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- If you’re looking for ways to help your employees get fitter while simultaneously lowering stress levels, blood pressure, and tension, Strive’s onsite yoga classes may be just the solution you need. Yoga has exploded in popularity over the last decade, with more than 36 million Americans practicing yoga regularly. It’s become particularly popular with older Americans: Roughly 14 million yoga students are over the age of 50. It’s also become a 16 billion dollar industry – and not just because the pants are so comfortable! Americans are turning to yoga to improve strength, flexibility, overall fitness, and mental well-being.The practice of yoga can be traced back to the earliest days of civilization and evolved a spiritual discipline that focuses on uniting the mind and body in harmony. In fact, the word itself is derived from Sanskrit and literally translates as “to join” or “to unite.” While yoga is considered spiritual, it’s not religious, and there’s no belief system or set of rules involved. Anyone can practice yoga and reap the benefits.According to legend, yoga began when the first yogi – the “Adiyogi” – stood near a lake in the Himalayas and shared his knowledge with the seven sages – the Saptarishis. Those sages then carried the science of yoga to every corner of the globe. The practice took root most fully in India, where the sage who arrived worked to craft Indian culture around the principles of yoga. These principles include uniting individual and universal consciousness, creating harmony between yourself and nature, and achieving self-realization.Of course, nowadays many people pursue yoga as a form of exercise, with classes offered everywhere gyms and community centers to boutique yoga studios. While there are a range of different types of yoga, and each instructor focuses on different aspects of the practice, most yoga classes include three basic elements: poses, breathing, and meditation.Poses – also known as asanas or postures – are the physical movements of yoga. An instructor guides you to align your body in specific positions that increase strength and flexibility. Practicing poses is called Hatha yoga, which is the physical aspect of yoga that helps to prepare your body for increased energy.Breathing is also an important element of yoga. Pranayama – or deep breathing – slows your heart rate, reduces stress, and helps to create a feeling of calmness. During a yoga class, controlling your breath is a way to help control your body and your mind.Meditation is the portion of yoga that focuses internally, as opposed to the external processes of posing and breathing. Dhyana and Dharana – meditation and concentration – involve trying to distill your focus to one point, which is often accomplished by repeating a mantra. Through this meditation, you learn to be present in the moment and reap the benefits of mindfulness.As a form of exercise, yoga has many benefits for physical fitness. Not only does it increase strength and range of motion, but the physical poses improve balance and flexibility. Yoga also has been shown to reduce pain and depression in patients with chronic back pain, is associated with reduced blood pressure, can be used to help manage diabetes, and has even been used to help cancer patients improve sleep quality and overall well-being.Yoga also has many benefits when it comes to stress management – from reducing anxiety to boosting your sense of mental wellness. One study found that college students who participated in yoga had reduced levels of anxiety, tension, depression, anger, fatigue, and confusion. Another survey found that people who practice yoga often have a positive self-image and are more confident in their physical abilities.Strive’s Employee Stress Management programs include a wide range of onsite yoga classes designed to help your employees improve their physical health and handle stress and tension. Not only do these classes boost engagement and satisfaction levels, but they’ve also helped many organizations to reduce workers compensation and medical claims. Check out our onsite yoga options:Classic YogaDesigned for students of all levels, these classes focus on enhancing awareness, strength, flexibility, balance, and posture.Fun Flow YogaUsing proper alignment and breathing techniques, these classes flow from pose to pose and emphasize present awareness.Gentle/Restorative YogaGreat for beginners or students with injuries or arthritis, these classes use props to gently help relieve pain and stress and improve motion and mobility.Hatha YogaThese “feel good” classes incorporate longer postures with slower meditation to achieve optimal health and well being for students of all levels.Kundalini YogaUsing breath and movement to decompress the spine and relax the body, these classes develop flexibility and muscle tone while boosting the nervous and immune systems.Power Hour YogaDesigned for experienced students, these fast-paced classes focus on strength, endurance, and present awareness with an engaging sequence of postures and breathing techniques.Vinyasa Flow YogaUsing deep breathing and fluid transitions through carefully-planned poses, these classes improve balance, strengthen and lengthen muscles, and promote a sense of calm.You can incorporate any combination of these onsite yoga classes into your comprehensive Employee Stress Management program – or you can offer yoga classes alone or in conjunction with other fitness classes provided onsite. You can also choose between employer-sponsored onsite yoga and classes that are partially- or fully-funded through employee contribution.To assist you with creating a curriculum of onsite yoga classes to help your employees manage stress, Strive will assign a personal project coordinator to guide you through the process. This will be your designated point of contact for all aspects of your program from planning and marketing to staffing, enrollment, program assessment, and billing. Whether your program is offered in one location or you have facilities across the country, your coordinator will handle every detail, simplifying the process and the administration.Strive works only with prescreened certified yoga instructors, and we’ll arrange all the equipment needed to get your workplace yoga classes up and running. We’ll also provide you with marketing materials to get your employees excited about the classes, and we’ll enroll participants and distribute and manage electronic liability waiver forms. You’ll be covered by Strive’s comprehensive liability insurance coverage, which includes workers compensation and a provision of services to fully indemnify your organization of risk.Once classes are underway, we’ll generate regular reports to assess employee participation and engagement, so you can make real-time adjustments if needed. You can also add additional stress management or fitness classes to create a comprehensive employee wellness program, all conveniently managed and executed by your Strive project coordinator.
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