CORPORATE YOGA is being embraced by many progressive businesses and serves as a great benefit for both the employer and employee. The relationship between yoga and stress reduction has become well-established with proven, researched benefits to the cardio, respiratory and circulatory systems. Whether you’re looking for gentle and meditative to therapeutic or active, a good yoga teacher can design the class that fits perfectly into your company’s Colorado retreat or meeting.

Corporate retreats are the perfect place to take small steps to calm the mind, stretch the body and simply breathe. Students who have participated in my corporate yoga classes state that afterward they feel refreshed, invigorated and more prepared for the rest of the retreat because of the time they took to nurture themselves with yoga.

Some work-related benefits of corporate yoga include:
» Enhanced memory and focus
» Enhanced job satisfaction
» Improved performance
» Improved productivity
» Stronger immune system
» Improved posture
» Reduced back pain
» Reduced fatigue
» Immediate stress reduction
» Better clarity and focus
» Increased immunity health (fewer sick days).

If you are looking for innovative ways to support your staff and boost your company’s productivity, look for yoga studios or individual teachers who offer on-site yoga and corporate rates to businesses. You want certified instructors from reputable studios who have plenty of experience working with large groups. A wonderful resource is the website Yoga Alliance, which includes a listing of teachers who meet requirements for teaching experience and who have completed their trainings at a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

Once you find the right instructor who will structure a retreat that meets the unique needs of your business, the next question is: Do you have the facilities for yoga? Generally, you need a warm, open space and the teacher does the rest. Whether or not the teacher will provide mats and props is up to each individual. A separate fee may apply for props and for travel time. Class themes for retreats or meetings that include yoga could be Breathing for Altitude, Yoga for the Beginner, Chair Yoga (or desk yoga), Yoga for Back Health, Yoga for Computer Geeks (a lot of neck, back and eye strengthening exercises), Visualization Practice for Stress Reduction, Breath Awareness and Stress Management, or for those intimidated by the word yoga, a simple Stretch & Relax.

Yoga is about getting back in touch with how our bodies move in space. It’s about breathing deeply and without constraint. Yoga is about learning to take control over that ever noisy “monkey mind” that likes to jump from thought to thought all day long. In essence, yoga is about simplicity, about peeling off the layers of self-doubt, stress and bad habits. Imagine the possibilities of personal and professional growth for your employees with the simple addition of yoga!

LEIA MORRISON IS AN E-RYT (EXPERIENCED REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER). SHE OWNS SANCTUARY STUDIO IN GUNNISON, TEACHES WEEKLY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS AND IS AVAILABLE FOR CORPORATE RETREATS.

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