When people think of yoga, they often think of yoga mats, complicated positions and retreats in the mountains requiring days of silence. However, I am here to tell you that if you can breath, you are in luck with yoga. Yoga is something you can even do at work without anyone knowing you are doing it.
This practice is about using our innate tools to quickly rid our own suffering. Now you may be thinking, “Stacia, I am not suffering” but we all suffer more than we’d like to admit.
Such things like negative thoughts, boredom, frustration and even anger are triggers letting you know there is some kind of suffering going on. So how does simple yoga help this? It all starts with breathing. When we breathe with intention and attention, we are present to the very moment.
It doesn’t matter if you wear a three-piece suit, medical scrubs, a uniform or construction boots and a hard hat to work.
Remember if you can breathe, you can do do yoga at work. Try this right now, inhale and notice what happens to your body’s toros. Exhale, and notice again what happens to your body. Repeat this 15 times while counting to 1, 2, 3 each time you inhale and exhale.
When you focus on breathing this intently, your mind isn’t wandering to anything else, putting a quick halt to any pain and suffering going on in your world, body, life. You calmed your nervous system and unknowingly to you, you decrease your cortisol, the stress hormone. If you are depressed or sad, this same breathing techniques is known to help.
There is no required number of rounds for breath-work, but the longer you can do each, the more you’ll feel the effects. Believe it or not, you are practicing yoga.