By Faye Martins
Upon graduating from a Yoga certification course, some instructors teach part-time, while others go into teaching full-time. Among the many possible opportunities available is teaching Yoga within the corporate sector.
In these times of political and financial upheaval, it probably comes as no surprise that three out of every four employees say their jobs are stressful. In the United States, as much as $200 billion are spent every year to compensate for expenses related to stress in the workplace, and the problem exists throughout the world. As a result, more companies than ever are offering wellness benefits. Yoga is one of the most effective and popular alternatives.
Most Yoga teachers already gear their classes to a wide range of audiences and locations, but teaching people in their places of employment presents challenges and rewards of its own. Because the size of businesses range from small companies where employees chip in to pay Yoga instructors to big corporations with elaborate set-ups and budgets, working conditions and salaries for teachers cover a broad gamut.
Seven Benefits of Yoga in the Workplace
• Convenience and cost-effectiveness
• Reduction in absenteeism caused by stress-related illnesses
• Better health
• Greater productivity
• Less fatigue
• Increase in mental alertness
• Happier employees
Depending on the kinds of work they do, employees face injuries from repetitive movements, hunched postures and tight muscles. The pressure of accomplishing job-related goals while working successfully with others not only creates emotional strain but leads to physical illness, as well. Yogic practices address all of these issues and has the capacity to improve employees’ quality of life in a relatively short time. Over time, it may also prevent diseases and create more cooperative work forces.
Most people associate Yogic methodology with physical postures, but deep breathing and meditation automatically reduce stress themselves. As people become more aware of these connections, they become more conscious of their own bodies and more responsive to the environment around them.
Students in corporate Yoga classes often represent a diverse mixture of backgrounds and interests. Teachers need to be able to adapt their teaching methods to benefit beginners while still challenging more advanced students. They must also be flexible enough to work in less than favorable settings at times. Considering the difference that Yogic exercise can make in the workplace, though, teachers are likely to find the experience rewarding.
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