What I can offer your employees
Weekly yoga classes
Sitting all day wreaks havoc on your posture and the natural curves of the spine slowly start to reverse as you hunch over your computer desk.
A huge benefit of yoga is finding the natural curves of the spine. Yoga also stretches major muscles groups and increases joint mobility to prevent joint aches and stiffness. By increasing flexibility in your body, you also learn how to increase flexibility in other key areas of your life. Suddenly the things that you were feeling rigid about are not as important any more. Learning how to go with the flow helps to decrease stress and anxiety and helps you roll with the punches in an ever-changing work environment
Weekly meditation classes
Being present “in the moment” you’ll learn to control your mind so you can focus on the task at hand. A vitally useful skill to have in a workplace where multitasking is a way of life.
Breath and be still classes
When you are not breathing fully, and shortening your breath, it depletes your energy and can make you feel sluggish because your vital organs (think brain) are not getting the oxygen they need. Stress alone leads to changes in mood, poor performance, and anxiety.
Breathing practices reduce employee stress so they can be more productive, have more positive interactions with co-workers, and stay focused which is a great pay off for organisations.
Sleep Recovery Course
Sleep issues vary from being awake in the night, difficulties getting off to sleep, working night shifts, buzzing minds and overwhelming thoughts preventing sleep or leaving a feeling of having not slept, to strong feelings of anxiety and fear around sleep. When people do not sleep well it negativity impacts of employees productivity, performance, decision-making and inter-personal skills.
Sleep Recovery is a 5 step yoga-based method to help you experience better sleep, as well as manage your energy throughout your day.
The five-week course moves through individual steps teaching you a variety of tools to draw from to help you balance your sleep. Learn about your sleep patterns and how to change them using a variety of techniques from the Sleep Recovery system.
Workplace stress and the pandemic
Global studies have found the pandemic is impacting mental health around the world. Over 40% of people said their mental health has declined since the COVID-19 outbreak. In that same time period, the number of people who describe the state of their mental health as a 3 or less on a 10-point scale has doubled as workers report more anxiety and stress. Covid-19 has affected all our lives. One area of concern with regard to mental health is how this is affecting individuals' ability to be productive in the workplace and at home.
Things are changing fast, and many of us are worrying about what it all means for ourselves and for our loved ones.
Those who are already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too, with an overload of the NHS and spending freezes.
Good mental health is an asset and is also linked to good physical health – both of which support positive social and economic outcomes for individuals and society. One of the biggest findings is that not having the ability of 'unplugging' from work, unplugging from devices and screens, is leaving people with mental fatigue which then ricochet into physical fatigue. As well as reporting as having reduced concentration, feelings of being lonely and needing collaboration with others, as well as chronic back and neck pain as dining rooms or kitchen tables become a substitute workspace, as employees are working for hours over laptops without movement breaks. The BBC ran a report in May 2020 stating that since working at home has become the new normal and the pressure of the pandemic, Alcoholics Anonymous have had a 300% increase in enquiries.
How can yoga, meditation and mindfulness help?
Since the 1970s, yoga, meditation and mindfulness have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety.
There is lots of research to demonstrate that these activities improve general well-being, as well as creativity and productivity and have
been shown to affect how the brain works and even its structure. People undertaking these holistic practice have shown
increased activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotion, the pre-frontal cortex, which is generally less active in people who are depressed.