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Yoga in the workplace. Why not?

I began writing this morning about something completely different, something fun that I’ll save for another time. But for now, I can’t help but change my focus after an event this morning that jarred my emotions…

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A medical journal was laid out on the counter at work, opened to an article about yoga helping local doctors manage stress. I thought, “Brilliant! What a lovely thing for us to see and read first thing in the morning!” It talked about how our lives get so hectic and stressful at times, and how some doctors have found relief in yoga. It offered tips on finding the right studio and class and even offered tips for midday stress relief when attending a yoga class may not be doable. And for many, this advice coming from a doctor is more credible than advice coming from a tree-hugging, vegetarian yogi like yours truly. And I get that. It’s perfectly understandable. Some people are skeptical and may be afraid of the hokie hulu that might try to gobble them up if they try yoga.

But what they don’t understand is that yoga is a very welcoming and forgiving community. No one judges you in yoga. It’s you who is judging you. It’s your ego that keeps looking and evaluating and refusing to let go. And it doesn’t matter what profession you’re in, stress relief should be a part of your daily conversation, even if it is yoga. And in my opinion, even better if it is yoga!

Yoga benefits the body in so many wonderful ways… It helps the cardiovascular system, circulatory, neurological, muscular (of course), skeletal, and digestive systems; it also stimulates the endocrine system and helps with metabolism, mental clarity, and increases pulmonary function… The list goes on and on – I don’t want to bore you. The point is, we all have stress. We all have those days when we feel the world is closing in and our options seem limited. But yoga can help you let go of all the life noise and learn to live more in the moment. You learn to breathe through stressful times and realize it’s all going to be okay. Everything works out, in one way or another, and you learn to navigate by and through it. As I told my 6-year-old last night, “It all comes out in the wash.”

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and to endure what cannot be cured. B.K.S. Iyengar

So Yoga in the workplace… Why not? Many offices and top-performing companies are offering yoga to their employees. Less stress = better job performance. Less judgement = better group cooperation. Less competition = better camaraderie. And a break in the day = happier people.

Bend.  Breathe.  Create space.  And stretch your mind.

You just may find yoga works for you too. Give it a try. What have you to lose? Stress? You may even discover a mind/body connection. Bonus! But if you don’t, no harm done. Your body reaped the benefits for the duration.

Live without judgement and act without reacting. Let go of logic and live intuitively.

Namaste, friends.

Psst… For those who have followed me, did you see the part about “Legs up the Wall”? Remember, 20 minutes in this position is equivalent to the rest received from 3 hours of sleep. I love it!

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