Workplace Yoga: A Time to Destress

In today’s workplace, whether that be at home or an in-person environment, things can easily get stressful and overwhelming. This is why employers have been getting more creative with finding ways to keep employees engaged and stress free!

Among many employee benefits, workplace yoga, both at the office and online at the home office, is gaining huge popularity. It is primarily offered at larger corporations such as Apple and Google, but smaller organizations are quickly adopting it as well. Workplace yoga has been shown to offer a cost effective solution with a big impact for employees and employers. 

Why are so many companies turning to workplace yoga to engage employees?

In addition to improving overall fitness and flexibility, yoga has been known to be one of the most effective exercises in reducing chronic stress. Studies by the American Heart Association and others have found that those who do yoga regularly are calmer than those who don’t. Yoga reduces levels of cortisol— our stress hormone— and it can help to improve productivity, efficiency, concentration, and creativity.

Most yoga practices not only focus on the body, but also the breath. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. According to the National Institute of Health, breath work helps lower blood pressure through relaxing the body, improves the ability to concentrate, and helps create an overall feeling of wellbeing by triggering the release of endorphins. 

For the employers, offering activities such as workplace yoga to employees can increase job satisfaction, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing of employees. It can be a big help in reducing employee turnover, healthcare costs, all while improving employee engagement. Yoga at work is a win-win for companies, bosses and their employees and an essential addition to any company’s wellness program!

For more information, visit the American Heart Association’s website.

Summer Synergy: Run/Walk + Yoga

People doing yoga outdoors

Have you been interested in launching your meditation practice, but don’t know quite how to get started? Have you been curious about group meditation? These topics have been on the cover of Newsweek and Time magazines, so come see why they’re trending! Join us for the South Sound’s biggest group mediation in a beautiful outdoor setting.

This is a chance for our own community to come together around peace, compassion and healing in a group setting to positively influence the community in which we live. On a personal level, the practice of mindfulness and meditation helps you manage stress and bring about positive outcomes in your life. Experts in the field of mindfulness and mediation will guide you every step of the way.

Start the morning with coffee from our coffee truck or frozen yogurt drinks from JoeFroyo, and then go for a peaceful walk or run around Waughop Lake. Robyn Beckman, an expert in mindfulness, will lead a trail walk for those interested in “mindfulness in nature.” Those interested in staying at the main stage will experience aerial yoga demonstrations, Buti Yoga, MixxedFit and Zumba.

Then hop on your mat for a 75-minute yoga flow class set to upbeat music and led by Alicia Barrett from Tuladhara Yoga Studio. This is for all levels, so don’t worry if it is your first time or your hundredth.

At this point you will be ready for the relaxing 25 minutes of soul-reviving meditation led by Erin Josse from Source Yoga. Register today—the cost is $20 all-inclusive!

July 15, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499

Register today: http://www.tuladharayoga.com/event/summersynergy/

Schedule:
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Check In, Drop Your Bag & Grab Coffee
Arrive early to sign in, drop your bag. Set up your yoga mat, and head to the  1.5 mile run/walk starting line. Or stay at the main stage for some upbeat MixxedFit and Demos!
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Pre-Run Stretch at the Main Stage
Start with a dynamic warm-up at the main stage led by our enthusiastic run leader Marc Chung.
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM OR Stay at the Main Stage for MixxedFit, as well as other FUN activities to move your body!
1.5 mile run or walk
Start with a dynamic warm-up lead by our run leader.
10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Yoga:
Hop on your mat for a yoga flow class led by amazing Alicia from Tuladhara Yoga set to upbeat music.
11:15am – 11:45 pm
Meditation:
25 minutes of soul reviving meditation led by professional instructors to teach you the fundamentals of a great meditation practice and to lead you through a guided meditation
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Drop Grab Lunch or Chill. Dance at the main stage, get a massage, explore vendors.
Cost for the event is $20 if you register by July 13!
Cost for the event after July 13th is $25

Summer Synergy At Fort Steilacoom Park

Questions contact: Sally Martinez smartinez@cityoflakewood.us