Yoga and the corporate well-being
I spent years in management in a multinational company. Now I am a yoga teacher. It is super easy to categorize the reaction I got from people on this change.
Either: “Heh? You crazy? Well, good luck for making a living out if this…”, or: “Aw, poor thing, must’ve had a burnout.” Well, got close to the latter, but never actually hit the bottom. It would be so easy to say, that yoga saved me, but this is not true. I saved myself. Yoga was just my way of doing it.
The years of a manager
I loved my job. The people I worked with. The challenge, the demanding work environment, the friendships and to belonging to a company whose values I shared. But I worked way too much. Sometimes 14-16 hours a day. Even after meeting my friends for a dinner in the evening I went home, opened my computer and worked until late (or rather say early). I don’t blame the company, this situation was created by both of us. In an environment, where colleagues and the managers joke about people leaving the office at 5 PM, saying “you again took a half day off”, it is easy to get lost if you don’t respect your own boundaries. And I did not. And simply the company had no means and no will to not overuse the people like me.
Looking back to this period of time I realize how many of my colleagues lived the same way. For us work-life balance was just a dream. No wonder many companies started to use a new term: work-life integration. Well-being managers or HR policies to create a creative, supportive and healthy environment were not on the horizon. It was my determination to find a way to change my life and choose another path. But another alternative, like corporate yoga or other corporate well-being programs could’ve helped me a lot.
Corporate well-being policy
If a company only acts like caring about their employees, but it is just a facade, people will sense it immediately. They don’t need just another useless incentive program. Besides a meaningful work, what they need is an alternative to a stressful life. Mindfulness is a hit. Such as meditation, healthy menu in the canteen, anything that actually contributes to a more balanced lifestyle. I wish I’d had anything like that. Sure, these don’t substitute the well managed work flow and the good governance of a company.
Working for a multinational company doesn’t have to lead you to become a corporate refugee and run away from this sector as far as possible. It is not either a corporate career or a balanced life. You can have them both.
My experience with yoga
I have a long history with yoga, but there was a time when I simply decided that I didn’t have the time for it. When I finally allowed myself to live the life I deserve, yoga was full on again. Here I have a constant invitation to step on the mat every day. I meditate, I do my morning cleansing rituals, do various breathing techniques and practice the postures. Sure I got stronger and more flexible but also more balanced and satisfied. Yoga doesn’t take my time, it gives time.
I truly enjoy sharing my experience with others and accompany them on their yoga journey. It is a bliss to see the sparks in the eyes after yoga practice. And believe me, the sparks are there.
Yoga – my mission to give back
I wish I’d had someone offering yoga for me during my years in management. To have it as an available option to release stress and balance me in a way I needed it. I wish I’d had it for myself and also for my teams.
It is proved scientifically and empirically as well, that yoga reduces stress and boosts the overall well-being. So in case you live the corporate life – in whichever role – choose to do it wisely. And if you opt for yoga as your stress release tool, choose someone who knows your situation.
I consider it to be my personal mission to share my yoga in a way I never received it.
- private yoga: if you are super busy, nothing fits into your packed schedule, especially not a yoga class, as you can’t get in any yoga studio in time. Plus the travel time to/from the studio is just too long and this prevents you from having some stress release time. A flexi private yoga teacher can have yoga practice where & when you want to have it. At your home or in the office. You just have to make the first step.
- corporate yoga: doing yoga in a group, but still having flexibility as the yoga teacher comes to your company. You just need an empty board room, meeting room or the park around the office. If you are a manager – you can give this to your team. If you are in HR – you can give this to your company. If you are an employee in need – you can ask this service from your company.
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