Yoga at work

Yoga and nowadays’ work

A lot of today’s professional activities happen sitting at a desk, in front of a screen, often for many, many consecutive hours. Some of the greatest gifts the practice of yoga offers us, Westerners, are the highly beneficial effects on body and mind, precisely in this context of a sedentary existence with a lot of mental activity.

The effects of yoga practice

The yoga postures and exercises make the body stronger and stretch and elongate the muscles. New space is literally being created, and the “knots” of muscular tension and stress start to dissolve. Sitting almost motionless at a desk for long hours causes the back and the spine to be compressed and to become more compact and more rigid. Yoga brings movement into the spine and creates lengthening and relaxation.

Breathing mostly happens completely unconsciously. Intense mental activity causes the breath to become very superficial, with lapses of time where breathing is almost non-existent. Sometimes this creates local oxygen deficits, which enhance muscular tension. In yoga, one is invited to breathe a lot, consciously and deeply. This way of breathing restores the flow of energy throughout the body, the oxygen supply can be compared to a river that replenishes all parts of the body with vital life force and energy.

Due to the intense mental activity and the frequent use of computer screens the employees tend to lose contact with their bodies. It is as if they reside entirely “in their heads”. A moment of yoga at work brings them back “home” in their bodies, in their own matter, and that helps to restore the balance. It is both a moment of physical activity and a beneficial moment of rest. By consequence, the mind is soothed and greater calm and clarity emerge.

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Yoga in company

Yoga can be used within the context of the company as one of the tools within a strategy that improves wellbeing at work, and counters stress and burn-out phenomena.
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Within the context of Yoga Kitchen we offer Yoga at the workplace.
This can be organized in the format of a weekly yoga class, or as punctual workshops on stress management with yoga and breathing as a starting point.

In the weekly classes of about one hour a good balance is kept between effort and rest, dynamic and static exercises, breathing exercises and relaxation. Everyone is welcome, everyone can participate within one’s physical abilities of the moment. After the session, the employees resume their professional activities, both relaxed and recharged. The session has a highly beneficial effect on the well-being and the energy level of the employees, often resulting in an improved productivity.

Yoga at the workplace – references 2017

Triodos Bank Belgium
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Yoga at the workplace – references 2015 – 2016

Nagelmackers Bank
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