While the benefits of yoga are well-researched and widely accepted, many people find it difficult to incorporate it into their busy daily lives. While the people who could benefit most from the exercises are those that lead the most hectic and stressful lives, these are the people who will never find a spare half an hour to truly appreciate the practice.
Yoga, and Pilates, are two highly regarded types of exercise. While yoga focuses on breathing control, meditation and a range of specific poses, Pilates works on strength, flexibility and posture. However, both are often used in stress management and for overall wellbeing.
To really appreciate the benefits of either practice, they must be done regularly, and this is where the problem is for modern-day business people. Luckily there is a way to incorporate some yoga principles into your work life.
The answer is Desk Yoga
We all know that sitting at a desk staring at a computer is bad for you. It is likely to create hunched shoulders, a sore lower back, a spread bottom and mental tiredness. Your hips can be thrown off balance and you might suffer with migraines, a sore neck or bad wrists.
Taking a few moments each day to practice some yoga moves while sat at your desk means you don’t have to break concentration and may actually help you to become refocused and re-motivated so that the work gets done quicker. You will find you feel more comfortable in your seat, and you will be less prone to repetitive strain injury which can have a serious effect on both your work and home life. They may even help to slightly tone certain areas of the body so that you don’t have to feel guilty about never having time to get to the gym.
If you are having a particularly stressful day at work, a little bit of desk yoga can ensure it doesn’t distract you from other work projects or your home life. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to productivity is negative thoughts inside our own head. Whether you are feeling pressured by the boss, or you have a particularly demanding supplier, or maybe you just feel stressed by thinking about all the things you have to do when you leave the office, taking some time to readjust your mind-set through yoga can give you the boost you need to tackle all your problems/demands and get them done with a smile on your face.
Even if you think you are really good at dealing with stressful situations, and thrive on pressure, you may find you are prone to catching colds or severe headaches. That’s because high-stress levels can have an impact on the immune system which can have a knock-on effect later on. Yoga helps to keep all body systems in good working order, including the immune, mental and digestive system. If all of these are working as they should be, you can continue to shine in the workplace.
Taking part in a desk yoga workshop can give you the tools you need to change the way you feel in your office. There is no doubt that yoga can change your life for the better.