If you are a supervisor and your employees are increasingly tired, tense, unproductive or stressed out, what can you do? Besides making sure that your team has ample healthcare and plenty of vacation time, it may be helpful to consider teaching workers how to use ki energy and yoga to decompress.
In Chicago, yoga-based employee exercise systems are becoming quite the rage, and they are not limited to a few downtown cubicle farms either. The Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center has reached out to a number of companies in the windy city, not the least of which is the Chicago Bulls basketball team, the Yoga Journal reported.
The clinic has treated more than 10,000 clients for tension and has taught them to reduce stress by developing a personal development plan and then implementing it using yoga and meditation.
Doing yoga at work, or as part of an employee exercise program, can help workers reconnect their bodies and minds, something that may be a big help during tough times at the office.
"A freer body gives you a more open mind. How you feel physically is going to affect how you function mentally," Theresa McCullough, an HBO employee, told the source. The popular cable television channel has offered its employees the chance to take yoga classes at work for several years now, the journal noted.
Even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel freely admits that he needs yoga. He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the mind-body system is a key facet of his workout regimen.
"I swim on Monday, Wednesday and Friday a mile, and then I run two miles home. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I bike on the stationary for 25 minutes at a high level and then do 15 minutes elliptical, and then I do a weight routine. On Saturday, I bike 25 miles outside and then I do…a private yoga class," he told the news source.