Live or Pre-Recorded Wellness Classes: Which is right for your company?

Live or Pre-Recorded Wellness Classes: Which is right for your company?

Here in today’s corporate wellness landscape, companies everywhere are transitioning their on-site employee wellness offerings to virtual programs, or they may be seeking this type of programming anew as a means to support their employees through this challenging time.

If you’re in the field of human resources or employee benefits and are exploring virtual wellness solutions for your team, the number of choices available out there can seem a bit daunting. One question that often arises is how to decide between livestream and pre-recorded classes. Here are a few benefits of each:

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5 Tips to Help You Embrace the “Pandemic Pause”

5 Tips to Help You Embrace the “Pandemic Pause”

The Covid-19 pandemic has put many aspects of life as we know it at a stand-still and required us to quickly adapt to a change in routines. Many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands, while others may continue to have a full slate of obligations to fulfill related to work and family. Perhaps you are still trying to figure out what self-care looks like for you in this “new normal”. Fortunately, there are many ways to stay connected with the 8 dimensions of well-being, even while navigating this challenging time.

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How an Emphasis on Wellness can Reduce Isolation at Work

How an Emphasis on Wellness can Reduce Isolation at Work

In the modern world, we are more connected than ever. Our friends, family and co-workers are just a text, email, or social media comment away. Yet still, according to one study, 72% of American adults feel some sense of loneliness, while 31% identify feeling this way at least once per week. Though older/retired individuals, a population we might more readily think of as being affected by loneliness, may be included here, a significant portion of this population is in our workforce, including corporate environments.

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Tips for Working with Habit from the Yogic Tradition and Beyond

Tips for Working with Habit from the Yogic Tradition and Beyond

They say it takes 28 days to change a habit… (or sometimes 21, or more) – it all depends who you ask. And while there may be some evidence to support these claims, the truth is – it’s different for everyone.

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The 8 Dimensions of Well-Being & How to Stay Connected with them at Work

The 8 Dimensions of Well-Being & How to Stay Connected with them at Work

“Well-being” – it’s a somewhat ubiquitous term that describes the state of being characterized by one’s overall degree of health, prosperity, and contentment. Often preceded by an even more universally understood term, “health”, well-being is about making adjustments to your routines that allow you to live life to its fullest capacity. It’s about cultivating positive self-regard and making conscious choices, not only for ourselves, but also for the benefit of others and the world we live in.

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Restorative Yoga for Winter Wellness

Restorative Yoga for Winter Wellness

As we move head-on into the holidays, it’s not uncommon to hear colleagues, friends (and even ourselves!) talk about a heightened experience of busy-ness.

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Chair Massage at Work: How You and Your Employees Can Benefit

Chair Massage at Work: How You and Your Employees Can Benefit

As time goes on, more and more employers are catching on to the reality that offering on-site wellness services in some form is a smart choice not only for their employees, but for their company’s bottom line. In fact, according to a recent study, nearly half of all US workplaces offer some type of health & wellness program to their employees – and that number will only continue to grow in the future.

For years now, some of the highest performing workplaces, from Fortune 500 companies to small, locally-owned businesses, have turned on-site chair massage to help their staff de-stress and maintain overall good health.

If your company were to choose one single perk to start offering employees, we think chair massage is an excellent go-to. Here’s why:

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7 Reasons to Practice Vinyasa Yoga

7 Reasons to Practice Vinyasa Yoga

Originally published on http://www.doyouyoga.com by Samantha Allen

With unfamiliar names like “Ashtanga,” “Bikram,” and “Vinyasa,” it can be hard for beginners to keep all the schools of yoga straight. But if you can remember that Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement,” you’ll know everything you need to about this fantastic style.

Whether you’re just starting out with yoga, or you’re looking to try something new, there are tons of great reasons to try Vinyasa—which is one of the most popular styles among yogis of all experience levels.

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The Story of Yoga

The Story of Yoga

We humans, we love stories.  I read this this engaging article, featured by Power More Dell that discusses the importance of a good story when developing a company face. It brings up many good points and, as a corporate yoga instructor, I would love to discuss them, because developing a culture of healthy and passionate employees is part of a good origin story. But I’ll save that for another blog post.

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Stabilize Your Wrists: Child’s Pose

Anatomy 101: 8 Poses to Strengthen Your Wrists + Prevent Injury

Originally Published on yogajournal.com by Ray Long, MD

Each time you vinyasa your wrists bear weight. Without the proper support, this can lead to injury. Use these poses to help build strength in your wrists and core.

The key to protecting your wrists is—surprise!—a strong core. Evidence-based medicine demonstrates that a strong core can increase the efficiency of your rotator cuff muscles, which stabilize your shoulders, and decrease the load that is transferred to your wrists. Picture the ubiquitous Down DogChaturangaUp Dog-Down Dog sequence. Each time you repeat it, your wrists bear weight throughout. Over time and without proper support from the core and shoulders, this can lead to injury.

Use this simple four-step program to strengthen your core, rotator cuff, and wrist muscles. Step four integrates steps one through three into Down Dog. Ease into all of these poses using smooth gradual engagement of the muscles. Prepare the body in this sequential way, maintain awareness of the core-cuff-wrist connection, and infuse these actions into every vinyasa to keep your wrists healthy and pain-free.

Note: People with wrist pain should consult a medical professional. Avoid weight-bearing in the wrists until pain subsides.

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