Written by Kristy Garrett
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot recently held its biennial retreat as an opportunity for attorneys and paralegals to get out of the office together, in order to focus on the direction and future of the firm. One of the events on the agenda was an early morning yoga class, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to the health and wellness of its people. The complex practice of law can be demanding and stressful at times, and studies have shown the practice of yoga has several benefits for corporate professionals. Some of the many benefits of yoga include the following:
- Alleviates certain physical pain and prevents injury. Any physical pain will impact work productivity and absenteeism. Yoga has been shown to be beneficial to reduce low back pain, shoulder stiffness and immobility, neck strain, carpal tunnel and arthritis symptoms, and reduce headaches in some instances. The increased range of motion and flexibility also helps to prevent common injuries. Of course all individuals with any physical limitations or ailments should consult their physician before beginning a physical yoga practice.
- Relieves Stress. Aside from the many physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage and reduce stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. A regular yoga practice creates mental calmness and relieves chronic stress patterns by relaxing the mind. By practicing mindful breathing and the other relaxation techniques emphasized in yoga, individuals experience tremendous stress relief.
- Improves Concentration & Focus. Yoga’s practice of slowing down, mindful and intentional movement and controlled breathing centers attention and sharpens concentration, contributing to more focus and creativity.
- Increases Positivity and Productivity. By moving the body, its muscles, joints, ligaments and bones in all of the way that the body needs to move; by removing certain toxins through deep breathing; and by clearing the clutter of the mind by practicing one point of focus, individuals find they have more energy and just feel better, physically and emotionally. And an employee that feels better, will perform better in all aspects of their professional life.
Healthy, relaxed, energized and focused employees are more productive, efficient and cost effective. By promoting and encouraging the practice of yoga, Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot values wellness and is committed to the happiness and health of its employees.