When I tell people I work at a Yoga Studio, the response I often get is “Wow, you must do a lot of yoga.”
Yes, I do. A lot. Of yoga. I know how fortunate I am to be able to drop into class at lunchtime or after work; and the studio is literally, steps away from my office. But I, too, have days where it’s challenging to get to class. Days when the paperwork seems endless and I spend hours hunched over my computer. So what can I do? Yep, you guessed it, yoga.
My experience has been that even by taking a short break to close my eyes…to stretch…to breathe…will result in a significant shift in my energy. There are many studies that demonstrate the power of yoga and mindfulness as pathways to improve concentration, increase productivity and ultimately, greater health. Some of my favorites speak to how useful smaller increments of activity and stretching are – while participating in a full class is wonderful, you can calm your central nervous system and build greater cardiovascular health in just 5-10 minutes.
When my day calls for more mouse time than mat time, I need to be even more disciplined in finding avenues to release the overworked muscles and mind. The most common aches when working at a desk are shoulders, neck, back and wrists. With the help of friends, I created a short video that allows you to stretch these key areas of the body that hold tension. A little stretching, a little breath work, a little intention setting.
In less than 10 minutes you can shift your energy and return to the tasks at hand with more focus and clarity.
Because wouldn’t it be great to wrap up the office work in a timely manner? Maybe you’ll be so productive you can leave work on time. More time for play, for family, for friends…maybe even more time for yoga.
If you’re interested in bringing yoga to your workplace, reach out to me! We’d love to support you and your co-workers.
See you soon! ~ Kerri