How to make yoga work at work
We often read about the many incredible benefits of yoga. It enhances concentration and motivation, increases self-confidence, makes us happy, strengthens the immune system, and relieves anxiety, stress and depression.
What we don’t read about very often is how easy yoga is to do. Once you get into the rhythm of practicing yoga regularly it quite simply becomes a part of your life. You can do it anywhere you want for as long as you want and it will keep providing you with endless rewards.
It’s for this reason that yoga makes the perfect workplace workout. Most of us sit at a desk for 8-plus hours, hunched over a keyboard in a state of stress.
Yoga can heal your body by eliminating back pain and strengthening muscles. It can also heal your mind by decreasing the negative thoughts which build up from the pressure of hard work. Best of all is you can practice yoga easily in your workspace. Here’s how:
- Kit up – You should take a few essential items with you to work when you are planning to practice yoga at your desk. Make sure you have headphones, soothing tunes and clothes that have comfort and stretch. Either wear your yoga look to work – it can look cool and trendy – or bring the attire in a bag with a yoga mat. If you don’t have a mat, a large bath towel will do just fine. Footwear isn’t necessary, socks or barefeet will do.
- Zone out – Find a quiet space in the office. This might be at your desk wearing a pair of headphones to block out any noise pollution. Or, if you work in an open-plan space and want a little bit of privacy, look for a little out-of-the-way spot outside the building or on the roof or in a boardroom if it isn’t being used (usually not during lunch hour).
- Time out – Schedule 15 to 30 minutes of yoga into your work calendar. This way you will practice it regularly by getting into the habit of doing it at a time that suits you. Assuming you do it in your 1-hour lunch break, don’t schedule more than 30 minutes. This gives you time to prep, practice yoga and still eat lunch. Let your co-workers know that you will be practicing yoga so that they don’t think you have lost the plot when in fact you are doing the downward facing dog. Better still, try recruit other staff in joining you. When you have 10 or more people in your yoga group you may want to bring in the yoga pros. Find out more about mobile yoga.
Now that you know what to bring to work to make yoga practical and easy for you, let’s take a look at a form of yoga you can do in the office. We recommend Ashtanga (ashta = 8 and anga = limb) or the 8 Limbs. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures which ultimately work to strengthen the body and destress the mind. Read this article and watch the helpful video about the 8 Limbs of Yoga to learn about incorporating it into your working day.
Perhaps the best thing of all about incorporating yoga into your work routine is that you are creating a lifelong habit of looking after your physical and mental well being. Once you know how to do the poses and understand why you do each one, you can roll out your mat and practice yoga anywhere.
Don’t allow the winter work blues to make you miserable and ultimately sick. Do yoga to heal you. Do it with a group at work to improve the vibe in the office. Want a yogi to help get you started? Contact us and we’ll send a qualified instructor plus the yoga mats.