Pause & Pose for Better Health

Jun 20, 2016 10:32:03 AM

Yoga at Work

Be more productive and healthier in just 20 minutes a day. No gym required.

Even though yoga has been around for 5,000 years, it has grown in recent popularity. And for very good reason. It used to be that scientific studies proving the benefits of yoga were scarce and unaccepted. That isn’t the case anymore. Research is more prevalent, proving that yoga is an effective way to improve both physical and mental health.Workout fads come and go, but no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. What makes it even more popular is that anyone of any age can do it. Dogs are even known to do “doga.”

Yoga is a total mind and body workout. While strengthening muscles, it helps to relax the mind. There are many styles of yoga ranging from fast paced and intense to gentle and relaxing.

Here are some of the more popular styles:

Hatha. The form most often associated with yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing.

Vinyasa. A series of poses that flow smoothly into one another.

Power. A faster, higher-intensity practice that builds muscle.

Ashtanga. A series of poses, combined with a special breathing technique.

Bikram. Also known as "hot yoga," it's a series of 26 challenging poses performed in a room heated to a high temperature.

Iyengar. A type of yoga that uses props like blocks, straps, and chairs to help you move your body into the proper alignment.


Tip: If you are new to yoga, try a few different studios, teachers and styles. This way you’ll find a style and teacher that resonate with you!

Most people begin with hatha yoga – it’s the most popular, and it’s good for beginners because of its slow pace.

Another benefit of yoga is that it can be practiced almost anywhere. Its only equipment requirement is a mat, and even that is not mandatory. Just 20 minutes of yoga practice is enough to reap exercise benefits. This fact alone makes yoga a popular option for workplace exercise.

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20 Minutes of Yoga at Work

yoga_at_work_on_desk.jpgStudies have shown that just 20 minutes of yoga followed by conscious breathing and meditation can improve concentration and memory.

By taking time out of your day to practice yoga, you can return to your tasks with a fresh mind and even be able to focus better and process information more quickly.

 

 

Some of the many health benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved posture
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Increased immunity
  • More focused
  • More relaxed

Yoga can be done at home, in a studio, at work, at the beach, at a park or just about anywhere. There are even yoga apps that can be downloaded to your phone! The key to yoga is practice – it is not about what you do but how you do it. Find a quiet place at the office and give yourself 20 minutes to sync in with your body and mind.

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