Yoga in the Workplace (week #1)

I have already broken my New Year’s resolution and did not blog last week.  That means that this week I will be posting 2 blogs to catch up…

This past weekend I had yoga on my mind… I will be back to teaching yoga at work this week for my co-workers (800 employees) and I had to start thinking about my sequences.  The biggest challenge is that the classes will be 30 minutes long (during lunch breaks), since I am no longer able to stay after work due to picking up the baby from day care.  But I think that this will also be a great opportunity for more people to be exposed to yoga in the workplace.  This week we will start off with a very gentle practice because I don’t want to scare away any new students.  I’m actually going to try doing a little bit of Kundalini mixed with my regular style.  According to Wikipedia, Practitioners call Kundalini yoga, the yoga of awareness.  It is based on active exercises, pranayama (breath), and meditation to release Kundalini energy and the activation of energy through the chakras (focal points for the reception and transmission of energies).

I took my first Kundalini class this weekend and was amazed at how challenging it was…  To be honest, my yoga practice over the past 6-months has pretty much been dwindled down to only meditation.  I take small moments of my day to reflect on my life and what I am grateful for (which is so much these days!)  Having a baby has changed my life in so many ways.  My favorite meditation time is when I do baby massage with Bode.  We listen to soothing music and both he and I relax/reflect as we bond during this time.  I have to say it is one of my favorite times of the day (just before bedtime).  I’ll talk more about this subject in a future blog…  This Kundalini class happened to be one of the first classes I had taken for myself in a long time.  I found the link between breath (pranayama) and movement (asana) energizing and awakening.  I walked out of this class feeling confident and empowered.  These are 2 things that I want my students to feel this week when I teach.  I’ll let you know later this week how my first class back went!

Namaste

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