every dollar spent on wellness programs saves $3.17 in corporate medical costs.​*

Absenteeism costs fall by $2.73 for every dollar spent on wellness programs.*

At 6 months, electronic staff records showed that yoga participants missed a total of 2 working days due to musculoskeletal conditions compared with 43 days for usual care participants.**

The risk for long-term dropout from work decreased by nearly 60 %, the mental and physical workability increased, as well as the hours participants returned back to work.***

Maintaining established wellness programs is imperative as costs continue to decrease over time, benefiting both the employer and employee. 


  • Decreases reliance on health insurance benefits

  • Lower rates of absenteeism and increases productivity

  • Encourages management of chronic disease


  • Boosts energy levels

  • Sharpens focus and concentration leading to increased productivity

  • Improves response to stress and psychological health

  • Elevates affect which increases motivation and staff synergy

  • Remediates effects of sitting, improves posture and promotes overall health and wellbeing

  • Reduces pain of individuals with musculoskeletal conditions


  • Enhances attention and cognitive function establishing peace of mind and equanimity

  • Improves psychological health by alleviating anxiety and depression

  • Promotes better sleep quality

  • Improves affect and mood regulation

  • Provides stress relief and coping skills for how individuals react to conflict

  • Creates a positive work environment



  • Improves inflammatory biomarkers, prevents and manages metabolic conditions and chronic diseases

  • Brings clarity of mind resulting in sharpened focus and concentration

  • Reduces stress levels and reactions to stress in the workplace

  • Increases affect

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