Employers are finding that on-site yoga enhances the individual’s well being which contributes to the organization’s success. There are a number of benefits to be gained from a workplace yoga practice:
- enhanced alertness
- increased focus
- improved communication skills
- decrease in stress
- physical balance
- relief from desk-related tensions
- empowerment to heal
- flexibility and coordination
Individuals at any level of physical health can effectively practice a yoga program while dressed in normal business attire sitting in chairs. On the mat lunchtime/after work yoga for a more invigorating yoga practice. The programs are offered in the quiet of a conference or classroom setting. The techniques can also be practiced while the employee is engaged in normal work activities.
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Yoga in America
The 2008 study indicates that 6.9% of U.S. adults, or 15.8 million people, practice yoga. Of current non-practitioners, nearly 8%, or 18.3 million Americans, say they are very or extremely interested in yoga, triple the number from the 2004 study. And 4.1% of non-practitioners, or about 9.4 million people, say they will definitely try yoga within the next year.
The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors. Of the yoga practitioners surveyed:
- 72.2% are women; 27.8% are men.
- 40.6% are 18 to 34 years old; 41% are 35 to 54; and 18.4% are over 55.
- 28.4% have practiced yoga for one year or less; 21.4% have practiced for one to two years; 25.6% have practiced two to five years; and 24.6% have practiced more than five years.
- 71.4% are college educated; 27% have postgraduate degrees.
- 44% of yogis have household incomes of $75,000 or more; 24% have more than $100,000.
The 2008 study also indicated that almost half (49.4%) of current practitioners started practicing yoga to improve their overall health. In the 2003 study, that number was 5.6%. And they are continuing to practice for the same reason. According to the 2008 study, 52% are motivated to practice yoga to improve their overall health. In 2003, that number was 5.2%.
“Yoga is no longer simply a singular pursuit but a lifestyle choice and an established part of our health and cultural landscape,” says Bill Harper, publisher of Yoga Journal. “People come to yoga and stick with it because they want to live healthier lives.”
One significant trend to emerge from the study is the use of yoga as medical therapy. According to the study, 6.1%, or nearly 14 million Americans, say that a doctor or therapist has recommended yoga to them. In addition, nearly half (45%) of all adults agree that yoga would be a beneficial if they were undergoing treatment for a medical condition.
“Yoga as medicine represents the next great yoga wave,” says Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor in chief of Yoga Journal. “In the next few years, we will be seeing a lot more yoga in health care settings and more yoga recommended by the medical community as new research shows that yoga is a valuable therapeutic tool for many health conditions.”