10 each). And if there is space and more of your work colleagues wish to attend, your individual fee just goes down: strength in numbers!
Please note that there is no commitment to continue the sessions beyond 5 weeks if you feel yoga is not what would benefit your employees/colleagues the most.
Classes include a short meditation and/or breath work, asanas (postures) which both strengthen and stretch the body, and a relaxation.