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.
We specialise in delivering corporate meditation training programmes that deliver the most powerful results, with measurable results that can be quantified and presented to stakeholders & key decision makers.
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Posted: over a year ago "Although initially skeptical, I booked a course with my fiancee largely for her benefit. 4 months on, wow. What an unbelievable difference and improvement I see in the structure of, not just my work productivity, but my life. With such a fantastic teacher, and now friend, in Will I am truly blessed to be where I am - a better person, intrinsically and extrinsically more successful and more controlled and focused. Thank you. I can't say that enough. "
Posted: over a year ago "The best and more powerful things in life are simple...and simple is the word that comes to my mind when Will shared with us his Vedic meditation knowledge and wisdom...This has been a life changing experience that has allow me to be present and in the moment."
Posted: over a year ago "I used to have repeated buzzing ear on one side whenever I thought too much or was stressed but as soon as I started a meditation, it immediately went away in the first 30sec. And now I don't have it anymore. Which is a wonderful thing! I seem to make better decision too. Absolutely a life time tool I need! Thank you so much!"
Posted: over a year ago "Deciding to learn meditation was a great decision. I was a little unsure going in to the classes, but I got everything I hoped for and more. On a daily level, I am more balanced, relaxed and clear in my thinking. The meditation itself, while relatively quick, is hugely enjoyable, and the benefits of being so calm and clear resonate throughout the whole day. Will is a great teacher. He has an impressive wealth of knowledge on vedic meditation, and he always talks in a way that is grounded in the world we live in. I've recommended Will's course to friends and family, which is probably the biggest compliment I can pay, I want them to all have the same benefits that I'm getting day to day from vedic meditation. Thanks Will!"
Posted: over a year ago "I've been doing this for three weeks and the most significant positives are improved sleep almost immediately - which was the main reason for learning so i'm very happy about that. I'm also experiencing less aches and pains and i'm not getting so fixated on things that make me cross!! I'm loving it !"
Posted: 7 months and 26 days ago. "After 3 days of doing the meditations and feeling sceptical on the 4th morning I finished the meditation singing that song hallelujah and I have so much energy this morning I'm nearly skipping around the office. My mind is clearer and sharper than any time I can remember - I honestly can't remember the last time I had this much energy...its absolutely amazing! okay....I'm sold!"
Posted: over a year ago "We have been on many retreats in the past but nothing quite compares to this one. Not only were we able to experience new levels of bliss and love but we actually came away having being taught the toolkit to access and develop these emotions on a day to day basis. "
Posted: over a year ago "I met Will Williams in January 2014 having learned in Sydney a year previously. I was looking for a Vedic meditation group I could join for group meditations. I was immediately impressed by Will's friendly approach and his obvious passion for all things meditation. He is such an open and charming fellow and it seemed the whole group was getting on with him famously, myself included. It transpired he'd actually trained alongside my teacher from Sydney. Having seen first hand the positive difference the Vedic meditation had made on my life, my wife was very curious about it, but she was worried about he she would fit it in with looking after two young children. But as soon as she met Will and he talked her through some of the strategies for doing it as a young mother, she opted to take the course. She greatly enjoyed it and her meditation practice has made a huge difference to her and to our family life in general. She is much more calm and balanced, and now there are two of us feeling this way, our kids get to benefit from having two much more relaxed parents :)"
Posted: over a year ago "Will's Vedic Meditation course just came at the right time in my life. At the time I was not centered, didn't know what to do with my life and felt a little lost. Then a friend recommended Will's course and since then things have drastically changed. I am sleeping better, I feel more compassionate, I am more confident and although I still don't know what exactly I want to do in life I know I am exactly on the right path. Jess and Will are very patient and will answer all the questions you may have especially at the beginning or later on. They have also created a great community, make sure to try out the group meditations!"
Posted: over a year ago "For the past 8 years I was involved in deep spiritual studies, wanted to know how life works. I'm aware of my weak points, and while what I learned is valuable, I was not able to make the necessary changes inside and out. Two weeks into Vedic meditation ..... And much to my shock, I decided to drop what I was practicing. I felt like a white piece of paper. Light .... Now one month have past since my first meditation..... I haven't had a down moment:-) I just wake up every morning and realize that a certain pattern or belief I had is no longer there. "
Posted: over a year ago "I've tried so many things, including mindfulness, but have never been able to stop the thoughts invading my mind. This is the first time i've been able to experience no thought in my whole entire life! I have a memory that maybe I experienced it as a kid, but can't truly be sure. But what I can say is that I'm truly humbled by how good this is and by Will & Jess's warmth, good humour, all round general loveliness and total expertise!"
Posted: 1 month and 28 days ago. "I feel like the meditation weekend was life changing and beneficial. I have noticed I am calmer - relaxed and I can feel it in my breathing. Before, at times, I felt anxious but now I am more still and feel there is a part in me I can always reach to feel calmer and solid. I feel i am on a journey and having met this meditation was great!"
Posted: 10 months and 21 days ago. "I want to say thank you so much for providing an excellent learning experience. I enjoyed the beginners course so much and I'm glad I've finally learnt how to meditate! "
Posted: over a year ago "Having done many years of yoga, mindfulness and other guided meditation techniques , I came across this website and felt like I wanted to try a new style of meditation to see if it could deliver . Once I completed the course I started practising for 20 minutes twice a day as suggested , repeating this simple little mantra that Will gave me . All I can say is wow ! What a difference this has made to my life!! I had felt a long yearning to alter my path in life but I didn't really know how to accomplish that change , until now. Vedic meditation has brought a clarity to my thinking, a different perspective on life and it has delivered a sense of calm, peace of mind, and a tangible sense of oneness with my myself and the world I now feel a part of. Will and the team are genuine, sincere, thought provoking and really good fun!"
Posted: over a year ago "My main observations so far are increased energy levels in the day and I am far more relaxed. I'm sure there are many more to come, but this is a pretty awesome start! I would highly recommend Will to anyone looking to start meditating... he's the man! :)"
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.