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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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,

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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. 

The practice of resilience. How to start using it today?

In our previous article we introduced resilience and explained how crucial this can be in the life of every entrepreneur and business professional. Now, how can we develop this and incorporate it in all areas of our lives? Each of us can use more resilience in any part of our day, at work, on the go and at home, and here is a way to do this.

Pause, step back and breathe.

It is easy to bit ourself up for a situation, a project or a conversation in which we met a dead end. Although it is now past and done, we can still feel the tension and stress in our body. Our mind replays all the things that could have been said or done differently and we attribute fault awards to everyone involved in the show. Say you missed your tram this morning and are running late for an important meeting. Your are now reviewing the scene, blaming yourself and your cat for everything that went wrong the same morning: from snoozing the alarm to spilling coffee on your shirt; to forgetting to feed the said cat and having to get back in to do so, etc… Now how useful is this dramatic replay to help you go forward? Are you choosing to spoil your valuable time and energy on this or can you wipe off the table and make room for new solutions, for instance getting yourself a uber or calling a colleague to inform about your 5min delay in a sound and calm voice? 

Take a moment to step out mentally of the replay and breathe deeply, preferably in your belly. You can trick your system into reminding yourself that you are safe and that this experience was not the end of the world, whatever its outcome, simply by breathing in your abdomen. You will find yourself free and relax to respond in a better and more constructive way, whatever happened before.

You can trick your system into reminding yourself that you are safe and that this experience was not the end of the world.

Flip the switch from self-loathing to resourcefulness.

The place and set up are the same, the only element that changes is your perspective on this situation. If you replay the faults and guilt related to a past situation that went wrong, indulging your negative self-talk and your inner-critic to rule your thoughts, you are unconsciously choosing to maintain your level of stress. Mentally and physiologically speaking. Just notice how your shallow breath and tensions in your body directly translate and manifest this state of mind. Now you have the choice and as you breathe deeply and allow your all system to calm down, you can feel how tension releases, how this feeling of stress reduces itself naturally. Your mind is slowly uncluttering itself from the negative clouds and allows you to think and see clearly for new solutions and resourceful ways to act upon the present situation. Instead of running around on your way to this meeting and arriving out of breath, confused and tense, you can calm yourself down while waiting for the next tram and use these few minutes to visualise yourself entering the meeting room with calm, poise and confidence.

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

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Clarity vs. quantity in methods and in words.

30 days into our 100-day blog challenge, we have adopted a new approach. One that favours clarity over quantity. You might have already noticed this in our series of articles on breathing, moving and awareness following our CNNMoney Switzerland interview. Each article is now centred around one idea at a time, one inspiration, concept, or yoga method which you can incorporate straight away into your day, in your business or personal life. Here is why clarity is key in sharing and learning and why this matters so much more than quantity. 

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A shorter read for your busy schedule.

Let’s face it, you are busy enough already, so the shorter it is, the more you benefit from it! 

One piece at a time is easier to digest.

As much as we love to share our tips and to let the writing buzz guide us to insightful places, lengthy articles are not the easiest to digest, are they? It is like having a big plate of pasta, one spaghetti leading up to another which ends up with you turning your fork on itself for hours. In line with a previous article touching upon micro learning, the best way to learn and assimilate new information is through repetitive, micro-sized pieces rather than a big plate full at a time. And this applies for your brain as much as for your stomach.

If you are a fervent defender of quantity and still insist on getting that big plate of spaghetti for lunch, here is a useful tip to help you digest.

So the coaching method, so the blog.

Short and bite-sized articles is indeed what resonates most with our REAL LIFE YOGA coaching principle for easy and simple methods. So just as we give you simple tools that you can use quickly at your desk or on the go to feel more empowered, relaxed and focused, so are we crafting blog posts that you can read in the same amount of time.

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