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Yoga has become increasingly popular in Western culture over the past decades, with an estimated 36.7 million people practicing it in the United States alone. Yoga originated in ancient India as a spiritual practice that aimed to achieve a state of higher consciousness. In the early 20th century, yoga was introduced to the West by Indian yogis, and over the decades, it gained popularity as a form of exercise and relaxation. Despite its mainstream popularity, yoga is not just a physical exercise but a holistic practice that encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Yoga’s ancient roots are deeply connected to the values of self-awareness, self-discovery, and mindfulness. Therefore, maintaining a connection to yoga’s roots is helpful to reap its full benefits, even as the different styles and variations of yoga can cater to diverse needs.
It therefore does not surprise that this holistic practice creates numerous benefits, including reduced stress, improved physical fitness, and increased focus and productivity. Studies have shown that yoga can reduce stress levels by up to 56%, improve flexibility by up to 35%, and decrease absenteeism by up to 30%. Yoga is a perfect exercise for working professionals as it can be done in a small space, requires no special equipment, and can be practiced in a short amount of time. Yoga at work can also prevent burnout and other work-related diseases, making it an essential tool for promoting employee wellbeing.
Implementing yoga programs at the workplace can have significant benefits for employees, including reduced stress, improved physical fitness, and increased focus and productivity. With the help of platforms like atlasGO, it’s easy to make yoga available to your workforce and create engaging challenges that build community and that may even support a good cause (imagine every hour of yoga planting a tree!).
The idea for an International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in 2014, and it was later adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The purpose of World Yoga Day is to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and raise awareness about the benefits of yoga. So every year on June 21, people from around the world come together to practice yoga and raise awareness about its benefits. Wouldn’t celebrating World Yoga Day at your workplace be a great idea to start implementing a cool yoga challenge or even wellbeing program? We at atlasGO are happy to help you with that as we think it is a great opportunity to bring your employees together and celebrate wellbeing while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Fun fact: atlasGO Co-Founder Magali became a yoga teacher while working at atlasGO!
Of course, when planning a yoga program for your workplace, it’s important to consider your employees’ needs and interests. As an example, you can start by surveying your employees to find out what types of yoga they are interested in. You can also consider bringing in a yoga instructor to lead an on-site class to get everyone going. We are happy to help you with these tasks as well. In any case, to make the biggest impact possible and to make sure everyone can join your new program, using an app like atlasGO, will bring the biggest benefits. It not only provides in-app yoga lessons and challenges that can be done at any time and any place, it will also help you to track the progress of your initiative over time.
Implementing a yoga program or an overall wellbeing program with atlasGO can have significant benefits for your workplace, including reduced stress levels, increased productivity, and improved employee engagement. By providing your employees with the tools they need to stay healthy and focused, you can create a happier and healthier workplace culture that benefits everyone. Are you interested in a demo? Schedule one here! You can also reach out to us with any questions or input, we are looking forward to hearing from you.
Written by Olivier Kaeser
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