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Interview: The ROI of Workplace Yoga

Bill Roth | Tuesday April 26th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Recently I published an interview with Lynn Roulo, a professional CPA who has worked in venture capital. I focused on her new company called Green Box Top that offers daily price specials on wellness and green products.

I was more than surprised when my conservation with this numbers oriented-entrepreneur turned to how yoga was improving her business performance.

This was the same type of feedback I had gotten from John Friend who has a international yoga practice. In my interview with John he outlined how he was helping businesses increase their bottom line performance by introducing yoga to their associates.

There are two common ways workplace yoga can yield returns to the company:

Producing Better Listening Skills.

This is repeated in every business discussion about yoga. Associates who practice yoga are better listeners. This results in improved ability to serve customers. It also results in improve collaboration with fellow associates.

Making Employees Mentally Healthier.

Associates practicing yoga have a calmer, stronger mental attitude. The business benefit is an associate that is more productive and more aware with a feeling of sustained energy will be more productive and attentive to detail.

Watch this interview with Lynn on the connection between yoga and business success to hear about one more surprising twist that places into context today’s volatile and transformative events that offers hope we may well achieve a sustainable world system:

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017 and author of The Secret Green Sauce that profiles best practices of actual companies growing green revenues. Watch other interviews of sustainable leaders at Earth 2017 TV. Earth 2017 TV.


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  • http://www.practical-spiritual-healing-guide.com Rev Della

    I agree that yoga is a great addition to today’s work environment. I facilitate training programs in organizations. No matter what type of program I am doing, they all have one common element — most participants are experiencing very high levels of stress.

    I began to include what I call Office Yoga in my stress management classes. I came up with 25 yoga poses (some modified) which employees can do during their work day. It is very interesting to note the reaction to this activity, both before and after, we are finished.

    Many times guys are very resistant to doing the poses. They think it is silly and something that ladies should do, not something for ‘macho’ guys like them. That’s when I tell them that yoga is being taught to our soldiers and that professional football players also practice yoga. That gets them to quiet down enough to do the poses without laughing.

    However, the reward for me is what happens after we finish the Office Yoga activity. Those same people who resisted doing the poses in the beginning, now are big fans. They even ask for a copy of the poses so they can remember how to do them.

    While I don’t think it is likely that many people will do traditional yoga poses at work, they can do simple poses which incorporate relaxing breathing techniques. This helps to foster better communication between employees, less reacting and more thinking, and an overall healthier work population.

    The ROI in introducing yoga at work pays infinite dividends.

  • http://www.sunstoneyoga.com/ yoga austin

    Thanks for sharing interesting information hosting here and i like it as well as Today,Yoga is most important part in our life because of now a days so many dangerous disease like heart attack etc.so i am also inspired for doing yoga otherwise join any yoga classes.

  • http://www.yogablend.com/ Felicia

    It’s so great to read this article. We’re a studio here in Burbank (Los Angeles) California and have seen a distinct trend of corporations, especially the large movie studios, include yoga as a benefit for their employees.