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!)
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.
Tip one: Think of your brain as a muscle. In fact, think of your brain as all of your muscles.
Many of us are familiar with the concepts of working out and getting in shape (even if we don’t do it regularly). Your brain works much the same way: you have different parts of the brain that do different things for you. Two really useful perspectives come from this metaphor:
Using the same part of your brain over and over without working the other parts of your brain will make you look like this guy:
Okay, maybe not literally, but let’s roll with it. As strong as this guy may be in his upper body, he’s going to have a hard time hiking up a mountain, or jumping over an obstacle; he’s not very versatile in what he can do. Hugging our brain includes loving all parts equally. This is important not just so we don’t look like that guy, but also because we lose effectiveness in parts of our brains that get overused.
Which leads us to our second useful perspective…
Our brains get tired. Every good personal trainer will tell you to take a rest day, or two. The brain needs rest too, in a big way.
More often than not our version of rest is physical rest, and our brains are still asked to do a lot of “work” while we “rest”: imagine all the worst possible scenarios of how something could pan out, think through (over and over) how we should have done something differently or how someone did us wrong, go over and over our ever-growing to-do list, etc. Hugging our brain includes giving our brains a break so they can do what they do even better.
So, if we think of our brain as all of our muscles, what do we do?
There are LOTS of ways to do this, and WE is just highlighting our favorites:
Please let us know how it goes! And remember, for different results, we need different neural pathways! That’s why we started the #HugYourBrain campaign. Brain-friendly ways towards the life you want!
Let’s assume you have a New Year’s Resolution you’re really excited about. You’re clear on what you want to change, and you eagerly want the anticipated results. You may have even made a commitment to yourself, or someone else for accountability, and you’re sure this is the year you’ll keep your resolution.
So, will you? Well, statistically speaking, no.
The good news is that each of us is more than a statistic– whatever the odds are, you have the ability to overcome them when we understand what keeps us locked in the status quo. (more…)
Seriously. Hear us out.
The Golden Rule states: “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” Basically, treat everyone the way you want to be treated.
Rubbish. This rule would be brilliant if we were all the same, and all wanted to be treated the same. But we aren’t. We are beautifully and gorgeously different. In subtle and obvious ways. We have different experiences in life, different beliefs, and different biological make-ups.
And different needs.
While we all deserve the same love and respect, the ways we receive this love and respect can vary greatly. This is glaringly true when we look at the genders. Biologically, men and women have different wirings in their brains, different hormone levels, and different needs when under stress. For the most part (and on a continuum formed by our experiences and culture) when under stress, women need to talk, create community, and work in a team, while men need to zone-out, solve problems and work individually.
So when a woman sees a stressed-out man and treats him how she’d like to be treated (let’s talk and do this together!), it doesn’t help. And when a man sees a stressed-out woman and treats her how he’d like to be treated (solve the problem or dismiss it as unimportant), it doesn’t help. In fact, it can be infuriating. Gender is just one example, but this also varies individual to individual; we have different values, different sensitivities and different trigger points.
Rather than follow the Golden Rule, try this:
So here’s the new rule: Treat others they way they want to be treated!
Okay, okay, there may still be room for the Golden Rule and the belief that we are all One… but functionally speaking, what’s possible for you in this? Give it a try and let us know how it goes!