Imagine, you're at work, it's a Monday, it's about half way through your day, and before you start contemplating what you'll have for lunch, you have the opportunity to change into some comfy clothes, play laughter games with coworkers, take a constructive rest, listen to awesome music, dance a little, sweat a little, relax, unwind and restore yourself for the rest of the day ( and then enjoy lunch)! This is a reality for some people and could be for you too if you had a yoga instructor come to your work place!
A growing and progressive field has been bringing yoga and meditation to the office. Western scientific research studies have been conducted over the past few decades into the subject of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. One of the questions WAS, "Could it help reduce stress and increase efficacy in the workplace?" The answer was always obvious and apparent, and yoga has become associated (in U.S. culture) with relaxation, increased flexibility, reduced stress, and an improved sense of well being.
Currently I am working with a business, the local library and an elementary school, (with a couple others in the works) where I go right to their work place to share the joys of yoga with them. It's amazing the transformation process that occurs over our hour together. People sometimes come in stiff, anxious, cold, or stressed and always leave a little warmer and lighter, usually with a smile on their face. It is a blessing being able to work and play with individuals at their work, there's something special about it for myself and for them. For them, being able to take a rest from their busy schedules and do something proactive, lighthearted, healthy, and fun, and to bring some balance and break up stagnation during their day is Huge! Participants get to share a memorable experience with their coworkers and friends, and all around feel good about themselves, without having to drive anywhere else before, after, or during work. The convenience factor is probably most appealing.
As for me, I'm just sharing what I love. It's a total win-win.
Below is a file that lists some ways you can share a few laughs with people at work, and how laughter can change your environment.
Interested in bringing the joys of yoga to your work? Contact your favorite practitioner or a local yoga studio and get on board with the largest growing field!
With Love and Laughs,
Bryan J. Nupp, RYT 200