Many studies have shown the damaging effect that sitting for 8+ hours a day has. Being tied to our desks is a productivity killer and has the same damaging health effect as smoking a pack of cigarettes! Yet it can still be difficult to break the habit of grabbing lunch at our computers. With an oftentimes overwhelming workload, working over lunch can seem like the most productive thing to do.
Scientific studies show however that taking regular breaks during our working day and getting out from behind our desks actually makes us more productive. A proper break over lunchtime where we get out of the office and undertake some physical exercise is a great way to boost our mental and physical wellbeing.
Here are six proven ways that a lunchtime yoga class could ensure you stay fit and healthy and have you smashing through your afternoon to-do list in no time!
Yoga relieves stress
By placing a great deal of attention on how you breathe, a yoga class reduces anxiety and stress in your body while increasing your serotonin levels which make you feel happy! It’s a great way to move on from challenging aspects of your day and start the afternoon with a positive outlook.
Yoga improves concentration and focus
An inability to focus is one of the major causes for low productivity at work. The good news is that as well as offering benefits on a physical level, yoga works on a mental level too. Doing yoga can boost your brainpower even more than conventional aerobic exercise. A single session of yoga significantly improves working memory and concentration!
Yoga increases energy and reduces fatigue
Do you find yourself needing an afternoon sugary pick-me-up as your energy levels ebb? Incorporating a yoga session as part of the workday routine is a great way to avoid fatigue as well as counteracting the physical downsides of desk-based working.
Yoga increases creativity
Practicing yoga helps your mind relax naturally into creativity. By focusing on breath and movement you clear your mind of unwanted chatter making way for new ideas and the motivation to create great things. After your lunchtime yoga practice the day ahead is like a fresh canvas to paint on!
yoga boosts morale and performance
If you feel well physically, mentally and emotionally, your morale will be high. Commanding presence and respect in the workplace is vital. If you’re feeling good about yourself, other people will feel good about you too. If you are focused and energetic, your positivity will be strong. If your creativity is unleashed, your self-confidence will soar. And all of this will make you a better employee – in your job responsibilities, your dealings with clients and your interactions with fellow employees.
How to get started
We run 45 minute lunchtime sessions on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. By purchasing a Lunchtime 5 Class Pass you can take class with us for just £7. We have extensive changing facilities, showers, lockers and towel hire. We also provide yoga mats. All you need to do is show up and do yoga! Why not book your lunchtime yoga class now?