How to organize yoga at work ?

Some practical recommendation for organizing yoga at working place

There are a few elements which are important to rip the maximum benefits when organizing yoga at work:  

i) Space  
Standing and sitting yoga poses can be practiced in any furniture – free space. A lobby or a coffee corner can be sufficient as long as it is a quiet location where there are no onlookers or passers-by. A meeting room is fine for a chair yoga or a meditation session. For the yoga on the mat consider the usual size of the yoga mat is 180 cm by 60cm. The comfortable distance between mats is 40 cm. The yoga teacher may need a space to demonstrate yoga poses.


ii) Equipment   
If the type of work yoga is desk yoga – no need for equipment. In all other cases, yoga mats are a must. Additionally, blankets, blocks, and cushions would be handy to make practicing yoga and meditation comfortable, especially for beginners.    

iii) Time   
The most frequently selected periods for the practice are the morning hours before the start of the working day, before/ during the lunch break or immediately after the end of the day. A short yoga breaks can be also effective in the mid-afternoon.    

iv) Internal communication  
The successful launch of yoga at work depends on timely and clear internal communication. The message (email) should emphasize the benefits of yoga practice and that yoga at the office is accessible to all, regardless of one’s degree of fitness, flexibility or yoga experience. The best practice would be to communicate frequently, by email and via a company intranet, before the start of the yoga (at least 2 times a week before the start) and a day before the launch of the yoga practice. An advance sign-up/reservation tool for the yoga classes combined with the option to add classes to the personal schedule is very helpful. It will support the commitment and formation of a new healthy habit by employees.


v) Type of yoga   
Many types of yoga can be practiced in the workplace. The list with video examples and explanations can be found here. The main factors are the ultimate goal (physical, mental relaxation, mindfulness, destressing), space available and the demographics of the employees.