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Increasing worker productivity through Yoga sounds like an impossible goal.
But Tevis Gale says she knows her services help do the job, especially as the “24/7-ization of the workplace” edges ever closer to stressing out the American work force.

“We create employees who thrive,” said Gale, owner of Balance Integration Corp. in New York City. “All our programming is intended to unleash employee productivity, and happiness, at the risk of sounding corny.”

With less than 27 percent of U.S. employees in a recent Gallup poll viewing themselves as “truly engaged” at work, Gale says a “national crisis” is looming.

“If we can help people feel better and think better, no matter where they are in the company chain, they’re going to start to feel better and start contributing a lot better, and then the entire company starts to work better,” said Gale.

She signed up AOL as her first customer after saying in her exit interview that stress drags on productivity and she wanted to help “corporate people be able to enjoy work instead of just stressing until they’re about to drop.”

Fees are “several hundred dollars and up,” Gale said, depending on what services are provided. These can include a one-time workshop, wellness newsletter and on-site classes. The company has expanded, with locations in Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“You can go to Harvard Business School and learn how to be a fantastic businessperson, but no one ever teaches people how to better manage themselves through the course of a workday,” Gale said. “It’s all about learning techniques so that if a curveball comes your way, you know how to calm yourself in the midst of everyday chaos.”

Linda Blank, who takes yoga from a Balance Integration fitness pro at the Manhattan offices of Yahoo, said she felt much better after pulling “out of the craziness of the workday” to take the classes.

“They asked if there was anything special that I needed taken care of and I said, ‘Two tension knots in my shoulder,’” said Blank, a Yahoo marketing associate. “I left the yoga class, and an hour later they were gone.”

Blank said she was able to get back to work, unencumbered.
“The tension of the day is gone, and you can just do whatever needs to be done,” said Blank, who usually takes the on-site yoga classes at the end of her workday twice a week.

Jeannay Murphy, who works for Disney Publishing in Manhattan, said the on-site exercise helps her feel less “annoyed” during her daily commute. She, too, takes yoga classes after her shift ends.

“I just feel less stressed and I’m able to concentrate better,” she said.

This article taken from The Gazette – Colorado Springs

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