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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Why showers are not needed in your office.

While presenting the REAL LIFE YOGA sessions for a Leadership workshop, I was explaining how easily our office-yoga sessions could be included right before the start of a full-day program. Yet, the point that stroke me again as a key benefit for my prospect was not the one I expected: it was the “no-need-for-shower”!

I keep repeating this over and over again: "with our yoga methods adapted to the workplace and to any meeting or conference settings, there is no need to roll out yoga mats, no need to change clothes, not even to take a shower afterwards”. And this is, I believe, a pillar of corporate yoga as most of the time still, companies and event venues do not provide the infrastructure for physical workouts. And even if well-being measures at work are rightly so increasing, it is not necessary nor possible for every company to turn their workspace into a gym. So yes, it is logical to adapt the exercises to these places. And even more so, it is necessary to provide companies with services that respect their teams’ busy agenda. With services that make it, not only possible but, easier for them to experience the benefits of their session. Without adding more stress for taking time off lunch break or adding another rush between the meetings, the phone calls and the yoga session.

If well-being measures at work are increasing, it is not possible for every company to turn their workspace into a gym.

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If we are here to help business professionals manage their stress better, remove mental clutter and be in control of their emotions and their time, we shall do this from the start. From the very way we conceive and provide this service in their professional environment: truly integrated in real life and literally “off the mat”.  

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Stress management & productivity at your desk: on awareness (part 3).

All we need to start living a more sustainable and empowered business life is to breathe and to move consciously, and this can only happen if you are aware of it. To wrap up our series of articles following our interview on CNNMoney Switzerland last week, we will show you how and why awareness is the base of everything, from wellbeing to productivity including stress management.

It all starts with awareness.

Whether you are using your breath or learning to move consciously at your desk, everything starts with awareness. This means being aware of your body, of your state of mind and of your current mood or energy level. Unlike what we may think at first, awareness is actually simple to develop and to use every single day in our business and personal lives, while we work, commute, sit, walk or stand up. And REAL LIFE YOGA gives you exactly the right methods for that, wherever you are, online or directly at your desk and only in a few minutes.

Awareness is simple to develop and to use every single day in our business and personal lives.

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Awareness, your new favourite business perk.

By being aware and acting directly on how our body feels and how our breath flows, not only are we helping our body release physical tensions and our nervous system respond accordingly to what we need, but we can boost our psychological and emotional well-being. As we become more aware in our corporate environment, we can start to actively take care of our self while we work and this makes us feel empowered and more positive about ourselves. From a state of being stressed and overworked, we can choose and make the change to a state in which we feel safe, conscious and in control of our well-being and this brings us to a major shift in the way we work and live our business life.

How to start bringing more awareness, step by step into your busy life?

Simply taking a minute every now and then to tune in, observing your breath and listening to your body. It is simple, takes only a minute and does not require you to go anywhere or to change clothes, so you may just as well try it right away, really. For more information about how being aware can empower your life, read on this article: The power of awareness & how to start using it today.


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Stress management & productivity at your desk: on breathing (part 1).

All we need to start living a more sustainable and empowered business life is to breathe and to move consciously, with calm and awareness. This is what I demonstrated on CNNMoney Switzerland with Ana Maria Montego last week. And as simple as it might sound, breathing, moving and being aware of your self while you work and as you go through the day, will considerably improve your life on a physical, psychological and emotional level. This is what we help you with at REAL LIFE YOGA and today we will look at what makes breathing so powerful, giving you a first simple method to get you started.

Breathe to trigger your nervous system.

From all the physiological functions regulated by our autonomous nervous system, breathing is the only one that we can actively change to impact other autonomic functions such as our heart rate, and our mood. And because breathing allows us to switch on and switch off on command the para-sympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, we have direct control over our physiological response to any stimuli and situations around us. How powerful is that! 

From all the physiological functions regulated by our autonomous nervous system, breathing is the only one that we can actively change to impact other autonomic functions and our mood.

Do you need to calm down before giving a speech? 

Then breathe through the left nostril (closing the right one with your right thumb, to switch on the para-sympathetic nervous system, which will trigger the relaxation response. 

When you need to relax, all you need is to breathe through the left.

When you need to relax, all you need is to breathe through the left.

Do you need to power up for your big day? 

Then breathe through the right nostril (closing the left with your right ring finger) to activate the sympathetic nervous system and release hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline in your body that will get you alert and ready for action.

For more tips and videos to help you be at your best in business life, check our Youtube channel and our website.

Source: The Science of Breathing, Yoga Journal, 2015.

Change does not happen in workshops, not even after.

Are you looking for the next workshop or program to get your team enrolled in, hoping that this will bring your people through a major shift and successful learning experience for your business? Well I am sorry to tell you this, but no matter the workshop it will not quite get you there. Why? This is what I am sharing with you today.

Among the many inspirational insights I received at the Hacking HR event in Zurich last week, there is another one I wanted to share with you and it is about learning. Or rather unlearning. So-Young Kang, Chief Energizer at gnowbe, a mobile first platform for micro-learning, got us to face this appalling fact: according to adult learning research, you will forget what you have learned even in the best and most insightfully life changing workshop after 2,5 days. Well, this is worth investing premiums in programs for your top executives, isn’t it?

The solution to this is simple: to actually retain the valuable information and knowledge we have gathered until we can proudly say we have made it our own, we need to learn, to think, to apply, to share and to have fun. Naturally, this requires a little bit of commitment and motivation if you are going to spend the time to apply these new skills and share them with others in order to integrate them. But since fun shall be part of the process too and that a few minutes every now and then will do the job for you, it is even better and easier to learn that way. And this is exactly what you can do with gnowbe. The micro-learning content has been developed for your phone primarily, so it is always accessible for you to use anytime and anywhere you are. We all know how much time we spend on these devices so why not use them to learn something new while we are at it?

On top of agreeing completely with these insightful findings that are supported by research, I also realised that this is exactly what I was implementing with the REAL LIFE YOGA coaching for business and private clients. Although we do run workshops for companies and discovery calls for private clients, these are a first, fun and necessary step to raise awareness. Where the real magic happens though, is in the coaching.

It is by giving you simple methods to relax on the spot or to get more energy and focus within a few minutes in the moment you need them, that you can truly make these methods your own and integrate them in the way you operate in your job. Using and applying the tips as you go through your daily life at work, is what brings you closer to an empowered self, in control of your reactions and level of energy no matter what is happening around you. This is how you can truly learn to manage stress and be more productive and resilient in your business life, without compromising your health. And with our online tips and short “how to” videos that we share with you directly on WhatsApp when you need them, you are all set to repeat, apply and even share these valuable tips with your friends, family and colleagues.

Let’s not wait any longer before learning how to live a better, more successful and empowered life, at work, at home or on the go. Schedule your FREE 30min discovery call with us, whether it is for you or for your business. We will take it from there and look forward to hearing from you.