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Company encourages meditation at work

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -

Meditation at work? It's not just for yogis.

Here's why one company is encouraging its employees to meditate at the office.

Tom Freeman takes advantage of group meditations held in his office twice a day.

"At 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the team will come together and well kind of do a very simple 10 minute guided meditation," said Freeman.

He works at headspace, a California company that produces a meditation app and allows its own employees to meditate anytime during their shift.

Richard Pierson and Andy Puddicombe started the company.

"What we try to do as much as possible is give people the space and tools to be able to kind of make it work and fit in their working day," said Richard Pierson, Headspace co-founder. 

They created areas designed for quiet reflection and relaxation like the swing room, meant to take the stress out of meetings.

Employees can also sit inside meditation pods. They use this tablet and headphones to follow a short guided meditation.

Many studies show meditation can have significant health benefits including lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and boosting concentration.

The bosses at Headspace believe it will improve productivity at work.

"There is a shifting culture in most companies now where people accept unless the team is healthy and happy, there's no way there's going to be an optimum working environment," Andy Puddicombe, Headspace co-founder.

Freeman says it's working for him.

"Sometimes people joke that I must be very chilled out and stuff like that," said Freeman.

With a growing number of businesses embracing the concept more employees may soon find it a lot easier to clear their heads.

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