Now more than ever, employees need outlets to relax and just breathe. Yoga, which means “yoke” or “unite” in Hindi, the connection of mind, body, and spirit, is one of those outlets that can really make a difference. Briana Nielsen, Yogi and Human Resource Director of Remetronix in Port St. Lucie, Florida, shares the benefits of yoga at work and beyond.
In her capacity as an HR Director, Briana promotes mental and emotional health through her company’s Employee Assistance Program to assist getting one’s mindset back on track. She highlights the importance of having a healthy release which can include running, yoga, or an activity that release endorphins.
Additional benefits of doing yoga include strength development, stress relief, stress management, and improved sleep. Briana also highlights the technique of “Ujjayi” Breath – also known as “oceanic” breathing as inhaling and exhaling resembles the waves of the ocean coming in and out. This is a breathing technique that helps restore a sense of balance. She also shared a night time calming technique to decompress before going to bed. By using essential oils, such as lavender oil and putting some drops on the wrists and breathing. In the morning, start the day with gratitude and move forward with a sense of calm.
Entrepreneurs in particular can benefit from yoga in all the ways mentioned above. With a focus on the benefit specifically on breathing, here are some key benefits:
The goal of yoga is to elevate life energies. With more energy we can be more productive and ultimately make better decisions. It also helps us to better assess what is important and to prioritize with increased clarity. This is a benefit with universal application that helps to avoid entrepreneurial burnout.