Sunday, August 8, 2010

Practicing Yoga at Work

There are many ways to practice Yoga at work.

Let's start with the physical practice.  It is a good idea to take periodic breaks from your work, whether you sit at your computer for most of the day or if you are on your feet.  While it may seem like the best thing to do is "push" through and get everything done, it is actually refreshing for the body-mind-spirit to take brief breaks in order to stretch and breathe deeply - helping to avoid stressed and tense muscles from bad posture or being in one position for too long and helping to mindfully bring a fresh supply of oxygen to all of your cells (including the very important Brain Cells).  Doing this can bring a sense of feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and refocused.

If you are unable to practice full-on yoga positions at your work, you may enjoy this video that I came across the other day.  It is a short series of Sun Salutations, adapted so that it may be done from a chair.  I tried it and felt quite renewed.

If you give it a try, please do share what you think!

Another way that we can practice our yoga at work is by taking our yoga lessons off of the mat and into the office. In this way, we share our Yoga by helping to take care of others and lift them up.  Many people are not accustomed to this and will be drawn to your energy because they like how it feels to be treated well.

I like to treat everyone that I encounter with respect, dignity, professionalism, and kindness.  I like to treat everyone so well that they remember the company I work for because they are so delighted by our interactions. This is my way of practicing Yoga and lovingkindness.  I may not be teaching asanas on a mat or guiding people through pranayama during the day, but the light of love in my heart shines and radiates to my coworkers, our clients, potential clients, vendors - even our couriers...and in this way, I feel blessed.

No matter who you are or what your profession, you can have an impact and affect others positively and powerfully by shining your light and living from your heart.

I truly hope you begin to enjoy practicing Yoga at work!

Debbie aka Sulilo

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