Making Time for Yoga Can Save You Time at Work
By: Anthony Galante
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“Time is money.” A phrase most people have heard time and time again, especially when related to the workplace. Employers and employees alike are constantly pushing and pulling to make better use of their time in order to continue their successes. Through all the hustle and bustle, making time for yoga can often be overlooked or even seen as a WASTE of time, rather than a time saver itself.
But if our time racing the clock is broken up with aches and pains from sitting at a desk, or a constant swirling of chatter and stress in our minds, we end up wasting more time than we save. No amount of office supplies or technology can help a person be as productive as if they themselves are healthy mentally and physically.
Think about it this way… working harder, longer, faster may seem like the obvious route to productivity and success. But if that hard work is exhausting you to the point of physical pain or emotional instability, that also increases the amount of time you will need to recover in order to do it all again. Imagine feeling calm, clear minded, and strong consistently throughout the day rather than spending the first hour or so gulping down coffee trying to clear that morning fog, and spending the rest of the day running as fast as your mind and body can possibly go, with the distractions of physical and emotional stress, counting down the hours until you can crawl into bed.
For the Body
The breathing practice of yoga, known as Pranayama brings more attention to how you breathe, slowing and deepening your breath and in turn reducing you resting heart rate and improving the flow of oxygen in the body.
Through a combination of postures (Asanas) yoga increases flexibility and strength, which can benefit not only the way we move, but the way we sit still (at a desk all day, for instance). Countless studies have shown that better posture leads to better work and better physical health. Keeping the body moving is also a great way to manage weight and in turn build self-esteem and self-love. Studies also show that certain asanas can reduce fatigue and increase the level of Cortisol in the body giving you a natural boost of energy.
For the Mind
Yoga requires presence and awareness in the way the breath and the body are moving. That attention and mindfulness isn’t something that is just left with a yoga practice, but something that filters into our entire day. Being able to quiet the mind of that constant chatter can lead to more focus on the task at hand, which in turn leads to higher productivity and better problem solving.
For the Spirit
As simply as it can be put, all of those benefits listed above make you feel good. When you feel happy and strong within yourself, you can find more peace in our work and positively move through daunting or challenging tasks with more patience and ease.
Imagine arriving to work happy and energized and leaving with that same feeling. Waking up in the morning gets easier, tasks suddenly get completed more efficiently, and your relationship with yourself and others grow stronger. When you look at it that way, you don’t really have time NOT to fit some yoga in.
Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.
If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, a Lake in the Hills chiropractor has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.
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