The American Workforce is More Mindful Than Ever Before

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There must be something in the air, because studies are showing American employees are paying more attention to mindfulness and holistic health practices than ever before. This is great news – we know that activities like yoga and meditation have proven to improve employee well-being, productivity, and overall health.

The American workforce is becoming more mindful. In a new study of more than 85,000 adults, yoga practice among U.S. workers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012, from 6 percent to 11 percent. Meditation rates also increased, from 8 percent to 9.9 percent.

Based on these rising numbers, the study makes another good point. Incorporating mindfulness practices into the workplace experience – through employee wellness and stress-reduction programs, yoga and meditation classes, and web-based offerings – can be a way for companies to encourage their workers to take care of themselves both inside and outside the office.

As a whole, mindfulness practices can ‘address multiple workplace wellness needs, benefiting both employees and employers,’ the study authors say.

At Chasing Nirvana Yoga, we offer on-site yoga and wellness services for offices, apartment buildings, and more. We’ve already seen the benefits these types of classes provide, and many of the companies we work with offer our services on a continual schedule because they recognize the importance of overall wellness. It’s worth its weight in gold.

Read more in TIME on the recent studies showing that mindfulness is picking up steam in the workplace. To learn more about how mindfulness and holistic health practices can help you get through your day to day, connect with us at!