Yin Yoga for Workplace Stress

Yin Yoga is a unique style of yoga that emphasizes relaxation while also providing a beneficial stimulus to the bone and connective tissue of the body, promoting optimal functioning. The emphasis is on holding poses for long periods of time while relaxing the muscles of the body.

Jack Lalanne, who passed away at 96, worked out 2 hours per day and contributed regular exercise and nutrition to his longetivity and great health. In the early 1950’s, many people avoided exercise believing that exercise was detrimental to one’s overall well-being. Jack Lalanne, coined the term “use it or lose it”. Many people at that time avoided exercise, believing that exercise wasn’t helpful and even posed a risk to one’s longevity, diminishing the number of heartbeats. Imagine…

In a very similar way, Yin Yoga educates us about the powerful proactive steps we can take to reduce the fixation and immobilization of joints and improve the overall mobility and posture of our body. Up until recently, doctors believed that it was not wise to put pressure or to exercise the joints, believing joints would only wear out.

 

 

Yin Yoga can help to promote meditation and general relaxation, the important of which should not be underestimated. A wide range of health conditions are stress related and any practice that reduces stress will have far reaching effects on the general health of the individual. In addition when people are calmer they will be more likely to engage with their family, friends and all others that they encounter in a positive way, which then will improve the ealth of the social environment on more subtle levels.

 

 

Prolonged pressure (without force) increases synovial fluid and hyloraunic acids, keeping joints supple and pliant (opposite from atrophy, imbalance, fixation, dried out, brittle, hard, and more susceptible to injury)

☀Feeling of calm and balance

☀Regulated energy levels (chi-energy)

☀Greater strength

☀Improved health

☀Stress levels lowered

☀Greater stamina

☀Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints

☀Slowed signs of aging

☀Improved meditation

☀Deeper Relaxation

☀Improved practice of yang yoga

☀Conditions you to sit longer and more comfortably

☀Also helps lengthen response time, stregnthens limbic system, hypothalamus, aid in the treatment of drug and alcohol, pain and trauma recovery, and eating disorders.

To start your onsite workplace Yin Yoga class, contact 314-630-1677.  We have been teaching Yin style yoga in addition to our regular Vinyasa classes for over ten years!!  Feel good.  Namaste.

 

Reach Your Wellness Goals With Mental Toughness

fitness-332278_640Why is it that sometimes it is easy to reach your wellness goals? But with your next goal? It might seem impossible to achieve the new level of fitness. You are still the same person so why did you manage to succeed last time and bitterly fail this time? Could it be that you were not “mentally tough” when you needed to be? Was your mindset to blame?

Let’s look at the influence of mental toughness has on your goal achievement! Dr. Jim Loehr is an internationally recognized performance psychologist and his book “Mental Toughness Training for Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence” will bring clarity on wellness mastery. In his book, Dr. Loehr defines mental toughness, revealing that it is made up of the following 7 components:

• self-confidence
• attention control
• minimizing negative energy
• increasing positive energy
• maintaining motivation levels
• attitude control
• visual and imagery control

When you look at the list of those 7 important ingredients, you will recognize that controlling your energy is essential to accomplish any physical fitness goals. By controlling and directing your mental and physical energies, you are able to set a habitual course that improves your ability to achieve the physical goals you set.

Does your state of physical health rely mostly on mental toughness? One thing is sure: you need to consciously adopt a healthy lifestyle which over time becomes an unconscious habit in your life. Until the habit is formed you will need to manage and control your energy and motivation levels! And this can be pretty tough on some days, right?

Let’s see 2 examples: Mary and Ann are the same age, same height and weight. They both enjoy a healthy diet. But after work, Mary heads straight for the couch and the remote control. She watches her favorite shows staying up late. Next day she wakes up tired and low on energy and starts the process all over.

Ann practices yoga and goes to the gym at least twice a week. She makes sure that she drinks plenty of water throughout the day. After work she spends time with her family and goes to bed at a decent hour, and gets plenty of sleep. On her lunch break she goes for a walk outside her workplace and even takes office yoga once a week.

Who is going to be in better physical shape: Mary or Ann? Ann is going beyond the easy choice every day. She manages her energy and is working on creating new preferable habits. Her confidence level increases every day and her chance of a long-term success is pretty high.

It is obvious that mental toughness has to be present to some degree for you to reach your physical goals!

Can you just simply sit on your couch and think about the level of physical fitness you want to achieve? If only it was so easy, right? Without taking action nothing will change in your life! You have to adopt the healthy lifestyle, eat right, drink lots of water and get enough sleep. Plus you have to move, keep exercising, practicing yoga or any other physical activity you chose.

Would you like to create a new healthy habit? Take advantage corporate yoga classes offered at your workplace! No office yoga at your company yet? Let’s change this! Please call Michelle at 314-630-1677 so we can create the best on-site yoga program for you and your colleagues!

 

 

Take A Power Nap To Increase Energy

sleep-330869_640Do you feel tired and unmotivated in the afternoons? Wishing you could go home and sleep or go out and breathe fresh air to feel more energized? Trying to increase your alertness by drinking energy drinks or coffee? Oh, and isn’t that the time to get the candy bars out for a quick sugar rush?

You try very hard to avoid falling asleep when actually a short nap could be the solution to this afternoon energy dip.

When was the last time you napped? Taking a few minutes to enter the wonderful world of sleep? Maybe a nice siesta in the afternoon during your vacation?

Did you know that in Japan there are “nap salons” where people can take a short nap on daybeds before they return back to their workplaces? Sounds awesome, right?

Before we talk about “scientific” napping, let me ask you this: What do you think about people who nap? Do you approve? Or do you think that anybody who takes a nap time is just simply too lazy?

Why nap? When you lose concentration as your energy declines during the day, your body would like to get a few minutes to regenerate itself. Also, after having a heavy meal at lunch, your body needs all its energy for digestion so taking a few minutes to nap restores your energy so you can continue with your work.

The power nap is one of the most effective way to rejuvenate your brain power!

There are four main stages of your sleep cycle. The first two are relatively light sleep, while the third brings you into a deep slumber. The final stage known as rapid eye movement (REM) is where most of your dreams begin. The benefits of napping are tied to the length of time in which you are asleep.

During naps 10-20 minutes in length you only have time to enter the first two stages. Your brain begins memory consolidation, in which information you learn is processed. Waking out of these stages has shown benefits including; increased productivity, increased cognitive function, enhanced memory, boosted creativity and most importantly, feeling less tired.

Beyond 30 minutes you enter stage 3 which brings you into deeper sleep. You will experience sleep inertia when awakened in this stage. Because your body is coming out of a deep sleep, motor dexterity is decreased and you can feel grogginess up to 30 minutes.

If you experienced sleep inertia after a nap, you might falsely believe that naps are not good for you when in fact you just napped a bit too long.

If you manage to nap for 90 minutes, your body goes through a whole sleep cycle. It is perfect if you couldn’t get a full night’s sleep. A long nap can improve emotional memory and creativity.

Maybe it is not yet possible to take a power nap at your workplace although there are some forward thinking companies like Apple and Google where napping is allowed. Still you can take advantage of the benefits of a short nap during your vacation and the weekends.

 

5 Minute Breathing at the Office

home-office-336378_640There are many benefits associated with taking five minutes at the office place to breathe deeply.  Let’s explore the topic of breathing a bit further in the office environment.  When we take our breath for granted, most of us as adults tend to breath shallow.

There are many negative side effects to short, shallow upper chest breathing. Our body interprets this kind of breathing for one foot on the gas and one foot on the brakes. When we do not breathe correctly, we tend to have more dominant, intrusive, fearful thoughts.  Simply put, we think too much and become anxious, irritable or depressed. No wonder modern life is still trying to catch up with nature. Computers and globalization still leave us all feeling as if we are wanting something more…

Did you know?  We are breathed correctly as babies!

The importance of utilizing proper breathing not only provides us with oxygen, one of our primary nutrients for all metabolic function. It also allows us to activate the cleansing process in the alveolar sacs which exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide. Each day alone, we get 22,000 breaths and if we placed all the alveolar sacs together: they would take up the size of over half a tennis court. Just by comparison, our skin or largest sensory organ is only 3 square feet by 3 square feet. What a difference!

We had this perfect yogic breath when we were babies! Our whole body expanded as we breathed on an inhale and softened as we exhaled. According to yoga, we are not quite sure why we began breathing incorrectly. Maybe it is our tendency to look outside too much. We do know that we during the course of reaching adulthood, most of us lost have lost the art of deep breathing.

Parasympathetic Nervous System

Using our primary muscles of breathing, we inhale, expanding the abdomen, allowing the diaphragm to release, the lung tissue to expand and the deep, rich oxygenated breaths to flow. The diaphragm muscle has been associated with courage. In yoga, we understand that as a living healthy organism, we must undergo change in order to remain healthy. When we stay connected to our breath, we let life unfold without attaching to results. We circulate the body with life force energy and wire our brain to stay calm, confident and centered right in the center of change.

From the first breath, we feel lighter, more at ease, more connected to our natural vitality and joy. As we exhale, we allow the belly to soften; the diaphragm will lift up back under the heart and push air out of the lungs. Placing our focus on the breath, we practice meditation, we let things fall apart and we stay centered.

The way you know your yoga is progressing is your ability to take on more stress with less effort. True mastery is really living your everyday life sweetly.

For more information on how to train your employees on how to breathe or to bring corporate onsite yoga to your workplace, please contact, Michelle, at 314-630-1677.  Let us help you design a special program for your organization’s unique needs today.

 

 

CEOs Who Believe in Yoga

freeimage-3252307-webYoga’s acceptance in the workplace depends very much on how the management thinks about of this ancient practice.  If the CEO of a company has his/her experience practicing yoga and learned to appreciate its benefits, adding yoga to the corporate wellness offers is easy.

Why do CEOs love yoga?

We found 3 great articles about how yoga changed the perspective of leaders in different industries. Please enjoy the short excerpts and if you found them interesting, please go and read the whole articles.

Yoga has deeply influenced Stanton Kawer’s (CEO and chairman of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide) life.

“I love business. I am passionate about growing companies. Still, I can share that since I started practicing more than two years ago, yoga has profoundly influenced my life in every aspect. It has redefined my sense of self. I have changed as a husband, father, friend and leader.”

“On a personal level yoga has been instructive in helping me redefine my expectations for achievement. Perhaps the most salient lesson I’ve learned is that there are no scorecards to define success. In the yoga studio there are no winners or losers. No umpires. No victory measured against the loss of another. In yoga success emanates from within and is defined by self-mastery.”

“Yoga allows me to carry both equanimity and enthusiasm through my days. Ultimately it has allowed me to be a more effective CEO by making me a happier, healthier and more mindful human being.”

Source: http://www.forbes.com/2011/03/25/yoga-meditation-better-ceo-leadership-managing-kawer.html

Mark Bertolini, chairman and CEO at Aetna had a very personal experience with the healing powers of yoga. After a serious skiing injury he embarked on a journey to heal his body from the damage caused.

His own experiences with nontraditional remedies lead him to start a study to understand the benefits of yoga and mindfulness at the workplace.

“To prove the effectiveness of these practices at work, Aetna collaborated with eMindful and the American Viniyoga Institute to craft a 12-week study, during which Aetna employees practiced alternative techniques to reduce stress as measured by cortisol levels and heart-rate variability.

“When employees are in the highest quintile of stress, their health care costs are $2,000 a year on average higher than the average employee,” he said. “We saw dramatic drops in stress after the program was over, and we saw a 69-minute gain in productivity of our employees over a year,” he added.

The increased productivity along with reduced health-care costs and lowered employee stress yielded an 11-to-1 return on the program’s investments, Bertolini said, which added up to a savings of about $3,000 per employees per year.

“The other part that we couldn’t measure that I think is far more important is being present in the work environment, and by being present making better decisions for the organization and those decisions depending on where you are in the company take a longer time to have an impact, and we’ll see that over time” he added.

Following the study’s success, Aetna has opened up its stress-management programs to the insurance company’s customers and their employees.

Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100569740

Mark Hughes (CEO of C3 Metrics) shares about his experience with practicing yoga and the 3 principles he learned in the process:

“…I was beginning a journey learning more about myself and, surprisingly, more about business than I learned at one of the top ten business schools in the country and 20 years of professional experience.

Here are three things I learned:

1). Embrace Fear to Overcome Fear

“The headstand.  It’s a pose in yoga that few novices relish.  But I envisioned it in my mind, embraced the fear of falling as real, the fear of injury as real, but temporary, and thus overcame that fear.

And with many other poses in yoga, the fear of falling, the fear of making your failure widely known in front of many people is entirely real.  But embracing that fear enables regular people to overcome great adversity in business.  It enabled Richard Branson to create a billion dollar enterprise from a basement.  It enabled Howard Schultz to go from subsidized housing to creating Starbucks.  Achieve power through fear and adversity by embracing it.”

2). Transitions Make or Break You

The tough part is transitioning from one position to that position; that is what makes or breaks you.

Again, this is true in business and in life.  Doing what you’ve been doing isn’t hard.  Transitioning from one position to the next is where failure abounds.

It’s this transition that’s a lot like business. Transitions require planning and execution with intense focus.

If you’re paying attention, planning is the easiest part.  Transitioning from planning to execution is where things make or break you.  Without intense focus, you could slip and lose sight of the end goal.

3). Soul Needs Training

The whole “Namaste” “Ooohhm” aspect of yoga freaked me out.  What I’ve learned, though, is the complete yogi – and the complete CEO – are about positive energy.

Namaste is simply a phrase meaning “the light in me honors the light in you.”  Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, or Hindi, when you examine the phrase Namaste, it’s really about energy.

Like nuclear power, it’s energy that can be used for good or bad.  The amount of positive energy you bring to your office, your call, your meeting, is felt.  This is embodied in your body language, your smile, your gratitude, and gestures like opening a door and saying hi.  When a baby smiles at you, you smile too.  There is no complication in that exchange.  The amount of energy and light you bring reflects on people.  And sometimes that soul energy requires training.

Source: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-things-a-ceo-learned-a-yoga-manifesto/

What is your experience with corporate yoga? What do you learn during your practice that you will be able to use during your workdays? please feel free to share below in the Comments section! We would love to hear from you!
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All You Wanted to Know About Corporate Yoga

10739471_sCorporate yoga classes are proven to add to your business’s revenue and profits.

Offering yoga classes at the workplace has many advantages. You are welcome to browse through our site for research results and different articles on how yoga can support reaching your objectives, let it be a decrease in employee absence due to illness or a better work atmosphere.

In order to make it easier to find the information you are looking for, we put together a list of major topics with all the relevant articles gathered in one place.

Feedback from our corporate yoga students:

On our “Praise” page you will find more than 10 different video testimonials from our happy yoga students from different organizations we work with.

Plus check out the following 2 articles with more feedback:

http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/happy-yoga-corporate-clients-about-st-louis-corporate-yoga/

http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/st-louis-corporate-yoga-clients-feedback/

Corporate yoga program design:

It is our passion to help all companies interested in starting an on-site program to find the perfect arrangement!  We believe that no two organizations are the same so their needs and possibilities vary wildly, too.

We make sure to create the most fitting program for your particular situation. The following articles give insight how we accomplish this goal:

10 reasons to get started today: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/10-reasons-for-a-corporate-on-site-yoga-class-started-today/

Your company’s unique needs: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/st-louis-corporate-yoga-design-program-fits-companys-unique-needs/

One-on-one yoga instruction for executives: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/how-about-one-to-one-yoga-private-for-top-executives/

Benefits of yoga in any organizations:

There is much to be said about the benefits your company and employees will reap as a result of yoga wellness initiatives. We gathered 5 of our most important articles on this subject here:

Yin yoga for corporate: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/how-can-yin-yoga-help-benefit-corporate-yoga-classes/

Stronger bonds among employees: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/yoga-in-the-workplace-produces-stronger-bonds/

Yoga benefits St. Louis companies: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/st-louis-corporate-yoga-benefits-st-louis-corporations/

Finding balance: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/reigniting-balance-in-our-work-life-with-yoga/

High energy, positive results: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/yoga-natural-high-energy-positive-successful-life-results/

Specific health conditions and yoga:

Many symptoms and even full blown health conditions could be partly remedied with including yoga in your life. We selected 5 articles that will give you interesting insights and practical suggestions!

Eye strain, tired eyes: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/eye-strain-remedies/

Diabetes: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/diabetes-and-yoga/

Sitting as a silent killer: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/sitting-is-silently-killing-you/

Better sleep: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/sweet-sleep-for-increased-productivity/

More energy: http://stlouiscorporateyoga.com/need-more-energy/

Important: We advise to consult your doctor before beginning yoga if you suffer from health issues! Please let your yoga teacher know about any health conditions you have so she/he can help you enjoy yoga without any risks.

We understand that you will have very concrete questions about how to integrate corporate yoga offerings into the employee benefits structure of your organization. We would like to invite you to a complimentary consultation so that you have the best chance to have all your questions answered. It is easy to set up a consult with us! Simply call us at 314-630-1677 or email to info at claytonyoga.com to schedule your session. 

We are happy to meet you at your offices, of course to save you precious time.

Please ask about our latest corporate yoga case study! The results speak for themselves and we cannot wait to share them with you.

 

 

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Yoga = Natural High Energy = Positive Successful Life Results

3295083_sYogi’s have known for a long time that our energy levels can facilitiate enlightenment.  We have the ability to boost our own levels of energy.  The key to increasing our energy is to focus on the inside in a loving and positive manner.  Each of us according to the Tibetans is a piece of the divine energy.

Ways to increase our energy are:

  • Daily exercise
  • Eating alkaline-non-processed, non-dairy foods
  • Breathing deeply increasing oxygen rich blood back to our cells
  • Sleeping well consistently
  • Focusing on Gratitude and counting those blessings throughout the day
  • Develop wisdom that our weakness can often become our greatest ally
  • Letting go of judgment and remembering to value our intuition
  • Writing in a Journal
  • Making time for a Friend
  • Pray every morning you wake up

In everyday life, with all modern day complexities and lack of time, it is difficult to remain true to one’s own inner heart.  Yoga trains the mind through stretching to dig deeper, to look on the inside, and find hidden treasures.  Moments that we feel deep inner stillness can offer profound awakenings.  We discover that although there are weaknesses or cravings, we can notice and not take the bait.  Just like an underwater sea diver looking for beautiful coral at the bottom of the ocean, our soul is also searching to develop and heal.

The Buddha taught us that all life is change, temporal and fleeting.  When we attach to outcome and cling, we suffer.  When we let go, and let good, we allow life back in and we become luminous like a star in the night time sky. And in the words of Saint Francis d’ Assisi I wish to seek not so much to be understood, as to understand.

The Shinto Buddists do not meditate as much as they emphasize gratitude.  Through one’s awareness, we come to understand we are never alone, that everything is interdependent.  At my new corporate workplace, because of the constant efforts of my employer, the students who sign up, the room coordinator and the cleaning lady, we are able to enjoy a great yoga class.

Being a professional tennis player taught me that having things in itself is an empty experience.  More important than things, is being able to feel confident in one’s inner nature, to have a gift, to share, to inspire, and motivate pioneering new ways of living peacefully and collectively on this planet.  Now that is one great yoga pose.   Being  willingness to listen and grow from another, have an open mind and a courageous heart all these qualities keeps us energized and young.

Having too many struggles with people, lawsuits, adversity, and bad energy is extremely taxing to our energy body.  Prolonged tension can lead to energy depletion, a cranky mood, and irritability with our friends or much worse, dis-ease in the body.

In order to make the jump into a new paradigm, the desire must come from within.  If we are filling our holes or insecurity with a ‘quick fix’, that won’t do.   Before we embark upon the change for self-improvement, we must get clear as to why we wish to change.

Are we motivated by joy or by guilt?  Our deeper reasons for action provide us with how we shape our tomorrow.  Use your breath every day, witness your energy levels when they lower, and do not panic.  You newfound muscle of awareness will provide you with objectivity, neutrality and great inner strength.  Once you can bow to your inner critic, your tapestry of love will expand into the light and finding deeper meaning and purpose in life again…

 

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How Can Yin Yoga Help Benefit Corporate Yoga Classes?

10000223_sYin Yoga is a unique style of yoga that emphasizes relaxation while promoting optimal mind-body functioning. The emphasis is on holding poses for long periods of time while relaxing the muscles of the body.

Up until recently, doctors believed that it was not wise to put pressure or to exercise the joints, believing joints would only wear out.  Yin is comprised of weight bearing postures placed on the joints.  This opens the deep connective tissue and strengthens our joints. Yin Yoga postures work the deepest layers of tension often located from the top of the knee to base of rib cage. Movement in upper back or head can be kept relaxed and at ease.

Although traditional western medicine has been skeptical about the existence of energy pathways, according to Chinese medicine there has been a great deal of research proving the beneficial flow of ‘chi‘ or energy throughout our meridians.

The connective tissue of our body throughout our body act as a conduit for the flow of energy through the meridians. By activating the connective tissues it may be possible to directly stimulate the meridians and this can profoundly affect health in a positive way.

Yin Yoga is very similar to acupuncture and works with the meridians or energy lines of our body. Additionally, placing our body into particular postures sends electrical currents back to the internal organs which in turn help to promote overall long term health and healing.

For the self-aware practitioner, this can provide another aspect of practice where by specific postures are selected to support the health of particular organs or to even rebalance disruptive emotional states.  For example in traditional Chinese medicine, the health of the liver and gallbladder is associated with emotions such as anger and frustration. By practicing yin yoga poses such as swan and dragonfly the flow of energy through the liver and gallbladder meridians can be enhanced and the practitioner may find relief from these imbalances.

Yin Yoga can also challenge yoga practitioners in a unique way whereby the long hold times can often produce a sense of ease with what is uncomfortable.  Yin Yoga can foster an increased awareness of the deeper aspects of our selves as they rise to the surface to be confronted.

Yin Yoga allows us to draw our attention towards the internal phenomenon within us so that we are able to come closer to maintaining awareness of the subtle flow of energy. We may become awakened to the way we store tensions within the body and as we release the physical pressure, we allow and let go of the cellular memories and can gain access to an enhanced sense of clarity.

This facet of the yin practice, is especially useful for those who sit all day at their desk.   In addition to the sense of quietude that can be experienced during a Yin Yoga session, these wonderful postures can also result in quite intense and illuminating occurrences that are invaluable for those seeking personal and spiritual growth.

Let’s create a unique yoga program for your company’s individual needs, please contact us at info@claytonyoga.com or 314-630-1677.

 
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Need More Energy?

11448528_sLate winter is the time that many people complain about having very little energy to go through the day. No wonder … after the winter, our bodies are depleted and usually low on some vitamins and minerals. And we all feel the impact… some days seem to drag on for too long, we don’t feel productive at all and struggling with taking action. Getting stuff done seems to be just wishful thinking on some days.

A few easy tips to increase your energy in the spring time:

  1. Go outside, walk and breath in the spring air! Go on a walk during your lunch hour instead of shopping. Stop and look at the beauty of spring, breathe in the smell of new life. Feast your eyes on the energizing colors around you.
  2. Pay attention that you get enough sleep. You might need a bit more at this time of the year so try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every day. If you feel very tired and under pressure but have to finish a project, it might make more sense to get some zzzzzz before you attempt to continue working. Yes, this sounds counter intuitive as you feel that you are losing valuable time, but you can abuse your body only to a certain extent….
  3. Let citrus fruits brighten your day. Sniffing at oranges or lemons will make you more alert. Of course eat them, too. Let the peel sit on your desk for a continued dose of lingering scent.
  4. Elevate your mood with essential oils. With low energy levels, the chance to feel depressed, hopeless and inactive grows. Turn to pure scents to gently increase your capacity for joy. Peppermint, rosemary, basil, pink grapefruit, orange, ginger, lemon and lemongrass are just a few of the natural oils that can work wonders for your mood.
  5. Enjoy a handful of raw nuts every day. Cashews, almonds and hazelnuts… full with magnesium goodness will help you get an energy boost without the sugar.
  6. Add color to your life for a better mood. Yellow, orange, red, vibrant blue and green – colors influence our lives. Leave those dark winter colors behind and let your home and office get a makeover. Just adding a few strong accents of color will have a huge impact on your energy levels.
  7. Feeling dead tired? You might be dehydrated without even noticing it. To really understand how much water you drink, get a water bottle, fill it up and keep track of how many bottles you finish per day. Most people get less water than they need to function properly. Your brain needs water so if you need your brain working properly… go and get a glass of water now.
  8. Begin practicing yoga! If you are lucky to have on-site yoga classes at your company, definitely take advantage of those. No corporate yoga classes yet at your workplace? St. Louis Corporate Yoga can help your company to build the best yoga course for your colleagues and employees. All you need to do is to connect with us through our contact page or give us a call at 314-630-1677.

Let’s get you energized!

 

 

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Do you Live in a Friendly World or a Hostile One?

Have you noticed when you have more energy, you are more inspired and get more done?  You have happier thoughts, are in a better mood and find more creative new ideas?

Albert Einstein once said that whether you live in a friendly or hostile world was the most important question of our time.

I used to look outside and wait for others to be kind.  Guess what?  I was spell casted into believing that someone else would one day bring me my happiness.  As I practiced and taught more yoga, and opened up more about my true feelings of inferiority, I found that more people were drawn to me and inspired by my willingness to be authentic.  I realized that right in the middle of our stressors, it is possible to pause, and come back to my center, to discover the creativity, vitality and wisdom within.

And wow, did I attract lots of business, new clientele and have lots of energy.  No longer content with waiting for other people to change, I wanted to learn the tools to do that myself.  And I discovered many cool things changing in the workplace too!

In 2001, when I began teaching corporate on-site wellness, to be honest, I really did not have much idea about what I was doing except I had faith.  I believed that what I was teaching would one day bring about fantastic results and 10 years later after teaching 2,000 corporate yoga classes and training yoga instructors around the world, I believe that came true.

Since practicing yoga, I am lighter on myself and can even laugh at my own imperfections and weaknesses more somehow, just knowing, that is where the light is.  For example, I am a terrible driver; I just don’t enjoy being behind the wheel and going places, except for the good music that sometimes plays on the radio.  I also am not a very good cook.  Despite many halfhearted attempts, and with a very busy teaching schedule, my cooking over the past ten years has not changed very much.  But all of that is okay.  In fact that leaves lots of room to enjoy and collaborate with the strengths of others.

Enjoy another great corporate yoga video celebrating 10 years of success for St. Louis Corporate Yoga (Clayton Yoga Studio).

With the practice of daily breathing, I have the increased energy, and perspective to go past the daily dramas and labeling and evaluation of everything and just be in a state of gratitude and wonderment.  It is there that I understand how to prioritize better, laugh more and just lighten up!  As I do that I recover my spirit, feel even more energy and thank the sky, the sun, the moon, and these cycles that are teaching us, anyone can do yoga, anyone can experience profound love and anyone can fly!

Would you like to get more details on getting yoga classes started at your company?  Feel free to contact us at St. Louis Corporate Yoga  or call us at 314-630-1677 and get your corporate on-site wellness class started today!

 

 

 

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