With staff accounting for up to 90% of operating costs, organisations like Apple, Google and Nike are seeing tangible benefits from ensuring corporate wellbeing programs are available to their employees.
Even a single digit improvement in productivity, or a small reduction in absenteeism or presenteeism can make a huge difference. However, in our fast paced world, stress is becoming increasingly commonplace and burdensome. It is not just effecting individual wellbeing, it is effecting individual and collective performance and ultimately, the bottom line.
Benefits of Vedic meditation in a corporate environment
80% of workers report regularly feeling stressed and this has hugely damaging impacts on retention, engagement, motivation, client and colleague relations, clarity, creativity, efficiency, and employee health and wellbeing.
Vedic meditation leads to an average 33% reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, leading to a reduced frequency and intensity of stress response. helping employees feel better, and achieve more.
Employees benefit from enhanced communication with their colleagues and increased motivation to do a good job. They have greater energy levels, can think more clearly and creatively and can execute tasks with greater ease.
“Significantly faster recovery from stress”
Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology
Vedic meditation leads to greater bloodlfow to the cerebral cortex and greater actviity within the frontal lobes, where our ‘executive functions’ are sited, allowing us to manage information and prioritise tasks.
It also improves sleep quality and facilitates deep rest, allowing the brain to reboot and think more clearly. Greater (and more balanced) activation of the frontal lobes also leads to greater levels of happiness, positivity and wellbeing.
A study from the University of Wisconsin demonstrated that when you’re consistently feeling positive, your productivity rises by 31%, you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion and nearly 10 x more engaged at work.
“My productivity has gone up 25% since I learned. It”s extraordinary.”
Jasper, SVP, Universal
ENHANCED INNOVATION & CREATIVITY
One of the most consistently notable features of doing Vedic meditation is the increase in cognitive and creative functions. This has hugely significant impact on our lateral thinking capabilitiesand our ability to problem solve.
When we meditate, the pre-frontal cortex where our creative thinking takes place, becomes much more active. In addition the brainwave functioning throughout our cerebral cortex begins to mirror that of peak performance(eureka) moments and the more we practise, the more enhanced our creative thinking becomes at all times.
“Greater fluency, flexibility and originality of creative thought”
Journal of Creative Behaviour
INCREASED MEMORY & CONCENTRATION
As meditators we are less disturbed by trivial thinking and we find that we are better able to concentrate on important tasks. We also develop the capability to simultaneously process more information, allowing us to stay on-task even in the face of multiple demands.
Meanwhile, the greater brainwave coherence that is unique to this technique gives us greater access to the deep reservoirs of information that can be found within our sub-conscious.
“People who meditate in the long-term have ‘significantly larger’ hippocampi – the part of the brain associated with memory and learning.”
BETTER DECISION MAKING (esp. under pressure)
When we are stressed, our field of vision narrows and our critical thinking becomes impaired. As meditators, our stress response no longer interferes. At the same time, the area of the brain that is responsible for rational thinking, becomes functionally more active.
As a result, our decision making capability becomes far stronger and, in the absence of stress, we have nothing hindering our executive functions, even under pressure.
“I’m calmer, less stressed and find this new relaxed state enhances my ability to work effectively and retain information. I’ve also noticed a significant enhancement in my ability to problem solve situations.”
Nikki, TV Producer, London
IMPROVED HEALTH & WELLBEING
When we meditate, our regulation of oxygen becomes more optimized, resulting in a highly significant reduction in free radicals scavenging their way around our bodies. The result is less cellular decay and a better functioning immune system. The reduction of stress chemistry also results in reduced cholesterol, a normalization of blood pressure and a 87% reduction in the risk of serious heart disease.
“Vedic meditation leads to 70% reduced days in hospital and 44% fewer visits to the doctors” International Journal of Neursoscience
Thus far, there have been 6000 peer reviewed studies on the beneficial effects of meditation and mindfulness. There is overwhelming evidence to demonstrate that meditation has a significant positive impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of all those who learn.
Indeed, Harvard Business School and Europe’s leading business school, INSEAD, have determined from their extensive research that the two most effective business tools for twenty-first century executives are meditation and intuition.
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Posted: over a year ago "As a mum that works full time I really look forward to those two little pockets of time in the day that I dedicate to meditation. The sleep I'm getting since I started mediating is good quality sleep and although I only manage 7 hours I feel like I've had the 9 hours I would like to get! At weekends my 4 year old has taken to sitting quietly next to me while I mediate. It is now part of the weekend routine and he seems to look forward to it as much as I do. Better sleep is just one of the benefits. Being calmer and more tolerant are others. Life just seems more vivid and full of energy which is great for me but also my son and husband too."
Posted: over a year ago "Firstly, what makes this form of meditation so great is that it's so easy to do and I cannot imagine anyone not being able to get the hang of it. My interest in Vedic meditation is to help me develop my intuitive side and to help my teenaged daughter, who is on the autistic spectrum, to relax and so to lessen her symptoms such as sensory overload and to make processing information easier."
Posted: 11 months and 13 days ago. "I knew about meditation before I had the course with Will, but the meditations I did was mainly guided or with music. With the Vedic meditation technique, I can meditate anywhere, anytime and what better place than in the tube on my way to work :-)"
Posted: over a year ago "I've been really enjoying doing the meditation on my own too, definitely feeling a lot clearer in the mind already, and feel so much more rested. 10/10 recommendation from me. This is top stuff."
Posted: over a year ago "Will taught me how to meditate in February and I've found it to be an incredibly helpful tool, a nice way of recharging the batteries twice a day. My ability to handle stress has greatly been enhanced, I don't seem to sweat the small stuff as much anymore and I seem to be naturally veering towards more healthy choices in my life. Will is a great person to learn from, very calm, fun and knowledgeable. Jess is wonderful too. "
Posted: over a year ago "I've been meditating for 12 days now and I feel so relaxed, my wife has told me that I am like a new person. I haven't smoked at all since that Thursday I am just not feeling the urge, it's great! Work wise, it's been fantastic, I am very calm and very focused. My to do list is done daily by 5pm which is unheard of. Overall I would say not just surprised, but amazed. "
Posted: 9 months and 17 days ago. "I was in such a state when I learned a year ago. I couldn't sleep, I had terrible anxiety, and my depression was quite literally killing me. I am happy to say that meditation has quite literally changed my life."
Posted: over a year ago "As soon as I began meditating with this technique my whole body started vibrating with such an overwhelming feeling that I couldn`t help but smile.
Now I`m more connected to myself and more present in my life. It's something so beautiful to experience. "
Posted: over a year ago "If you're looking for a practical tool that will make coping with modern life a little easier, Will's meditation technique is exactly what you need. For me, it takes the edge off the challenges in life, and adds a shine to the good stuff."
Posted: over a year ago "I started meditating in December 2014 as I was stressed at college doing A levels. I guess I needed a way to calm and manage my nerves before exams. Meditation helped me with that, enabling me to stay calm and focused. "
Posted: over a year ago "I can't recommend Will and the Will Williams Meditation team more highly. Will's teaching, instruction and gentle encouragement led me to give it a shot. I now quite simply can't imagine my life without it. Its my daily tool for managing stress. Life just feels palpably smoother. I've got the tools to enjoy the ride much more."
Posted: over a year ago "I attended Will's meditation course a couple of months ago and it was one of the best decisions I've made. I'm really seeing the benefits and they just seem to get better with time. The main benefit for me has been an increase in energy and better sleep and I feel happier and healthier than I have in a while. I'd tried a few different types of meditation before but I found vedic meditation really worked for me - it's so easy to do, fits into your daily life and enabled me to connect in a way I hadn't managed previously. "
Posted: over a year ago "I used to practice Vipassana meditation and I whilst I loved it, I needed to find something that I could more easily integrate into my life. Will has given me a totally different approach of what meditation can be and provided me with this amazing new tool that allows me to tune into myself easily and without strain. I must say I am truly grateful to Will and Jess for having woken up and expanded all this inner knowledge, it has helped me to become more connected with myself and with those around me. Will is a truly dedicated teacher who is always there for you once the course has finished and he is such an inspiring person."
Posted: over a year ago "I feel better able to manage myself and the anxiety that I have been experiencing for some time. I am also feeling so much more creatively inspired. There are loads of people around me who are asking why I am so positive and chilled out lately, and I find myself recommending Will's technique to everyone who asks. Having seen and enjoyed the benefits of having a calmer husband, my wife is about to start the course too. Thanks a million Will!"
Posted: 6 months and 23 days ago. "I meditate using this knowledge, feeling confidence which gives me huge incentive to continue twice a day and it excites me knowing the more I practice the more benefits accumulate and the more then that I feel a peace of mind that sees me through the day."
Regular in-house guided meditation sessions are a fantastic way to give your staff the benefits of relaxation, allowing them to return to work feeling more energised and productive. Give your staff the gift of being able to regularly deeply relax. Lasting 30-40 minutes, these sessions can be either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Alternatively, if you’re planning a one-off event, we can also provide a guided meditation session as part of your plans.
We’re currently hosting weekly guided meditations at Spotify and other companies around London. If you’d like us to host a series at your company please get in touch.
“The Spotify team are loving the meditation sessions – they’re calming our minds and it sets us up for the day. We couldn’t recommend it more!”
-Claire Young, Office Manager, Spotify
In-House Meditation Courses & Talks
In-House Meditation Courses– We give each staff member of the group their own customised sound and over three sessions, they’ll be equipped with the technique and practicalities to help them perform at their best during the working day and beyond.
We also provide first-class aftercare – including follow up sessions and FREE access for life to our
weekly group meditations anytime.
Free Talks – Our free talks are a great way for your staff to find out more about meditation in a relaxed and informal way.
Running for approximately one hour, we introduce the mechanics and benefits of meditation and why it is so relevant for our 21st century lives. There’ll also be plenty of time to ask questions.