In a corporate environment one of the things that makes a critical difference for employees is a relaxed congenial environment. The headquarters of Google is filled with beds, relaxation equipment, slides, canteens and staff libraries. Google is the most productive places in the world where every idea seems to be another winner.
The message is clear – we care more about the results not about how long or hard you work. Not surprisingly, the results come and the staff are happy to work long hours in a relaxing environment knowing that they will not be harshly judged by their co-workers for taking a relaxation break. In less ideal environments, the stress levels high because every move, every decision, everything the staff does could impact on the future of a company. Successful businesses have recognized that this stress can never be productive. Google is providing recreation facilities inside corporate buildings.
Yoga is one of the most effective forms of stress relief. Stress puts people on an edge and frequently leads to mistakes compared to more relaxed person. In the modern corporate world, stress is usually a counterproductive thing.
Yoga – forms of stress relief
Yoga can be utilised on a number of different places, situations and levels. Anulem and Vinolum is a perfect example of Yoga breathing. When overwhelmed with too many thoughts or too much information or problems at once, these exercises are helpful to calm the thought process and allow you to maintain focus. These exercises can be performed standing in an elevator, sitting in a chair or even while driving a car as they are merely a deep and focused way of breathing. A simple Steady breathing exercise can also treat the cramps and bad back posture.
The simplicity of being taught to breath properly may strike some corporates as strange. Nobody teaches us to breath, or sit or even stand. These are simple things that we spend our whole day doing, yet at no point in our lives are we actively taught them. Incorrect posture when sitting is a very serious problem if you are in front of a monitor all day, but simply learning the correct way to breath can align your body properly and solve many of the problems associated with this bad posture. The most natural of human movements, taking deep breathes while focusing on them can pull your body into shape.
Yoga class can be best fitted to the existing problems such as Obesity or joint pain. Yogic Kriyas can be a great help in treating blood pressure problems and ailments of the kidney. Poor agility is a result of poor balance and this issue is frequently confronted and quickly overcome with a range of balance-enhancing Yoga exercises. Some people who have reported daily occurrences of problems like anger, tension, hypertension, stress and headaches have achieved very good results simply from using Yoga to it’s full potential. The increased flexibility that Yoga provides is a godsend for people in sedentary job environments.
The mental advantages of Yoga are also quite clear. Yoga has an ability to redirect our thinking to a more positive frame. The most common form of Yoga used in corporate stress management is Hatha Yoga because it is a particularly potent form of physiological and psychological cleansing. In any environment stress is a normal occurrence, what differentiates a successful person from an unsuccessful one (and by extension a successful business from an unsuccessful one) is how we deal with that stress. Hatha Yoga, and Yoga in general provide executives with the tools they need to deal with stress on a daily basis.
Some businesses will go as far as getting a staff medical done and passing the results on to a Yoga instructor who will formulate a customized program for an individual based on their health needs. Different Yoga techniques deal with different problems and a qualified instructor will be able to find those best suited to an individual’s personal situation. Through recognizing Yoga’s ability to deal with the individual needs of employees and incorporating it into part of the daily work schedule businesses are creating a happier work environment and being rewarded by their employees by increased productivity and a greater loyalty and appreciation of their employer.