Why Yoga Can Help You Thrive At Work

As well as simply keeping you fit, yoga is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing in a number of ways.

Here are a few of the ways that regular yoga can help you thrive at work.

Posture

The art of yoga is one of the most ancient forms of exercise.

It is formed from a series of stretches, breathing exercises and holding positions.

Years ago we all had much better posture, we had less time to relax and access to heavily cushioned sofas and chairs was not as prevalent as it is today.

We were conditioned not to slouch and to sit up straight.

Yoga brings a natural approach to improving posture and this can benefit those of us who spend a lot of time sitting at our desks, staring at a computer.

Back problems at work can be a big cause of absenteeism so being mindful of using yoga knowledge to keep good posture can benefit you in your working day.

Ability to cope with stress

We live in stressful times, and every day at work can’t always go brilliantly – there will inevitably be a bad day that sends blood pressure or stress levels soaring.

Yoga teaches you to use your breathing to manage the natural fight or flight reaction.

If you adopt this approach, you’ll likely manage workplace stress a lot better.

This will also have a positive impact on those around you, especially if you are managing a team or are responsible for dealing with customers.

Good health means less time off sick

Yoga has so many benefits, one of which is improved health.

Nobody wants to be the office sick note and unnecessary time off work due to avoidable illness can mean you get behind in your work or career.

It could make you look like less of a team player too, so yoga is a great way to keep yourself healthy along with a balanced diet and lots of sleep.

Incidentally, better sleep is also a pro to taking up yoga – the breathing exercises can help you to get to sleep quicker and sleep more soundly.

Productivity and concentration

A typical benefit of yoga is that it trains your mind and body to concentrate.

Concentration on your work can be hard when your mind might wander to what’s for dinner or the storyline of your favourite soap opera.

An occasional daydreaming is no bad thing, but when you need to you can call on your yoga skills to focus and bring your attention back to the project or task at hand.

At work you need to be concentrating fully and this benefit of yoga can only increase productivity day to day.

Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international tax adviser who specialises in dealing with ultra high net worth individuals.

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