“I’m working all the hours god sends – I have no time for yoga …”
No time for yoga… Does that sound familiar to you? Now whether you are a busy bee working long long hours or a yoga teacher who wants more commitment from your students and clients – we all know that without our health – all that business is worthless!
Doing yoga at your desk is one way to add it into your life… And the following is what I consistently (and it feels like constantly!) hear people say to me as a yoga teacher regarding holding yoga classes in their workplace.
1. I’m way too busy to leave my desk, I have no time for yoga
Really? Are you that important that your company will collapse entirely if you leave your desk for an hour? I understand some of us have demanding jobs and it feels really difficult to leave our computers for any length of time. However, why sit there cramming sushi or a sandwich into your
mouth, staring goggle-eyed at the screen, whilst dropping food onto your keyboard? I bet your company won’t thank or appreciate you any more for it. We’re all entitled to a lunch break – so take one!
2. I’m not flexible & I have no time for yoga
Me neither. Okay I am more flexible now that I was say ten years ago but I’m not a naturally flexible person. As a child I did calisthenics for five years and I was always the only one who couldn’t fold forward low enough to get my head onto my knee, my chest and ear to the floor and as for the splits – forget about it.
My point is that you don’t NEED flexibility to practice yoga. Sure one of the benefits of a regular practice is increased flexibility but if you can move your arms and legs you’ll be fine!
3. I run or go to the gym for exercise & I have no time for yoga
Fabulous; I’m all for exercise and improving your cardio strength. This doesn’t mean you can’t practice yoga as well. Yoga strengthens your core, improves joint mobility and stretches and lengthens you all over which is likely to help your body lift weights at the gym and run any length of distance.
4. I don’t want my colleagues to see my butt up close & I have no time for yoga
Fair enough. We see our colleagues dressed smartly and professionally at work and don’t really need to see them in lycra or shorts. Be kind to your co-workers by wearing something loose, comfortable and modest to class and set your mat down at the back of the room. I find that people are generally more focused on themselves and moving their own bodies in and out of poses anyway.
5. Our workplace doesn’t have the space & I have no time for yoga
At Corporate Yoga London we provide session where you can learn and practice yoga at your desk! Check out more about our classes here.
Unless your office is like an animal factory farm, you probably have a bit of free space somewhere in your building or on your floor – plus you really only need enough space to move your body 360 degrees. This may mean getting a little creative with finding and using the space or moving some furniture out the way but this is usually all possible.
Here are just some of the spaces that I’ve taught corporate yoga classes in:
Meeting rooms where we’ve moved the table and chairs to the back or side
Board rooms where the table cannot be moved so we just moved the chairs and practiced around the table Under trees outside in a park whilst dodging bird droppings and swatting flies
A warehouse full of clothing racks, fabric swatches and mannequins
6. Our company’s not insured to hold yoga classes
This one seems like a legal minefield but actually it’s really simple. Guess what? Yoga teachers have their own insurance. Generally speaking, they are usually insured wherever they teach – whether it’s in their own yoga studio, in your office or meeting room or in a gym.
Give yourself permission to take a lunch break
Honour yourself by taking a lunch break and while you’re at it – give yourself the gift of yoga. Your boss will appreciate your increased productivity and more importantly you’ll replace stress and tiredness with being calm, relaxed and focused.
Yoga at your desk.
Yoga at your desk – each employee has a set of techniques that they can use at their desk, at pre-determined times they will spend 1-2 minutes on simple and effective yogic tools to energise and motivate then throughout the day. This prevents the body and the mind from becoming dull and inflexible after hours working at the desk.
Regular Yoga classes run at your place of work. (arranged at a time to suit you and your business). Click here to find out more.
Workshops and masterclasses, take place at various location around the City or in your place of work. Click here to find out more.
Private 1-2-1 personal yoga training, get your own Yoga Prescription, personalised for your specific needs and reviewed regularly. Regular reviews can be done using Skype or Zoom. Click here to find out more.)
At the end of your personal yoga training session, you will receive your Personal Yoga Presription – a customized package, containing pictures, audio and if requested video files that give you step by step instructions for each pose you practice, detailing the benefits and precautions for each part of your personal yoga prescription, and other information such as mindfulness techniques or instructions for breathing practices.
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This blog is inspired from reading a brilliant article by Jemma Newcombe who started up three clouds yoga and teaches yoga and meditation to the corporate sector in Melbourne Australia.