Alternate post title: Turn Your Work Day Upside Down (In the Best Possible Way)
Do you often wonder how you are going to get through the rest of your workday? Or do you just get over yourself and order another coffee or pick up a sugar snack from the vending machine?
I have another way! It’s free and easy and will leave you feeling pretty dang refreshed.
I used to do it at recess or lunch break when I was teaching and it totally helped me not grab for the extra caffeine and sugar which would ultimately leave me with an energy slump soon after.
If you ever get a chance to take a live class with me, at some point I will give you a daily yoga challenge/prescription that will change your life should you choose to accept it.
15 minutes of Viparita Karani or Legs Up the Wall.
After taking a full 90 minute restorative class with me recently, Jeanne took that challenge back to her office.
I asked Jeanne about her office yoga experiment and here’s what she have to say about it.
How many people participate?
JH: 3-8 people, depending on the day/time. We meet at 10 am and 3 pm each day.
How long do you practice?
JH: We started with 5 minutes, now we are doing 10 minutes.
JH: I show people how to get set up and they follow. I tell them to let it all go – notice if they are trying to hold themselves off of the floor. Remind them to breathe. There is often a lot of chatter, so I suggest that we do not talk. Sometimes this works, most times it does not.
What’s the tone of the time in legs up the wall?
JH: The tone in our office is pretty relaxed – we are perpetually busy, but we try to have fun doing it. So at 10 am, everyone is jacked on coffee and getting their morning underway, so the 10 am time is very nice to break up the morning crack-heads. The afternoon is more of a refresher, to get through the remaining time in the day.
How are people feeling before, during and after the legs up the wall party?
JH: As I mentioned, before our session, people are either cracked out (10 am) or in a Food coma/end of day lull (3 pm). But regardless, during the mood is SO relaxed and goofy.
Everyone begins by cracking jokes, laughing, sighing, and ultimately silence does come at the last few minutes.
After the session, everyone rolls onto their side in a fetal position for at least 10 seconds before they come up. I have told them to TAKE THEIR TIME coming up. Afterward everyone moves a bit slower and has a smile.
How has this changed the atmosphere in the office?
JH: The atmosphere has always been fun, but I think it’s created a different bond between certain people. We recently consolidated operations and had 6 people move from an office in Salinas to our office in Loomis. Combining forces has been great so far, and we have invited some of the new additions, and one did join (a male)! I think people feel more easy going and less apprehensive with each other, when they have a work-related issue- we can “out” ourselves on a mistake or an area of lacking knowledge, without feeling inferior. It’s more playful and “chill”.
What do you think, friends? Would you try yoga at work?