America's Charities | May 19, 2023

International Day of Yoga

June 21st marks International Day of Yoga, a day dedicated to promoting the practice of yoga and its many benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health. Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India and has gained popularity worldwide for its ability to reduce stress, improve flexibility, build strength, and promote overall well-being.

On this day, individuals and communities around the world come together to celebrate the practice of yoga through various activities and events. These may include yoga classes, workshops, meditation sessions, and other related activities.

In addition to its physical and mental health benefits, yoga has also been found to have a positive impact on emotional health. Studies have shown that regular practice of yoga can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and promote feelings of relaxation and well-being.

As we celebrate International Day of Yoga, it’s important to remember that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or ability. There are many different styles of yoga, and individuals can choose the style that best fits their needs and preferences.

Let us take this opportunity to embrace the practice of yoga and its many benefits, and to encourage others to do the same. Together, we can create a healthier and happier world through the practice of yoga.

Interested in ways you can promote promote employee health and wellness in the workplace?

  1. Host a Yoga Class: If you have space such as a conference room at your office, you could invite a yoga instructor to lead your team through some exercises. Or, for hybrid or 100%-remote work settings, you could hold a Yoga Zoom session or gift employees a free Yoga session at a place of their choosing in their local community.

  2. Launch an Employees Assistance Fund (or if you already have one, remind employees about this incredible employee benefit). An Employee Assistance Fund (EAF), also known as an Employee Relief Fund or an Employee Crisis Fund, is a program which can be used to provide financial support to employees impacted by disasters, personal emergencies, and other hardships. You can learn more about the benefits of working with America’s Charities as your EAF partner here.

  3. Volunteer! 75% of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering. The mental and emotional benefits of volunteering are even greater, with 93%  reporting an improved mood, 79% reporting lower stress levels, and 88% reporting increased self-esteem by giving back. (Source: UnitedHealth Group 2017 Doing Good is Good for You Study). As an employer, you can support your employees’ passions through volunteerism. It’s an effective way to further demonstrate your company’s commitment to your workforce while also creating social impact is by offering opportunities for your staff to support the causes they care about. You can learn about what these programs entail and how to start one here.

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