Medical Yoga is an established form of yoga and meditation adopted by many forward thinking Scandinavian businesses to help address their employees’ health and well-being and make for a more productive workplace.
There’s lots of research to support that medical yoga is extremely beneficial for various health related problems such as heart troubles, high blood pressure, vascular spasms and much more commonly, stress and anxiety.
Shima Ghamari, who is a trained Public Health professional with a background in medicine, has brought medical yoga to the UK for the very first time. Her expertise in this unique form of yoga and mindfulness provides a new approach to health and wellbeing in the workplace.
By providing medical yoga as an option for your employees, you can reduce the number of sick days, speed up rehabilitation and show your staff that you care.
How is Medical Yoga different to other yoga practices?
This form of yoga, MediYoga, is based on light and slow body movements combined with breathing exercises and meditation with a focus on the breath. There are no fast paced chaturanagas or downward facing dogs involved and the exercises can be completed without any yoga equipment and in the comfort of your office chair. This style of movement and meditation means it’s accessible for everyone in your business.
MediYoga has been proven to provide significant benefits for the following:
Reduced stress levels and anxiety
It is reported that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, with poor mental health proven to have a direct impact on employee performance and productivity. It’s therefore vital that employers take the lead in mental health by providing support for those that suffer with stress related disorders such as burnout, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
If you’re suffering from aches, pains or even more serious physical problems, this will affect your productivity. No matter what kind of job you have, if you are constantly thinking about and dealing with ailments and pain, the last thing your mind will be on is work. Yoga and mindfulness can help relieve physical pain and problems through holistic healing and with MediYoga, employees can be prescribed with a pain relief programme that will suit their needs.
With hundreds of hospital and healthcare centres across Sweden offering medical yoga to heart and cancer patients as part of a rehabilitation programme, MediYoga is now being introduced to the UK’s healthcare system through the NHS Trust. MediYoga can help people who have suffered with a serious illness get back into work, often providing them with a faster recovery time and reduced suffering.