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Bring Your Yoga to Work!

Yoga is not just something confined to the four corners of your yoga mat. We can practice yoga every moment of the day by bringing mindfulness to every perception, every action and every interaction we experience. And guess what, it’s invaluable at work. Here are just a couple way that practicing yoga at work can help you have a more positive experience of work (and then a couple of ways to remember to do it!)

  • Breath: In our yoga practice we consciously breath into challenge, to give us strength and to steady our mind. It’s also useful when we encounter a challenge at work. Take a few deep breaths before responding to the challenge, and endeavor to keep the steadiness in your mind that tells you “I can handle so much more than I think I can.”
  • Awareness: Mindfulness, and our yoga practice, stands on the foundation of awareness. We must be aware in order to be in choice. The same goes for work. We must truly be aware of how we are showing up in each situation in order to empower ourselves to make a different choice. Each time there’s something challenging, do you react with impatience and frustration and start to snap? Do you double down on your focus and forget about other people having an experience of that challenge? Noticing gives us options.
  • Non-judgment: Okay, okay WE hears this one all the time—but you HAVE to judge when you’re at work. Maybe… but try this on: you need to evaluate what is and continue moving forward with better and more information. Calling it good or bad may be optional. And calling a person good or bad is definitely optional. Watch what happens when you can slow the roll on judgment and stand squarely in the mutual purpose of having a successful outcome.
  • Vulnerability: The dreaded V word at work. And yet, as Brene Brown reminds us, this is the birthplace of creativity and innovation. Sometimes we have to say “I don’t know.” Sometimes we need to be wrong in order to get to our desired outcome. And sometimes we need to show we are human in order to truly lead other humans. This is a great place to experiment and play with showing up as more and more of your whole self.  Yes even at work!

So how do you remember to use your yoga at work? It’s a practice just like anything else. And the more you can bring moments of your “regular” yoga to work, the more you’ll remember to keep it alive in between. That’s why WE created online office yoga breaks through YogaDownload. These breaks range from 5-15 minutes and address a multitude of work challenges. If you want a discount for a YogaDownload membership, click here to get a year unlimited membershp for $29.

And even better, talk to us about bringing an in-person yoga class to your workplace. We currently offer classes in Denver and Los Angeles, and we’re eager to help you share your yoga with your co-workers! Contact us here.

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Posted on: October 11th, 2016 No Comments

Work Smarter: Office Breaks for Your Brain and Body

It’s 3pm. You’re brain is fuzzy. It’s getting harder and harder to focus. Your body is sore from sitting. And you just want to make that final push to get that last bit done and then you’ll take a break. Or maybe you’re looking at the finish line to go home and want to get the last 3 items done on your to-do list and then you can leave. Just push a little more, a little harder. The problem is, it’s taking forever. You’re re-reading lines, you’re slumping into your seat, and you’re attention is all over the place.

Here’s what we know about that: our pre-frontal cortex (PFC), our “thinking brain” is a very limited resource. For any activities involving understanding, deciding, recalling, memorizing or inhibiting, we need our thinking brain. Unfortunately, the brain’s energy gets depleted very quickly. When our brain’s energy is depleted, we resort to our mental maps (habits and shortcuts) to get us through the best we can. This is when our work suffers, things take longer than we think they will and the end of the day leaves us with no energy to spare for loved ones.

And don’t we all want to do our best work and have energy to spare for loved ones (or ourselves) at the end of the day?

Yes, yes we do.

Enter the Office Breaks on Yoga Download. One of the things both your brain and your body need to refuel is oxygen. So when we get to that place where our brain is fuzzy and we feel the urge to push through… stop. Seriously, stop. Instead of taking the 30 minutes it will take you to finish up without your PFC, take a break and it will only take you 5 or 10 minutes to do even better work.

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These Office Breaks are specifically designed for common moments in our work days like when your brain is fuzzy, you’re low on energy, or you’re overwhelmed (among others!). WE deliberately structures these breaks to give your brain the oxygen it needs, give your body the movement it needs, and give your mind an invitation to shift your experience towards something better.

The result is that you do better work, are more efficient, your body feels better, and you have energy to spare at the end of the day.

So taking little breaks throughout the day is the easy choice, right?

We wish! None of us make good decisions when our brains are already depleted. So don’t rely on your brain because it will do what it’s always done.  Instead, make it a literal no-brainer. Schedule a calendar reminder every 90 minutes to try an Office Break. This will give you a reminder at just the right time, and relinquishes your brain of needing to make any more decisions when it’s already exhausted. Wouldn’t that be nice!

Try the Office Breaks. Track the results for a few weeks. Let us know how it goes.

Workplace Evolved offers 5, 10, and 20-minute office breaks designed for common situations we encounter in the workday.  The first two are live on Yoga Download, with 15 more recorded. If you have any requests, just let us know. We’ll use your feedback, requests and results to fuel this segment of Yoga Download and hope to have many more breaks available online over time.  Just one of the ways WE is changing the way the world works!

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 No Comments