About Yoga Exercises for Runners

April 16th, 2014

yoga for runnersBy Rachel Holmes

This session of yoga exercises for runners is a combination of beginner, intermediate and advance techniques that will aid and boost the runner. Yoga for runners is proven to enhance the abilities of the runner through meditation, techniques on how to breathe and exercise techniques.

The first exercise for Yoga for runners will begin from the Child’s Pose position by kneeling on the workout mat, spreading your knees wide on the mat and allowing your big toes to touch each other, push your hips down into your heels, work your fingertips forward, tuck your chin close to your chest and place your forehead on the mat.

This is one of many resting postures in yoga that is necessary to start your session by clearing your mind and conditioning your body for an inner body workout, which leads to an outer body workout experience. Allow yourself to let go of whatever stress or tension or tightness you brought to the mat with you. While relaxing, connect to your breathing rhythm, breathing through your nose only. This will help to warm and sooth your body while calming your mind preparing you for your workout flow.

This practice is going to focus on creating strength, stability and flexibility. It will help you to recover from running injuries or prevent any future injuries. It will help your body to be strong and supple.

Now from the Child’s Pose come into the Downward Dog (Down Dog), hands and feet flat on the mat and hips lifted up high. Breathe in Down Dog spreading your fingers apart, pressing your palms forward, draw your chest back, allow your shoulders to roll away from your ears and down your back. Feel your hips move high while feeling your heels move into the mat. Use your breath, with each inhale you lengthen to create space and during the exhale you go deeper. It is your breath that is your guide in yoga.

From Down Dog, walk to the top of your mat to Rag Doll placing your feet hip distance apart hedging forward from your hips folding your arms across each other, tucking your chin deep into your chest allowing your crown to become heavy. Breathe here, soften your knees, feel your heels pressing into the mat and feel the energy rise up the back of your legs, as your hips left high. Release your fingertips from the mat, place feet together with chin tucked to your chest, slowly roll up to a complete standing position one vertebrae at a time. Roll your shoulders back and down spinning your palms open toward your mat. Now feel the energy throughout your body, as you stand tall with every breath.

Raise your hands up as far as you can in the Tadasana position, fingers spread out wide. Allow your shoulders to relax in this position. Now breathe in deep then exhale pulling your elbows down to the small of your back and arch your back backward into a backbend. Now straighten your back up with your palms together high over your head.

Again breathe deep and exhale as you bend forward with your fingertips touching the mat, forehead to your shins. Inhale and halfway lift up where your back is parallel to the mat fingertips touching the mat, when you exhale move to the Chaturanga (pushup) position. Inhale with body in Chaturanga and upper body arched upward.

The tops of your feet should be pressing into the mat, fill your lungs, and then exhale moving back to the downward dog position lifting your hips high. Inhale and raise your right leg high, breathe for a minute in this position while rolling your ankle from left to right, opening and closing your toes. Draw your knee to your nose, which is good for both the asanas for plantar fasciitis and the asanas for hamstrings for developing the foot strength hedging forward with your shoulders directly over your palms and repeat this method until you no longer can. Now switch to the left leg and repeat the exercise.

Move to the Low Lunge position, which is an asanas for hamstrings and asanas for plantar fasciitis with one leg outstretched behind and the other forward but bent with the knee upward and fingertips on the mat creating a straight line from heel to the back of the head. Inhale and raise your hands over your head in the Crescent Lunge position with palms facing each other with fingers spread apart. Breathe deeply in the Crescent Lunge and exhale thoroughly. Drive your heel back and forth and feel the tension as it works the Achilles tendon, when you exhale hover your back knee one inch from the mat. This technique adds strength from the ankle to the hip joint. Now as you inhale straighten your leg back to the crescent position.

Move to the Warrior position, which is having your legs spread out with one foot facing forward flat on the mat and the other behind you sideways for support, with your arms spread out. Here, you will rotate your feet by simply turning them in place without lifting them, almost as if you are tearing your mat. You will end up facing the front to rear and back. This routine is also an excellent for both asanas for hamstrings and asanas for plantar fasciitis.

The half-moon is a balancing position where you will have your left foot flat on the mat and your left fingertips on the mat, your right leg will be extended out and up as high as you can get it. Then go back to the Warrior position and then back to the half-moon using your other side.

Practice these yoga exercises 2-3 times a week balancing the repetitive running on the body. You’ll work on flexibility and over-all strength, as it increases your posture as a runner. Yoga will also help to relax the mind, teach you how to control your breathing, help you to recover from running injuries, and give you an overall feeling of happiness.

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Daffodils, Yoga and the Manipura Chakra

April 15th, 2014

about yoga teacher training and chakra theoryBy: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed

Ok, so you may be wondering, “What do daffodils, Yoga and the Manipura Chakra have in common?” Well, the color yellow, of course! Daffodils are one of the first flowers to peak their heads above the earth during springtime. They represent the continual process of regeneration and the optimism of new beginnings. In the east, daffodils are symbolic of wealth and abundance. In China, the daffodil is strongly associated with good fortune and is culturally associated with the Chinese New Year. In many cultures throughout the world, the color yellow represents lightness, energy, wealth, and the optimism of new beginnings.

The Manipura Chakra is the third chakra or energy center of the body, according to Hindu tradition. It is located at the level of the solar plexus. This chakra is primarily associated with the color yellow and is known as the resplendent gem. This fiery chakra governs the digestive fire, self-esteem and initiative. When the Manipura Chakra is moving freely, an individual’s sense of self-direction and self-esteem are strong. When initiative, self-esteem and the fire to follow through on one’s goals are strong, wealth often follows. However, when this chakra is closed or hampered in some way, a Yoga practitioner may find it more difficult to generate the initiative to start new projects and work towards personal and professional goals.

This sense of determination, energy and optimism may be dulled by the heaviness of the winter season. As springtime arrives, many Yoga practitioners find that there is a new sense of energy and hope that arises from within them. Practicing Yoga asanas that help to dispel inertia and generate more warrior energy will in turn support you in starting new projects and manifesting your dreams. A healthy Manipura Chakra will also make it easier to speak up for yourself, assert your own will in different situations and generate a sense of vitality and warmth in your belly region.

Surrounding yourself with the color yellow, whether it is in the form of a bunch of delicately scented daffodils or yellow pillows and curtains, will also help to nurture a healthy Manipura Chakra. Additionally, offering selfless service to your community and laughing are both said to increase the energy of the Manipura Chakra. In terms of a Yoga practice, incorporating poses that specifically release tension and generate energy in the solar plexus will help to dispel inertia and invigorate your entire being. This invigoration will help to fuel the process of initiating new projects, speaking up for yourself and following through on the many tasks that must be accomplished, in order to make your dreams and goals a reality.

If you are a Yoga teacher, teaching a sequence of Yoga posture during your class that help to generate energy and warmth in the area of the Manipura Chakra will support your students in feeling the warrior energy within their own beings. Likewise, if you are a Yoga practitioner, including Yoga asanas into your practice on a regular basis that nurture the energy and freedom of movement in the solar plexus region will help to dispel any inertia that may have settled into that area of your body during the long, cold winter months. Practicing Warrior I, Warrior II and Warrior III poses are some of the quintessential Yoga asanas aimed at increasing warrior energy throughout the body.

Additionally, practicing twisting postures also helps to release inertia and “stuck energy” in the solar plexus region. Yoga poses such as Eagle Pose, Seated Spinal Twist and Revolved Crescent Lunge all help to generate energy and warmth in the Manipura Chakra. These twisting postures release deep-seated tension in the shoulders and the thoracic spine, which will increase the flow of prana or life force energy throughout your being. A regular practice of Yoga postures that includes many of these poses will be sure to increase your warrior energy and fill you with new vitality and optimism, which will in turn support you in initiating and manifesting your goals, dreams and desires. For detailed instructions on how to practice these postures, please refer to a professional Yoga teacher training website or visit a Yoga studio in your area to receive personalized instruction

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Lilacs, Yoga and the Crown Chakra

April 14th, 2014

power yoga teacher training intensiveBy: Virginia Iversen, M.Ed 

Many Yogis and Yoginis experienced a cold, difficult and long winter this year. This is particularly true if you live in northern area of the United States. Finally, we are seeing a resurgence of the gentle warming rays of the springtime sunshine. With the sunlight and warmth, comes the unfurling of new leaves and the blooming of spring flowers. The beautifully scented, violet-blue lilac is one of the first flowers to bloom in the springtime. Its heady scent is intoxicating. Symbolically, the lilac is said to represent love. This is all well and good, you may be thinking, but what does this have to do with Yoga? 

The practice of Yoga is a wonderfully effective way to reinvigorate your entire body. When we feel the pulsation of energy throughout our entire being, it is much easier to achieve our dreams and flow with the ever-changing panorama of life experiences. When our life force energy is stuck, it is far more difficult to initiate new projects, articulate our feeling and needs, or even be in touch with our own creative potential. Although the wintertime can be a cozy time of quietude and reflection, it can also be a period of time during the year when stagnation and inertia increase. 

On the other hand, the springtime generates a sense of new energy, optimism and hope that requires the release of stagnation and inertia. Many Yoga postures will help to increase the sense of energy and optimism as deep-seated tension is released through the practice. A regular practice of a variety of Yoga postures will also help to balance the flow of life force energy throughout the entire chakra system. According to ancient Yogic texts found in the Hindu tradition, there are seven main spinning energy centers that lie along the body, known as chakras. 

The violet-blue color of the lilac governs the Sahasrara Chakra, which is located at the crown of the head. This chakra is the seventh chakra in the Hindu depiction of the spinning energy centers that lie along the central axis of the body. Yogis and Yoginis who have experienced this chakra directly describe it as pulsating violet-blue lotus flower with a thousand petals that dance and sway in the internal light of divinity. Symbolically, the Crown Chakra represents the doorway to infinity and oneness with the Divine essence of life. It also represents a sense of detachment from the illusion of the permanence of this world. 

* Supported Headstand 

Inversions of all types will help to increase the flow of prana in the Crown Chakra. This includes Downward Facing Dog, Dolphin Pose and Standing Forward Fold. However, Headstand is one of the most powerfully effective Yoga Postures for increasing the flow of fresh energy, oxygen and nutrients to the Sahasrara.

Headstand is considered to be an intermediate Yoga posture. However, practicing it in a supported fashion along the wall will make it much more accessible to students who are still in the beginning stages of their Yoga practice. 

Headstand is usually practiced towards the end of a Yoga class. When you are ready to practice Supported Headstand, bring your Yoga mat perpendicular to a wall in your home or studio. Come to a kneeling position on your mat facing the wall, and then place your elbows on the mat approximately twelve inches apart with your hands clasped. Your forearms will form a triangle. Shift your weight to your forearms and hands and with an inhale; gently kick your legs up the wall. You may wish to practice a few times with some gentle kicks before extending your legs completely up the wall. 

When you have inverted your body and your legs are resting along the wall, hold Supported Headstand for three to five minutes. Keep your feet flexed and your legs together. Do listen to your body, and if you tire or are experiencing any neck or head pain, come gently out of the posture and rest in Child’s Pose. When you have finished practicing Supported Head Stand, slowly bring your legs down to the mat and rest in Child’s Pose for two to three minutes. You will feel a new sense of aliveness, energy and clarity in your Crown Chakra after practicing Supported Headstand.

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How to Market a Successful Yoga Studio

April 12th, 2014

market a yoga studioBy Sangeetha Saran 

Opening a yoga studio is similar to any other fitness or personal service business. Perhaps, one merely starts as an instructor in someone else’s business. Perhaps, one gets a business loan to rent a studio and hire other instructors as well. Perhaps, one builds the business on the side, teaching yoga during evenings and weekends while working a more conventional job. There is no one right way to get your business off the ground. And, of course, the business model you choose will expand over time. 

5 Ways to Market a Yoga Business 

Marketing a yoga business is no different than marketing any other business where one offers personal services. Although the content and philosophy of yoga may be remarkably different compared to becoming a bodybuilding and fitness instructor, the marketing follows a similar route. 

Here are some ideas successful yoga teachers have used to market their business: 

1. You could attend community events and meet new people where you can share your passion for yoga. 

2. You could visit yoga studios and get ideas on how other teachers market their business, and you can even introduce yourself to the business owner and ask for tips, making it clear that you are not a competitor but planning to set up your own business in a different town or a different part of town. When yoga teachers who run their own business meet someone who does not threaten to limit their own business, they are actually eager to share what they have learned through trial and error. 

3. You could create marketing collateral like business cards, brochures, flyers, and so on. Dispense these freely whenever you meet people socially. However, before you start, spend a great deal of time thinking about what is unique about your business, and what logos, slogans, and even colors will represent your unique approach to yoga. 

4. You could create an online presence consisting of a website, a blog, and a social media network. Connect these online resources to your existing print materials, as well. For instance, if you hand out your business cards at a social event, the recipient should be able to go to your website, follow your blog posts, and even befriend you on your social media pages. 

5. You could study marketing and sales literature, getting a good idea of a wide range of ways people have been able to promote their small business. In promoting any business, advertising is probably the fastest way to get attention, so consider studying how to advertise economically yet effectively. 

Final Thoughts 

While it may feel awkward and difficult to go from the high ideals of yoga philosophy to hawking your wares in the marketplace, remember that this is merely a perception. Instead of thinking of this as labor, consider it a labor of love. Instead of thinking of promoting yourself as marketing, consider it sharing your passion. And instead of thinking of selling your services to those who respond to your marketing efforts, think of it as sharing your own story of personal transformation.

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The Evolution of Becoming a Yoga Instructor

April 11th, 2014

becoming a yoga instructorBy Jenny Park 

It seems safe to assume that the majority of yoga instructors start out as students. It is usually a process of metamorphosis from that first day on the mat to making the decision to become a certified teacher. Yoga beginners often are unaware of what they will experience, as they become seasoned yogis. Yet, many experience a transformation so profound they feel propelled to move on from student to instructor. 

If you are considering pursuing yoga as a profession, you should be clear on your objectives and goals. 

• Do you want to teach full-time or just moonlight?

• Do you have a nurturing nature? People often look to their instructors for solace.

• Do you lead a healthy lifestyle? It is always good to set a good example.

• Are you a compassionate person? Will you be able to understand the issues of those injured or unfit clients?

• Are your financial goals realistic? Yoga teachers often make a moderate salary.

• Do you have the confidence needed to stand in front of a classroom of students and teach? 

Once you have addressed some of these important issues and feel assured that indeed, you do have what it takes to make the leap from student to teacher; you are ready to begin the process. 

Transforming from Student to Yoga Instructor 

Step 1. Tell your decision to friends and family. It is quite a journey and you will need all the encouragement and support available during the lengthy transition period. 

Step 2. Decide where and how you will approach your teacher certification. Will you take the minimum required 200-hour program or go for a 500-hour program? Will you do an intensive course over a month or spread it out over a longer time frame on evenings and weekends? It is important to consider your budget and time restrictions. In addition, make sure you feel comfortable with the teacher, as they will have a huge impact on the result. 

Step 3. Your yoga course will touch on some of the philosophical side of yoga. However, you should make it a point to delve into the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and any other reading materials that you feel will give you a deep understanding of the practice. 

Step 4. Walk the talk. If you decide to teach others, you will have to practice what you preach. If you have some lifestyle habits that conflict with the message you want to send, you will need to adjust accordingly.

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About Yoga Training for an Inner Quest

April 10th, 2014

eagle poseBy Kimaya Singh

Yoga is widely recognized as a complementary healing system. People seeking relief from the stress and anxiety associated with the present-day fast track life often take refuge in yoga on their quest to bliss and happiness.

The key thing to understand here is that happiness does not involve external conditions and is not dependent on achievements and occurrences that are external to your essential selves. This may sound like a cliché, and yet it is a fact that all our efforts to find happiness outside ourselves are destined to meet with failure. Instead, the perfect state of bliss can only be achieved when we are at one with the true core of our being, which in turn helps us to be in perfect harmony with our surroundings and the outside world. What yoga does is to help us along in this inward quest.

Many yoga techniques are aimed at making our vital energy flow unimpeded and thus attain a true union with our body, which is also a way to transcend our ego. Managing anxiety, or finding states of bliss, or attaining a perfect emotional health – all of these are dependent on a perfect understanding of our own body and how the myriad bodily processes influence our mental states and our actions.

Different yogic techniques and practices such as meditation, quiet asana, guided imagery, slow breathing, etc. are essentially aimed at helping us form a real communion with our own inner self, and thus helping the practitioner resolve physical, mental, and emotional problems that he or she may face during the course of his/her daily life. One way how yoga performs this is by inculcating a practice of proper physical postures and alignment.

Proper posture and alignment is an important factor in maintaining a healthy body and keeping out of harm’s way. And yet, curiously enough, posture and alignment do not often summon the attention they deserve. Our posture directly influences our spinal health and a good spinal health is responsible for the creation of maximum vitality and unimpeded vital energy flows. And yoga practices can be tremendously effective in helping one gain a good spinal health.

Many of us, especially those who work at offices sitting for long hours, are being made to lead a more or less sedentary lifestyle. Sitting at a place for long periods, bad postures, such as slouching, cramped, or humped positions, etc. can result, over a period of time, in conditions like dowager’s hump or what is known in medical terminology as hyper kyphosis. Conditions like this create shortness of breath, restrict breathing flow, make us more vulnerable to fractures and loss of function and balance as we age and also result in increased depression and anxiety in older people. But conditions such as these can be minimized or prevented if one practices yoga regularly. Yogic practices will help you attain proper posture and will correct skeletal alignment, thereby reducing the risks of developing illnesses that flow from a bad posture.

Variously, yogic practices of stretches and deep breathing, etc. help to transform our perceptions of space– both the inner and the outer space. One feels like the space around him has extended and thus stress, which often seems to enclose us quite in a claustrophobic manner, seems to recede and dissolve. This leads to a more creative emotional health and managing anxiety and other stressful conditions become easier for us. Yogic practices also physiologically transform depression and apathy by increasing endorphin levels in our blood and by oxygenating our brain, thereby making it easier for us to achieve states of bliss and fulfillment.

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Yogic Practices for the Wandering Mind

April 8th, 2014

yoga for the wandering mindBy Bhavan Kumar

We live in a world saturated by images and where visual stimuli abound. It is not easy to keep your mind from wandering living in such a climate. There are just so many things to distract our mind and thoughts and make us lose focus off things that really and truly matter in our lives. Also, apart from that, our mind has this tendency to wander, daydream, get lost in fantasy, fret about future, relive past moments of happiness, etc. Although these may not seem to be harmful enough at first, they actually are, because a wandering mind serves to disconnect us from our body, and therefore from the present moment. Yoga recognizes this problem and many of the yogic relaxation practices and techniques are therefore geared towards helping us retain focus, develop a trained mind and achieve a real communion with our body and our true inner self.

Yogic techniques can be broadly divided in three separate practices, that of asana or postures, pranayama or breathing, and drishti or focusing. These techniques, practiced together, will help one gain vital energy, perfect physical health, and a state of bliss and happiness. Yogic practices in the west generally tend to focus more on the postures or asana practices, but breathing and focusing are just as important in achieving focus and finding inner peace.

It is not even that you practice these techniques in separation. Most yoga items will combine all of these techniques together. Yoga is, in fact, a practice of holistic self-care. So, even when you are practicing certain yogic postures, you are required to control your breathing the proper way and focus your gaze so that your mind does not wander.

Let us, for a moment, look at the importance of proper breathing practices and breath awareness. Generally, as we pass through daily life and activities, we do not tend to think about breathing. Our body has developed the function of breathing automatically, which means that we do not need to employ conscious awareness for breathing. However, focusing our attention on the breathing process help us to connect with the present moment. Breath awareness makes us more conscious of our body, which is also our present, the moment of the now. Becoming conscious of our body is also a way of transcending our ego which serves to separate us from others, and thus from ourselves, too. This also shows how the yogic practices are closely related to philosophic thoughts and had emerged out of them.

Similarly, the practice of drishti or focusing is meant to still our mind and keep it from wandering into distractions. These practices help us attain a perfectly trained mind. So, even when we are faced with difficulties in life or are tempted by a myriad distractions, we can control our mind and thoughts more effectively and can continue focusing on things that really matter.

On the scientific base of yogic systems, we may mention how yoga relates to SNS and PNS – the two nervous systems in our body. The SNS or sympathetic nervous systems quicken our breath rate, increase blood pressure and heart rates, and stimulate our nerves. While this may be necessary in situations of challenge and hardship, unnecessary stimulation, triggered by unproductive stimuli, can result in health consequences such as migraines, ulcers, heart disease, etc. PNS, or parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, reduces blood pressure and slows down breath rate. This means that the blood can then freely travel to glandular, digestive, reproductive, and immune systems – these systems are made up of organs essential to long-term good health and well being. Now, studies show that yogic relaxation practices such as focusing or deep breathing stimulate PNS actions and thus help attain our mind a stillness and our body its healing powers.

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Yoga Teacher – Your First Class

April 7th, 2014

500-hour yoga certification intensiveBy Gopi Rao

Becoming a teacher of yoga is a type of conundrum. The yoga path tends to attract those of an introverted nature. Often the thoughtful seekers delve into yoga for a personal pursuit and then become enchanted with the process and want to share what they have learned.

It is quite the journey for an introvert or an extrovert to stand in front of a class of eager students, who expect you to be entertaining, athletically gifted, and philosophical. Truthfully, all of those characteristics combined in one package are a bit of an oxymoron.

No matter how you prepare, you will certainly be feeling butterflies in your stomach when you teach that first class. Try some of these ideas to get you through the transition smoothly and effortlessly.

1. Make a video. Watch it repeatedly so you can find your weaknesses and work on strengthening them. This is a technique commonly employed by professional athletes.

2. Engage in practice classes with friends and family.

3. Think carefully about the music you will use. Once you have put your sequences to sound, you will have an additional tool for keeping track of where you are, if you freeze and forget what is next.

4. Stand in front of a mirror and practice how you will introduce yourself to the class.

5. Ask friends to engage in a lively question and answer session with you.

6. Attend a variety of classes with different teachers to assess the type of approach that you feel will work for you.

7. Carefully study a yoga instructor’s code of ethics, so you are confident about boundary issues.

8. Offering a few free classes at community centers or retirement communities will give you experience with less pressure.

Once you are prepared and ready for your first day on the job, plan your day wisely.

1. Do not schedule your first class on a day when you have too much on your plate. Take the time to meditate, breathe, and be calm.

2. Give yourself some extra time in the studio before the class begins.

3. Make sure you know how to use the sound system and check your music.

4. Try to avoid pre-conceived notions. Be ready to face 2 people or 20 with the same enthusiasm.

Finally, stand in front of the class composed and confident, and enjoy this important step into a new career that you love.

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When to Change a Yoga Studio Schedule

April 5th, 2014

500 hour yoga teacher training online courseBy Kimaya Singh

Quite often, we get in a comfort zone and forget to change with the times. Sometimes the philosophy of, “if it’s not broke, doesn’t fix it” can lead to actual apathy. As a proponent of yoga, just as in other health fields, you should keep your eye on the horizon. 

When to Offer New Yoga Classes 

If you have not adjusted your studio’s yoga schedule or changed the posting on your website for over a year, then it is certainly time for an update. The practice of yoga is blooming worldwide and becoming more diverse than ever. It may be confusing to know which direction to take.

Sometimes a little collaboration goes a long way.

1. Put up a suggestion box in your studio and see what may interest your clients.

2. Hand out a questionnaire with descriptions of different types of yoga you are interested in offering.

3. Talk with your teachers about any ideas or interests they may like to pursue.

4. Read leading yoga magazines, which usually touch on current trends in the field.

5. Think about what you want for your studio. Is it fitness you love or spirituality? 

Once you have gotten as much input as possible, you are ready to move forward with some fresh ideas. This could involve an investment in some new props. For example, if you decide to pursue Nidra yoga, you may need more pillows and blankets. If you want to try aerial yoga, you will have to purchase the hammocks. 

Investments

This change will also require an investment in time from your instructors. Plan a few late-night weekend sessions to practice the new classes you would like to offer. Entice your busy instructors with some good food and drink and perhaps a financial bonus for participating. 

Once you post your new classes on the schedule, it may take a little trial and error to see which of your students want to climb out of their comfort zone to try something new. You might consider making a complimentary offering of the new choices on your menu.

Even though it will take some time, money, and energy to introduce new ideas into your yoga business, you will undoubtedly benefit from making the effort to stay on the cutting edge of your field.

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About Corporate Yoga Programs

April 4th, 2014

practicing heron pose in corporate yoga classBy Rachel Holmes

Corporate yoga programs have seen a huge rise in popularity in the last few years and many progressive businesses these days are embracing this concept of yoga and wellness programs for their employees wholeheartedly. A quick peek at the statistics will tell us why.

According to a study report published by the University of Michigan Research Center, a business can expect $3 in return (benefits and cost savings) for every $1 invested in wellness and corporate yoga programs for its employees. These programs, seen as part of stress management trainings, help the office workers cope more effectively and creatively with work related stress, help them retain their focus, reduce risks of physical hazards such as back pain and fatigue, and therefore, help in increasing the overall productivity at the workplace.

Injury Prevention

Back pain is the most common injury reported by office workers, especially those working in a corporate setup. Working long periods sitting at the same place results in a sedentary lifestyle and can soon lead to back pain and other health hazards. Businesses in UK lose as much as 119 million workdays each year on account of employee back pain. In US, work injuries cost the businesses as much as $121 billion every year in lost productivity, medical care, and wages. The yoga programs are enjoying the kind of popularity they do on account of the fact that these programs have the ability to turn this whole situation on its head and reverse the trends in a way that will be hugely beneficial both to the business and the workforce individuals.

Let us see in some details what kind of benefits one can expect from such corporate wellness programs and how they help increase productivity and work efficiency.

Yoga helps revitalize our major body organs and our immune system. At the same time, it helps flush the waste products off our system. Alcohol and other such waste products will be released from our body almost 3-4 times more quickly when we are practicing yoga. Yoga also helps detoxify our muscles and tone them and relieves insomnia, back and neck strain, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome and other physical irregularities. For a business, all this injury prevention translates to reduced absenteeism and lower healthcare costs for the companies.

Apart from injury prevention, yoga also helps the workers to become more creative and efficient. Yoga is known to harmonize the two sides of our brain. The left side of our brain is known to correspond to logical thought and the right side to creative thought. A harmony between the two leads to more creative and fruitful decisions.

Yoga also improves flexibility and posture and helps infuse a general sense of well-being among its practitioners. Apart from injuries, coping with the work related stress is another big challenge for the employees. Different kinds of pressures are common to today’s work environment. Some of them include interpersonal conflict, stringent deadlines and other stresses. Since yoga relaxes our nerves and transforms depression and apathy by oxygenating our brain, workers are better able to cope with work related stress when practicing yoga. This again improves personal performance and helps increase overall productivity and efficiency.

© Copyright 2014 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

See our testimonials to find out what our graduates have to say about our selection of distance learning yoga teacher certification programs.

If you are teaching a yoga class, a yoga school manager, blogger, e-zine, or website publisher, and are in need of quality content, please feel free to use my blog entries (articles). Please be sure to reprint each article, as is. Namaste!

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