Most of us are familiar with the benefits of having a wellness center at the workplace. While some of these centers offer treadmills, free weights and a scattering of fitness mats for stretching or core work, others provide classes for yoga and meditation.
It is almost impossible to ignore the headlines that boast how a regular yoga practice promotes health. From improved digestion to a peaceful state of mind, the benefits of yoga seem endless.
One of the lesser known perks of yoga is that it yields a higher level of productivity at work. While you might gain a fit body and a calm mind as a result of your efforts on the mat – whether at your workplace wellness center or your local yoga studio – your boss benefits from a more engaged and active worker. It is a win-win situation that might just lead to a raise, a promotion, or an opportunity to switch careers and find your dream job.
The following are three ways yoga might help increase your productivity and boost your mood at work.
Yoga builds self-confidence
Yoga improves self-esteem. When you are feeling good about yourself, it will show in your work. The fear of being outdone by a co-worker will no longer consume you, therefore you will have more energy to take pride in your work and do the best that you can.
Yoga helps you see the big picture
Regardless of your spiritual or religious affiliation, when you practice yoga you get a sense that there is a lot more to your life than just your day-to-day routine. Unique insights will bubble to the surface and your work will be fueled by more creativity and inspiration, which will give you an incentive that is much more motivating than dreadful deadlines and ultimatums.
Yoga helps to reveal your true passion
Bored at work? Maybe you are in the wrong career. If you feel stuck and uninspired with your current job, try practicing yoga and see what kind of new ideas pop into your head. Perhaps you have always wanted to work with animals but you weren’t sure which direction to go. You will be surprised at how clearly you can come to the realization that it is possible to follow your passion. When you are true to your life’s calling, nothing will get in the way of you enjoying your workplace pursuits.
September 11th, 2012