Yoga for Home Workers

Yoga for Home Workers is a cost effective, evidence based intervention to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of your staff from their own homes.

Yoga has been evidenced to provide the following;

  • Develop a toolkit of techniques to help deal with stress
  • Reduce Stress in your workforce
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased motivation
  • Improves pain / posture issues related to desk work
  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduce staff absence days for stress related conditions
  • Reduce staff absence days for bad back / posture related condition
  • Increased staff engagement
  • Improve Staff morale & team spirit
  • Yoga as an holistic practice can lead to healthier lifestyle choices
  • Reduce staff burnout
  • Can help improve sleep
  • Can ease joint pain from arthritis


Big business embraces Yoga as a Wellness Intervention

Yoga for home workers
Paul from Yogasmiths delivering work place yoga for the Insolvency Service in their office

Many of the largest firms in the world have embraced yoga as part of their staff wellness programmes. It has been reported that Apple, Google, HBO, Nike, MTV and Forbes all have yoga for their staff.

Invest in your staff’s wellbeing with our Yoga for Home Workers weekly online yoga class. It is a cost effective addition to your corporate wellbeing programme.


Office for National Statistics – sickness absence 2018

The Office for National Statistics most recent data for Sickness absence in the UK Labour Market 2018 details that 141.4 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury. This is an average of 4.4 days per worker.

The groups with the highest rates of sickness absence in 2018 were women, older workers, those with long-term health conditions, people working part-time, and those working in organisations with 500 or more employees.

The four most common reasons for sickness absence in 2018 were minor illnesses (including coughs and colds), musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems), “other” conditions (including accidents, poisonings and diabetes and anything else not covered), and mental health conditions (including stress, depression and anxiety).

Source: Office For National Statistics https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/labourproductivity/articles/sicknessabsenceinthelabourmarket/2018


Yogasmiths – Yoga for Home Workers

Do you want your employees to be motivated, healthier and less stressed? Want your home workers to feel that they are valued and invested in? Do you want your home workers to feel connected whilst at home? Then our Yoga for Home Workers online class is what you are looking for!

Yoga is suitable for all, it is completely accessible. At Yogasmiths we teach the British Wheel of Yoga staged approach. This involves leading students through accessible yoga postures giving options to take things a little further where appropriate.

We have worked with a number of corporate clients and are experienced in delivering yoga to address the needs and demands of a corporate environment. ***LINK TO CORPORATE YOGA PAGE AND REVIEWS****

We have undertaken extensive training and have recently particularly focused on training looking at the things that generally go wrong with the body. This has equipped us with insight and allowed us to tailor our yoga to ensure that we included postures to help keep the body in optimal condition. As a former civil servant working in Learning and Development and Human Resources, Paul has personal insight into the mental and physical challenges of home working and desk working. As a result our Yoga for Home Workers sessions are designed to ensure to help both the physical and mental wellbeing of home workers.

You can find details of our extensive training here: About


The evidence base for Yoga for Home Workers


Negativity and Counter Productive Work Behaviours

Yoga for home workers

Yoga has been shown to improve workplace behaviour in staff. Reducing negativity and reducing counter productive work behaviours. This was shown in two studies from 2015 titled “Model of yoga intervention in industrial organisational psychology for counterproductive work behaviour” (Dwivedi, Kumari and Nagendraand) and “Well-being at workplace through mindfulness: Influence of Yoga practice on positive affect and aggression”(Dwivedi, Kumari, Akhilesh, & Nagendra). The link to the studies are below.

“This review study shows that yoga interventions may be effective in dealing the personal psychological issues such as reduction of anxiety, stress, and depression and it can promote well-being of an individual. In other words, yoga may not only help in overcoming the psychological and emotional issues but it has the potential to result in positive functioning of an individual. ”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4866336/

“When compared with the control group at the end of the intervention, the Yoga group scores were significantly lower for aggression and higher for PA (positive affectivity)”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5041384/



Yoga in the Workplace and Health Outcome

A review of 9 papers undertaken in 2018 and published under the title “Yoga in the workplace and health outcomes: a systematic review” by L M Puerto Valencia, A Weber, H Spegel, R Bögle, A Selmani, S Heinze, C Herr. This review reported that;

“The findings of this study suggest that yoga has a positive effect on health in the workplace, particularly in reducing stress, and no negative effects were reported in any of the randomised controlled trials.”

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30882860/



Yoga for Self-care and Burnout Prevention

A 2015 study showed that an 8 week yoga intervention for Nurses demonstrated improved self-care and less exhaustion / burnout.

“Compared with controls, the yoga participants reported significantly higher self-care as well as less emotional exhaustion and de-personalisation
upon completion of an 8-week yoga intervention.”

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2165079915596102



Yoga for Back Pain

Back pain is a big cause for staff absence as reported by the Office for National Statistics. In a 2012 study, Yoga was found to be a cost effective intervention for treating patients with chronic or recurrent lower back pain. Here is a link to the study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22433499/

Yoga is also known to help improve posture and provide increased mobility and flexibility. As a result Yoga can help to alleviate the poor posture that results from sitting at a desk or computer. In addition, with regularity of practice, the participants develops a tool kit of moves and postures to help back or postural discomfort. Therefore, they can help themselves and manage their own physical health.



Yoga for Stress and anxiety

The breath work / breathing exercises that are part of Yoga help to reduce the level of stress hormone in the blood. As a result they are proven to be a helpful tool in managing stress and the resultant symptoms.

Mindfulness is part of Yoga. It is the ability to control of attention. With a mindful yoga practice we can make the physical poses an exercise in mindfulness and concentration.

Meditation / relaxation practices have a rich history dating back thousands of years. The benefits of meditation are well documented and include stress relief, anxiety relief and greater wellbeing.

There are a wealth of studies to back up the efficacy of Yoga for anxiety, depression and stress. Dr Timothy McCall MD currently lists the following number of studies proving the benefits for each condition;

  • 28 studies showing the effectiveness of Yoga for anxiety
  • 26 studies showing effectiveness of Yoga for depression
  • 7 studies showing the effectiveness of Yoga for stress.

The list of studies compiled by Dr McCall supports the effectiveness of Yoga in 117 different health conditions. If you would like to look at the studies in more depth you can access details at this link. Health Conditions Helped by Yoga