As the resident Hippie-Moon-Child of the NEU office, it’s no surprise that I love Yoga. In April of this year, I had made the amazing decision to go for my Registered Yoga Teacher Certification-200 Level, and eventually, I brought my practice into the office. It occurred to me that when we’re bound to our desks for almost 8 hours, uninterrupted, it’s no wonder we slunk down in our chairs, feeling stressed both mentally and physically. So what makes yoga such a great way to create a harmonious office?
Aside from all the obvious physical benefits of yoga and the stress relieving techniques it promotes, the philosophies of this ancient practice can be so much more than just a way to get over that ‘rough day’ and have a nice bod! The word yoga loosely translates to “to yolk or unify,” and the practice is intended to do just that - unify your body, mind, and breath. And when we are “one” or whole within ourselves, we can be one with those outside of ourselves. It really is just that simple. Think about it. How many times have you told that one single friend of yours that’s beautiful and smart, yet insecure and self-conscious, “you can’t love anyone else until you love yourself.” Same principle applies here. FACT: If you are stressed at work, that negative energy will come out to your co-workers in one way or another.
I had the honor and pleasure of leading a class here at the Neu offices the other night, and my beaUtiful students, Elyse, Darren and Ethan, were yogamazing! Not only did we have a really nice workout, but it brought us all a little closer. Even if the practice has a placebo effect, if it is legitimately promoting health, happiness, and wholeness, #WhyNotYoga?
As I leave you with these thoughts, at some point today, whether it’s right after you read this, or before you go to bed, or anywhere in between, I’d like to challenge you to try something and tell me it doesn’t work. When the stresses of the office seem to be overwhelming you like gnats around your head on a hot summer day, stop what you’re doing. Close your eyes. Breathe in through the nose and think of a word that will bring you peace, strength, compassion or anything in between. Hold your breath and that thought for a second. Exhale through the nose and think of a word that hinders you or fills you with fear, anger or hatred. Push all the air out of you. Resume normal breathing.Thank your body for supporting you, your mind for seeking right truth, and your breath for fueling them both. Namaste!