Well-being for your team, benefits for everyone.

Bringing corporate wellbeing in the workplace is trendy, but what exactly are you getting out of it? Will your employees benefit from what you want to share with them? For instance, will this corporate yoga session relax your whole team and let them apprehend any future situation with calm and ease? For some, yes. For others, the learning will be elsewhere.

From what we could observe from the REAL LIFE YOGA corporate sessions and workshops we hold at companies, each employee is different and therefore has different needs to be addressed and met through the methods we share. In most lunchtime sessions for instance (unless the session is tailored to specific methods in agreement with the company), we will guide the participants through a selection of breathing techniques, useful stretches to be done at the desk with normal clothes and additional moves to strengthen or release physical stress from specific body parts. Hence, in a session demonstrating a given set of exercises, everyone will take its own key learning. One person will be surprised to realise that she could calm down much more than she ever thought by using her breath. Another will feel his tension in the upper back lessen as he moves and stretches for some minutes. You will find more examples of benefits and direct feedbacks from our clients here.

This diversity of instant benefits is the reality of all workplaces today and of more broadly of our own singularity. Accordingly, companies can be sure that their employees will set their natural focus on what they need the most on that day. This makes wellbeing at work, a valuable and highly versatile element to bring to your team, as it will bring its results in the exactly the right form to each person.

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How to get your resolutions back on track?

Time has come to take our resolutions for next year. Whether you believe you will hold on to them or not, they are for sure a good opportunity to think and reflect on what serves us in our lives and what we could instead do better and differently in the future. Let’s dive into this with a concrete example, my blog posts.

As you know, I have started a 100-day blog challenge in September, which by now should be over and completed. The fact is: it isn’t. Why? Because I have let other matters that seemed more urgent or important get me sidetracked from my initial goal. What do I do now with this initial commitment and how do I move further with a resolution that I once took and dropped?

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Step 1: understand what did not work.

When I started my 100-day blog challenge, I decided at the same time to wake up at 5am every morning to write because this is when my writing juice is at its peak. The issue with this is that life, late nights and sleep depravation took over. My "writing challenge" was bound to my other and actually bigger "early bird challenge", which made it difficult if not unrealistic to sustain both of them over months. 

Step 2: remember why I took the commitment.

What is my motivation behind writing blog articles? Why does it matter so much that I want to carry it out? What I understood in the process of writing blog articles regularly is that I had way more to tell than I initially thought. I could allow myself to be authentic, to share my knowledge, reflections and inputs in a way that I enjoy particularly and that I want to get better at: writing. Plus it is a good exercise to articulate thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Not to forget that it is a valuable reminder of my big WHY, it reminds me day after day why I started REAL LIFE YOGA, why it matters to me so much to help professionals be conscious of their health, of their emotional and psychological states of being at work. And this is worth taking my blog articles seriously, with generosity, curiosity and passion.

Step 3: reframe my initial goal.

Learning from this first experience, I know that writing blog articles is a goal on its own and that each article matters far more than the frequency of my writing. So without adding up other imperatives to it such as the 5 am alarm clock or the daily rhythm, I choose to reframe my writing goal as follows: 100 blog articles for 2019. To keep good track of my progress, I will number them and to be completely honest with myself, I will start from zero again, this article being number one.

Step 4: start again.

Here we are, starting to write again with this article marking the fresh start of my blog-writing adventure. 

I hope this inspires you to give your goals and resolutions for 2019 a fair and honest try. Even if you once abandoned or found excuses not to stick to them, take a moment and the courage to face them. Ask yourself what worked and what did not, remind yourself why you started in the first place and what value does it bring to your life. Once you are clear about this and ready, give yourself a good pat on the shoulder, breathe deeply and give it a great start!


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Engagement and productivity at work, why awareness matters.

I had the pleasure to co-host an event with Aurélie Litynski, dear fellow french entrepreneur and founder of Happitude at work. And while we shared our tips and experience on how to improve productivity, health and talent retention in today’s businesses, I was humbled to notice that once again, awareness plays a major role when it comes to bringing positive and necessary changes to corporations.

Awareness allows you to ask the right questions.

Is your team not performing well? Are your goals not being met? Start asking your team why - not to judge nor to complain - but with the curiosity to listen, to understand and to find solutions. How do they feel about their project or the atmosphere in the team? Do they feel that their opinion matters, do they sense that their needs are being met? Did they ever asked themselves the question: why do I, as a team member, feel disengaged on this project or in this meeting? What is it that I need in order for me to give my best? Why do I feel tense in my body and keep calling sick more than I ever did? Creating a safe space for your team and each individual to ask questions, to express themselves and to explore within them is the starting point to finding solutions that can be carried out with engagement and intrinsic motivation.

Where to start?

At REAL LIFE YOGA, we are convinced that awareness is the base for the well-being and productivity of your employees at work but also in their daily life. And because all you need, in order to become more aware, is to breathe and move consciously, it is accessible to everyone. Directly at your desk, while you work and without having to change clothes or to roll out a mat. You can learn to use your breath and simple movements to become aware and to improve the way you feel, be it on a physical, psychological or emotional level. 

Are you ready to start next year with better habits for your team in terms of health prevention, stress management, motivation and productivity? Then make sure you check our NEW YEAR specials! As a workshop at your company or as a shorter session to include to your team event or meeting, we will help you bring more awareness in the way you work and make 2019 a wonderful, stress-proof and healthy year.

Book before December 30th online, set up the date with us for January 2019 and benefit from an immediate discount on your order. 

From yoga videos to your best resolutions.

Last week, REAL LIFE YOGA was at the Birdhaus, a wonderful social club, co-working, and event space for women in Zurich. And this time we did not give a session but recorded our best tips and methods exclusively for their members. So that as Michelle Gasparovic - founder of the Birdhaus - explained, they can be their best and healthiest self while working on their project! Now, what are these recorded tips all about?

From all the methods, breathing techniques and simple moves that we use in our REAL LIFE YOGA coaching & sessions, we chose our favourites to create short corporate wellness breaks on screen.

Why have yoga inspired methods in video? Because you can use any of these directly at your desk, with your normal clothes on and just in a few minutes, whenever you decide. For instance if want to feel more relaxed, energetic, focused or productive. Whatever you need right in that moment, there is the right series of short & accessible exercises for you.

There is the stress manager. This series will help you calm down and clear the fog in your mind, when you feel overwhelmed and that you need to think straight.

The tension release will give you a quick posture check so that you know what it is like to sit straighter and healthier at your desk. Hunched back and tensions in the neck & shoulders, goodbye!

The energy boost will help you get your motivation, alertness and focus back on track. This is a real effectiveness and to-do list pleaser that will allow you to wake up from the deepest midday slumber and to keep making the most of your day.

To experience these series directly at the Birdhaus, on screen or in live sessions (stay tuned for more info on these), make sure you visit!

Michelle, founder of the Birdhaus (on the left) welcomes us to share the real life yoga methods with their members, on screen and in live,

Michelle, founder of the Birdhaus (on the left) welcomes us to share the real life yoga methods with their members, on screen and in live,

For more tips and videos to help you be at your best in business and in your daily life, subscribe to the REAL LIFE YOGA Youtube channel.

And if you wish to give your team the best resolutions in terms of health prevention, stress management, motivation and productivity, have a look at our NEW YEAR specials! As a workshop at your company or as an event session to include to your team event or meeting, we will help you make 2019 a wonderful, stress-proof and healthy year.

Book before December 30th online, set up the date with us for January 2019 and benefit from an immediate discount on your order. 

Setting new habits: befriending stress and learning to leave it out.

In our previous article, we invited you to reflect on how you have been dealing with stress this year. Slowly reaching for the end of the year and aiming at staying healthy if not becoming even healthier than we have been so far, let’s bring our attention to the stress response itself. Although we give stress all the bad names, it is a helpful and necessary process which is worth understanding better. As for everything, it gets easier once we become aware of it and can adopt a more balance approach towards it. Here is how to get there.

The habit to quit: maintaining the stress levels high.

For those who were still doubting this, stress is in itself a healthy physiological response that helps us run away from danger and be ready & alert for action when we need it. And as nature always looks for balance, phases of stress are usually (or at least should) be limited in time and counter-balanced with phases or rest and relaxation. Actually, what a wonderful thing! The issue with this though, is that if we maintain this state of stress constantly turned on by getting ourselves all busy and overwhelmed, by engaging with negative and judgemental self-talk, and by forcing ourselves to achieve always higher goals even in our free time, we never give our system a chance to rest. And this is not the fault of stress itself, it is how we choose to interact with it, how we maintain it at a constant high level through our behavioural and thought patterns that ultimately depletes us from energy and prevents us from recovering.

The habit to adopt: allowing for a balanced stress response.

Our body needs moments of calm in order to be fully operational. Just as our mind needs to wind down every now and then to allow us to focus when we have to, our body too needs rest, care and stillness. And because body and mind are intimately connected, being stressed and tensed mentally ultimately impacts the way we breathe and physiologically maintain our stress response on, preventing our body from recovering in between. So let’s cut ourself some slack and aim to give our body, together with our mind, moments of true and well-deserved rest, as mindfully and as often as possible. It can be a break or a short walk through the office every hour or 30 min. A moment to breathe, a minute to stretch.

Are you ready to manage stress more consciously and effectively in the year to come? Then you are all set to get the good habits going, feeling more empowered, resilient, in control and calmer, no matter what comes your way. Make sure to check our NEW YEAR specials, as a workshop at your company or as an event session to include to your team event or meeting.

Book before December 30th online, set up the date with us for January 2019 and benefit from an immediate discount on your order. We look forward to helping you make 2019 a wonderful, stress-proof and productive year.

And for tips that you can start using straight away, check our online videos on our Youtube channel.

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