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Yoga and Workplace Health and Safety

When you think of ways to make your workplace safer you most likely think of policies and risk assessment sessions. But what if I told you yoga was a way to also make your workplace a little safer?

You may be wondering just how yoga can help in workplace safety. It works like this: One of the things that lead to illness and accidents at work is stress. Stress can hit people on a number of levels.

  • Feeling Sick – Enough stress can go beyond being a mental bother. It can start to manifest itself in physical illnesses, starting with fatigue, and then progressing to headaches, and other symptoms. Those who suffer too much stress can reach the point that they can’t go to work and have to stay home leaving the business understaffed.
  • Poor Performance – The second way stress can cause physical problems in the workplace is that it can cause workers to be so out of focus on their job that they make mistakes. Think about the last time you were suffering from stress. How well could you keep your focus on your job?  That lack of focus can mean mistakes that could lead to injuries or worse.

For these reasons many companies are deciding to put more options in place for their workers to reduce their stress. One of the most popular is setting up yoga lessons at work.

Yoga techniques serve a number of purposes for employees:

  • Stress Reduction – By teaching people how to focus on their breathing and techniques, the process of yoga can help them remove the anxiety and stress that was controlling their life before.
  • Flexibility – Those learning yoga are learning how to properly stretch and use their muscles and tendons. This creates an awareness of strain in different parts of the body, and hopefully helps to forewarn of any repetitive stress that may lead to injury.
  • Stimulation from Exercise – Yoga can help people be a little ‘more in shape’. As exercise releases endorphins into the system leading to a sense of well-being, Yoga can create a better feeling and attitude towards the work environment.
  • Morale – Believe it or not, one way to make things safer in the workplace is to boost morale. Higher morale means more employees happy with their job and doing their part to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Yoga can bring employees together and boost morale in your office.

When you’re ready to bring your office together with a morale boost, and help them help themselves to make a safer workspace, consider what offices around the world are doing and consider setting up a yoga program for your business.

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Safety Concepts is an online resource providing up to date insights and covering issues in the field of Workplace Safety.

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  1. Excellent news! In South Africa we have our first court case in terms of occupational ergonomics related illnesses/diseases. The results is still pending. However having a exercises programme that will assist in reducing ergonomic related incidents in the workplace will benefit all employees. Regards Christel – http://www.christelfouche.co.za

  2. Recess says:

    Believe it or not there are so many benefits to yoga at work. We’ve found it not only helps manage stress, but helps employers in competitive labor markets to recruit and retain their staff.

    Here’s a case study:
    http://recesswellness.com/group_case_eroi.php

    And here are some stats:
    http://recesswellness.com/wellness3-benefit-of-yoga-corporate-wellness.php

  3. Kayt says:

    Just a question regarding yoga at work. Are there any regulations/standards/case history regarding yoga at work?
    I have heard horror stories about companies having seated massages at work that have ended up in injuries to staff, some of which have been permanent and extremely serious.
    Is this covered under workers compensation or the yoga instructor’s insurance? If it is covered under the Instructor’s insurance, is there compensation available to the company for the cost stemming from the employee’s lost time or finding a replacement employee?
    Whilst I think encouraging employees to participate in such programs is a great idea, the liabilities involved need to be clearly defined.
    Would a risk assessment be sufficient to prove the employer had taken all steps to “ensure a safe workplace”?

    Thank you.

  4. Niyati says:

    Stress is a very common problem in every working environment so for reducing this stress yoga has become necessary. It keeps the people fit and fine away from all the health problems. And I have some good yoga tips at http://www.jiyohealthy.com/category/stress/

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