By Guest Blogger: Danielle Pastula
September is National Yoga Month, so to focus on the ultimate trifecta of VIDA’s core tenets (mind, body, spirit), we want to use this month’s theme to help you bring yoga, which focuses on mind, body and spirit all at the same time, in to those various aspects of your life.
Not only can incorporating yoga in to your overall fitness routine help calm anxiety, reduce stress, and increase mental clarity and mindfulness, but bringing yoga in to your work environment can also bring great benefits to your team.
Here are our four favorite ways to bring some namaste in to your workday:
You already know that sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful for your health, but even if you’re always on top of getting up to walk around every 20 minutes (like you should), your desk still isn’t doing you any favors.
That’s right, not only do we have to worry about too much sitting, but the way we sit is also important because poor posture can mean major health concerns related to pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and back.
One thing that does help with keeping proper posture as well as keeping your muscles nice and loose is performing yoga right at your desk. The best part is you don’t need any equipment, you won’t look too crazy (that is, if you’re concerned with looking crazy at work), and it’ll leave you feeling better immediately.
You can find some great desk yoga routines and sequences that are perfect for fitting in before a meeting or whenever you just need a five minute break here, here, and here.
Once you try out some desk moves, you might discover this whole “yoga during work” thing is really for you.
If that’s the case, come try out a 45 minute lunchtime class at the VIDA Fitness nearest your work. We have classes throughout the week specifically tailored to fit the lunchtime fitness crowd, and we know that yoga is a great way to find zen in the middle of the day.
There’s honestly no better way to break up a workday than with some time to relax, but you’ll also be getting a great workout that’s good for your mind and body. Check out our class schedules here.
Kick Off Meetings With Yoga
Of course, we realize not everyone may be able to integrate yoga in to their work day in the ways mentioned above (you may not have a VIDA near your work, or you may not have a desk job), but almost every workplace holds team meetings every now and then.
So, next time there’s a meeting on the calendar, suggest that the person leading the meeting (or if it’s you, just go for it) start off with some gentle yoga poses and stretches that will get everyone feeling zen before diving in to the agenda. Don’t worry, there are plenty of poses to choose from that don’t involve getting on the floor.
And it may sound cheesy, but if you frame this meeting warm-up as a way for everyone to just take a breather for a couple minutes and get in the right head space, we guarantee your meeting will have a great energy that follows.
Have a Yoga Team Building Session
Finally, if you find that your team really responds well to kicking off meetings with a few minutes of yoga, take it to the next level by inviting them to take a full yoga class as a recreational break.
You don’t have to have a meeting afterwards, it can simply be a team-building session that you hold in your office once a month or so to show that you value your team’s mindfulness and well being. If it sounds weird, it’s not, there are lots of yoga instructors out there who specifically do these type of corporate/team-building classes where they’ll come to your workplace to hold a class, and if you haven’t guessed already…yes, we can help facilitate this kind of yoga class for you through VIDA’s Corporate wellness program.
Whether you want you team to come to VIDA, or the VIDA team to come to you, we know the value in bringing the mind/body connection to life through team-building fitness classes. Trust us, people love it!
So what do you think? Would you try incorporating a little yoga in to your workday to improve your health and wellness? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!