Yoga can also be held accountable for the following paybacks reported to occur in class
participants…even in once-a-week partakers:

Improved concentration, decision-making skills and ability to multi-task.
Improves employee alertness, energy and ability to react more calmly in demanding situations.
Relief of head, neck and back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure and work-related injuries from repetitive motion.
Improved posture.
Improved overall health, and reduced risk of disease.
Improved focus, concentration and memory.
Enhanced employee attitude and outlook.
Decreased fatigue and increased energy.
Reduced anxiety, depression and stress.
Stronger muscles and increased flexibility.
Improved self-confidence.
“Life at work is full of distractions. Yoga gives me an opportunity to focus, since it’s rare that everything is so serene.”

Nancy Wolfson, Yoga Journal
"You create a culture of wellness," says Promega's chief medical officer, Ashley G. Anderson Jr. "If you create a culture in which vibrant physicality is an admired thing, you've achieved a lot. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce."

Peter S Goodman, Huffington Post
The eight limbs of Yoga:

1st: The first limb, yama, deals with one’s ethical standards and sense of integrity or universal morality.

2nd:
Niyama, the second limb, has to do with self-discipline.

3rd:
Asanas, the postures practiced in yoga, comprise the third limb.

4th: Pranayama, the fourth limb, generally translates as breath control.  It consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the breath.  At the same time, the connection between the breath, the mind and emotions is recognized.

5th:
The fifth limb means withdrawal or sensory transcendence and is called pratyahara.

6th:
Each stage prepares us for the next, the practice of pratyahara creates the setting for dharana, concentration or intense focus.

7th:
Meditation or contemplation, the seventh limb of yoga, is the uninterrupted flow of concentration or dhyana.

8th :
The eighth and final stage of yoga is samadhi, a state of ecstasy or state of oneness.

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Yoga has been found to be directly accountable for the following
changes in the workplace:

Reduced employee turnover in the workplace.
Decline in stress-related sick occurrences thus decreased employee absenteeism.
Employees that are happy and full of energy, and as a result, more productive.
Businesses see higher job satisfaction amongst employees.
More respect for senior management is seen inside the business.
The company is more attractive to potential employees seeking employment.
Better customer service.
Higher overall employee morale.
Lower WCB Claims.
Reduced short and long-term disability payments.
Reduced employee benefit costs.
“Nike, HBO, Forbes, and Apple all offer on-site yoga classes for their employees. These and scores more Fortune 500 companies consider yoga important enough to offer classes as a regular employee benefit.”

-Nancy Wolfson, Yoga Journal
The word Yoga means “union”: between one’s mind,
body & spirit; between people, community, and the world.

Yoga is an eight-limbed system, the practice of which leads
towards a meaningful and purposeful life creating strength,
awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.

What YCO teachers introduce to the workplace is the physical
practice of postures (asanas), which includes applied breathing
practices, short meditative and relaxation periods at the start and
end of practice.
In the 1980’s yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world, these days it is one of the most common kinds of fitness class available in Canada.  Yoga in Eastern traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.

There are many, many forms of physical yoga: hatha, hot, yin-yang, prenatal, ashtanga, chair yoga and the list goes on. But in all cases, a physical yoga class (AKA: hatha yoga or asana class) generally includes the following four elements:

The practice of prescribed yoga postures. The poses, called "asanas" in yoga lingo, require balance and concentration. They help tone the body and stretch the muscles, some work on the fascia, all increase blood (oxygen) flow, and energy flow around the body.
They should all be practiced according to an individual’s physical abilities and limitations. This translates into the yoga class becoming a time and place where competition is quietly asked to leave the room. There is no place for comparison nor disapproval inside a yoga class:  neither within the person nor with others in the class.

Breathing exercises. Yoga without proper breathing is just stretching. Your yoga Instructor will guide you through a multitude of breathing techniques to increase your energy and focus or help calm the mind and relax the body.

Relaxation. Doing yoga postures gradually eliminates the negative effects of stress and helps release tension. Almost every kind of yoga class ends with a guided relaxation session.

Meditation. Practicing meditation, either sitting still or while doing postures, will help you develop the ability to concentrate and find peace of mind in any situation.
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