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Yoga at Your Desk:
A Guide to Reducing Stress

10- Step Anti-Stress Campaign

To help you get the most from your training materials, you’ll receive a copy of the Leader’s Guide. It will show you how to introduce the materials to your staff in a positive and motivating way. How to reinforce important points in the booklet. Plus techniques to keep the message fresh long after the booklets have been distributed.

Best of all, you don’t have to be a professional trainer to use the program because the Leader’s Guide includes discussion topics, activities, trainer’s tips, and more.

Read the sample below to see how much useful information is packed into a brief section of this guide.

Why does yoga work?

While other stress management techniques can take you away from the immediate source of stress — whether it’s customer phone calls, or coworkers, or onsite customers — they don’t necessarily get the stressful situation out of your mind.

While you are walking around, you might still be occupied by something that happened on the phone or in the office. With yoga, part of every practice is the focus and concentration that go along with it. So when you are doing the yoga postures or exercises, whether it’s neck and shoulder rolls, eye relaxers, or simple breathing exercises, you are doing them with focus and concentration, allowing you to detach yourself from the situation that might have been causing you stress.

With concentration, you are continually bringing your mind back from other distractions to focus on the exercise. That concentration and focus on what you are doing is the major difference between yoga and other techniques for stress management.

You might be tempted to get your team together to practice these yoga postures and exercises as a group, whether as part of a training session or on an extracurricular basis. But, in general, yoga isn’t really a group sport. The minute you make it a group practice, there’s the temptation to become competitive, and some people might become self-conscious and not participate.

The beauty of many yoga exercises is that they can be done individually and right at one’s desk. By practicing on their own, your staff is always working at their own tempo, at their own pace, and they are doing just what they can do in the time they have available.

Also, by keeping it at the individual workstation, the practice is integrated into the work day in the most natural way. This also encourages individuals to recognize when their level of stress requires attention, and it allows each person to control when and how they deal with their own stress levels.

 

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