Wellness in the Business World

Across the American corporate landscape, meditation, yoga and other practices once confined to the bohemian fringes are emerging as new techniques toward the growing of profit. Increasing amounts of companies have come to embrace so-called mindfulness activities. Concentrated meditation aimed at sharpening focus and reducing stress in a bid to improve the well-being of their workforces and, by extension, the bottom line.

The trend has been at focusing on daily overall health and less on more vacation days and time off. As great as time off to relax is great, daily practice in relaxation and health has more long term effects on your overall wellbeing.

Healthy meals, gym memberships, yoga and/or meditation classes, and relaxation training have been shown to improve businesses as a whole and improve the culture of the working class.

“You create a culture of wellness,” says Promega’s chief medical officer, Ashley G. Anderson Jr. “If you create a culture in which vibrant physicality is an admired thing, you’ve achieved a lot. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce.” (Huffington Post article)

No one really knows how many companies have adopted meditation and yoga practices, but the number is on the rise. Approximately one-fourth of all major American employers now deliver some version of stress reduction, according to journalist David Gelles, whose upcoming book, Mindful Work, explores the spread of meditation and yoga inside the business world, a trend now reaching beyond Silicon Valley.

In your next business meeting instead of focusing on the numbers try a discussion on how to improve the overall wellbeing of employees. A good foundation and base leads lends to the skys the limit with numbers and productivity!

Namaste!