Benefits of a Daily Yoga Practice to Reduce Workplace Stress
By: Linda Doan
Here is a secret I am going to share with you. We’re never too busy to be active.
We are meant to walk, to run and to play. We encourage our children to be active because physical activity is important for young children to grow up healthy and strong. The same rules apply to adults so why do we give ourselves a pass?
We work our 9 to 5 (and sometimes more) occupation, carefully portion out the rest of our precious time for our family and loved ones and commit what we can do to contribute to our community, develop our passion hobbies, or side hustles. The excuses we tell ourselves, I’m too tired to think about going to the studio, I have too much going on right now, I’ll go the next night, these excuses lead us to live a sedentary life where the only physical exercise we do is the commute to and from work.
We don’t realize the excuses holding us back are the very reasons we need to go do something. Everyone needs an outlet. To have energy, you need to give it.
The majority of us will spend more than one-third of our lives at work,and the greatest threat to employee health is stress in the workplace. Chronic stress has serious health implications for us that can manifest in us emotionally and physically. Yoga can help to reduce the symptoms of work-related stress. Here are a few benefits on how incorporating yoga practice as part your day-to-day routine can reduce workplace stress.
Mental and physical well-being
Anxiety, headaches, depression, digestive and sleep problems, as well as weight gain and heart disease, are health concerns related to chronic stress that yoga can reduce the harm on our bodies. The most important person in the world is you. When you are in the studio, it is the most important time that you can give to yourself. Just learning how to breathe and open up is such a powerful act that it’s not uncommon for see students to cry for the first time they do this.
Creativity may not be the first benefit that comes to mind when it comes to how yoga can reduce stress in the workplace, but a calm mind can give us a new perspective on work situations that may have stumped us in the past. Practicing yoga can stimulate us to tap into new and creative ideas that we may not have had before.
Endorphins make you happy, as one wise woman said...
And let’s not forget the fact that you’re moving! Yoga, as a form of exercise, will increase your health and well-being. As a total mind-body workout, yoga in all its styles is an efficient way to burn calories if you want to lose weight. Regular yoga practice require physical and mental stamina as much as any weightlifting session at the gym. A towel mat and perhaps a couple of steamers may seem deceptively simple tools for reaching weight goals but many of us practice the same 26 postures for years and are now only beginning to perfect a posture. In vinyasa yoga, the constant flow of movements is a great cardio workout. If your body feels better, so does your mind, helping to reduce workplace stress.
About Linda Doan
Linda Doan is the owner of Orijin Yoga. Linda is a fitness buff who through her journey in the health and fitness world discovered her love of movement and lifting weights. One day, after going to a hot yoga class upon a friend’s suggestion, she discovered her joy of the thousands-old practice in how it elevated her practice in bodybuilding, and she has not looked back since. Fast-forward today where you can find Linda cleaning sweaty mats in the back of her local neighbourhood hot yoga studio in East Vancouver, shooting the shit with members, or competing in lifting or Jiu Jitsu competitions in town. Follow her on Instagram @nammersquats