Yoga in the Workplace

If you work a high paced 9-5, there will be times when you are tired, running too many directions, feeling scattered and stressed.  During these times, many of us find time for a coffee break.  This often contains or is combined with high sugar, which is an energetic recipe for disaster.  This is a roller coaster that can lead to exhaustion.   

As an alternative, try incorporating a yoga or meditation break into your day.  I literally go into the room that houses our computer equipment and take a few poses when I'm feeling out of balance.  Here are a few ideas to try.

1.  Breath meditation for anger

If you have a coworker who is having an angry moment, it can be easy to meet anger with anger.  A quick 5 minute breath centered meditation can be the perfect cure.  Instead of building on someone else's negative energy, finding a grounded center will benefit yourself & those around you.

2.  Inversions for a tired, dragging feeling

Ever notice how a well placed inversion like handstand, headstand, or legs up the wall can change your whole mood?  It works when you're outside of yoga class too!  You may have to be creative to find a space, but I find that a large storage room works perfectly.

 3. Gentle backbends for tight shoulders

If you have a job that involves a computer or driving, chances are that you'll notice rounded shoulders.  Gentle backbends or seated cat/cow pose are a great remedy.  They can open the front of the body, move the shoulders back, and release tension in the spine.

These are just a few ideas that I have used in my personal life.  Do you have a need for an additional yogic cure to workplace imbalance?  Maybe you have a favorite solution that you'd like to share in the comments section.  I'd love to hear from you!