In the last decade, much attention has been paid to increasing physical activity and supporting healthy eating in the workplace. While these are good places to start, when it comes to true wellness, Prana believes emotional and mental fitness also plays an important role. The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees. They have defined positive mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In the workplace there can be no health without mental health.”
What We Offer
While there is no magic pill or quick fix, the Prana team has tools to offer that, when practiced over time, will help your employees build resilience to stress. We offer both “on-the-mat” and “off-the-mat” services for executives and staff in your corporate space. Choose our services individually or combine them for a complete workplace wellness package:
- Yoga classes in the office before or after work and/or during the lunch hour
- 8-week “Live & Learn” stress management course focusing on mindfulness, positive psychology, relaxation methods and breathing exercises
- Seminars, workshops, retreats related to life balance, mental wellness, stress management and self-care.
- 30-minute mindfulness classes
All of our programming is created with the intention of providing professionals with tools to help them better manage stress in their lives and to feel happier at work and in life:
“I attended two of Chantelle’s wellness workshops at a Fanshawe College faculty retreat day and they were extremely well done. The combination of Chantelle’s skills as a teacher / facilitator and her passion for yoga were evident throughout the sessions, and it was an enlightening and positive experience for all of the participants.
After attending both wellness workshops, I was motivated to take Chantelle’s yoga classes. Chantelle really makes her students feel welcome, and she fosters an environment where her students feel safe trying new poses. Chantelle is also very encouraging when she sees our progress, and she makes us feel successful in our own practice.
I am new to yoga and find I look forward to every Wednesday evening and my time with Chantelle. I feel more relaxed and centered after each class, and I also find I’m often reflecting on something she said during our class that really resonated with me. I believe my life is changing is positive ways because of Chantelle and all that I’m learning from her. ”
Why It’s Important
In January of 2013, The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group released the new National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in response to some compelling statistics on how chronic stress, anxiety and depression are affecting working Canadians. It is estimated that Canada spends $51-billion per year on absenteeism, productivity, indemnities and healthcare as a result of mental health disorders. These new standards will play an important role to employers wishing to achieve the rank of “top employer” and implement best practices.
By implementing an approach to workplace wellness that targets stress management and overall well-being, organizations can more effectively:
- recruit and retain employees
- increase productivity and profit
- reduce costs related to employee sick leave, health plan expenses and workers’ compensation and disability claims
- build a stronger team and boost morale
- control costs due to employee absenteeism and “presenteeism”*
*presenteeism is a term to describe employees who are physically at work, but due to stress are highly distracted and mentally preoccupied, which greatly affects productivity.