Yoga and Meditation as Stress Management at Work

Many people view their work as a stress-related condition.

Why? The average workweek has increased to 50 hours per week. This means that the average employee assumes more and more responsibilities and is dealing with unprecedented challenges. All of this can lead to an alarming amount of potential stress in our lives.

Stress impacts our work environment by:

  • Reducing productivity and morale
  • Increasing injury and turnover
  • Raising benefits expenses

Yoga and Meditation can help!
Employers want to keep staff motivated and energized, reduce turnover and increase productivity. Many Human Resources executives and health care professionals are finding that the benefits of yoga, a 5000 year-old practice, help prevent unnecessary expenses due to sick leave, injuries, low productivity and stress among employees.

Yoga is a mind/body practice that improves strength and flexibility, builds concentration, and reduces mental and physical stress and tension. In addition, yoga is known to eradicate fatigue and generate energy, all of which lead to increased productivity and morale.

East Bay Yoga designs convenient, on-site classes that give your employees the opportunity to rejuvenate and relax before or after work, or during their lunch hour. All you need to provide is a space in which to conduct classes (cafeteria, gymnasium, conference room, large office, etc.).

Regular ongoing classes run from 60 minutes at lunchtime to up to 90 minutes before or after work.

Workshops run from 60 minutes to full-day seminars:

  • Stress Management – mindfulness-based techniques enliven your experience of every moment
  • Chair Yoga – learn simple tools to bring to your desk - more revitalizing than a coffee break!
  • Developing a Home Practice – for consistent self-care
  • Gentle Yoga – for those with physical limitations
  • Beginner Series – a 4, 6 or 8-week course that offers a deeper focus on all of the practices, giving employees a complete introduction, with time for personal attention

Awaken the sleeping parts of yourself and your employees – at work and beyond. Add the benefits of yoga to your work/life balance.

Who uses or has used Yoga at work?
Many organizations have incorporated Yoga into their stress reduction and corporate wellness programs. Here are just a few names you may recognize:

General Mills
United Airlines

Eddie Bauer
Sony Music
US Dept. of Justice

Merrill Lynch