Not only does practicing yoga have countless benefits, but getting to de-stress during the workday . . . well, who doesn’t need that? Written by our very own yoga champion, read on to find out how Lailan Bressler is bringing yoga to life during the MBB workweek.
BRINGING YOGA TO THE WORKPLACE
When our yoga instructor asked us to lie on our backs with our eyes closed, my husband, Phil Bressler, reached over, gave my hand a little squeeze and whispered, “You’re doing it. It’s actually happening.” And it was – our first yoga class at MBB! I was over the moon with happiness.
I have been practicing yoga on my own for over ten years and have definitely experienced the benefits in my life. I desperately wanted to share the benefits with my coworkers at MBB, especially after reading numerous articles about how major companies like Chase Manhattan Bank, Forbes, HBO, GE, Nike, Apple, and Google were incorporating yoga classes into their work days.
According to Kreg Weiss, BHKin, the benefits of yoga in the workplace are numerous. Yoga:
- teaches individual stress management;
- improves the immune system and overall health, resulting in decreased absenteeism and sickness levels;
- increases productivity, motivation, and work performance;
- improves decision making and creativity;
- increases energy, mental alertness, and clarity;
- improves stamina;
- improves morale, job satisfaction, and positive thinking patterns;
- improves memory, focus and concentration;
- reduces muscle tension and pain due to sedentary working positions;
- improves flexibility and physical strength;
- improves breathing;
- decreases headaches; and
- improves confidence.
Based on these benefits, I decided to try to make yoga happen at MBB. Serendipitously, I also learned of a woman who had just completed her yoga teacher-training certificate, and who also happened to work across the street from MBB at Sprint. Her name is Laura Klover, and she was eager to build her teaching experience and understood our needs at MBB.
Laura developed a yoga class that is perfect for the workplace called ER 20 (Energize and Restore in 20 minutes). She comes to MBB every Tuesday and Thursday at noon and provides a mini yoga class open to anyone at the agency. The 20-minute class time still enables MBBers to grab lunch, run errands, or even go for a little walk or run outside.
Wellness is critical to life itself, and we’re excited to do our part here at MBB. Yoga is just a part of the overall plan, but it seems to be a popular and beneficial activity for MBBers across the agency.
For now, Namaste.