Corporate Yoga has increased in popularity as it is a relatively accessible form of exercise that can easily be accommodated in the workplace. During stressful times such as these, an initiative such as in-house yoga classes can be an effective, low cost method to help improve the wellbeing of your employees. If you are considering a corporate or in-house yoga session for your workplace, this article outlines what you will need to get started.
1. Find An Empty Space
The first thing that you will need to consider is where you will hold the sessions. Yoga does not require a huge amount of space per person but it needs to be comfortable for those participating. The space will need to be empty for the session and preferably carpeted for floor based exercises. If you can find a space that is also well ventilated that would be ideal. Most companies would typically use a meeting room or a vacant office area to host their sessions.
Once you have identified your space, then you will start to get a better understanding of how many employees can attend each session and appropriate times of day to hold the sessions so as to limit workplace disruption.
2. Assess Employee Interest
This is really simple. All you need to do is send an email or post an article on your intranet so that your employees can express an interest in the service. It is important to remember that not everyone wants to be working out with their colleagues so you need to ensure there is sufficient interest prior to committing to a Yoga provider.
This is also the point where you will need to decide the payment method for the sessions. This varies by workplace from fully subsidized through to user pays with many variations between the two.
3. Find A Yoga Provider
Search for a Yoga instructor that suits your requirements and is willing to come to your location. It is worthwhile shopping around to find a Yoga instructor that fits your price bracket and has an appropriate level of experience. You should also ensure that the Yoga instructor has the appropriate insurances or professional indemnities that your workplace requires for onsite instruction.
You may also want to consider which style of Yoga will best suit your workplace. Make sure that you cater to your audience when making this decision so that the Yoga classes are accessible but challenging for everyone that gets involved.
4. Organize Mats and Equipment
Lastly, you will need to ensure that you have access to the right equipment. Most Yoga instructors only require their clients to have a mat. These can sometimes be provided by the instructor but be certain to check if there are additional charges for this service.
Once you have organized all of these logistics, then you are ready to get started with your in-house or corporate Yoga sessions. All you need to do is let people know when and where to attend. Once you have completed your first series of sessions, it is also a great idea to get some employee feedback on both the sessions and the Yoga instructor so that you can identify improvement opportunities and ensure there is continued interest.
I hope this article has been useful and good luck with your corporate Yoga sessions!
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Reprinted from selfgrowth.com