Recent health care reforms show more companies than ever are proactively looking for ways to support the wellbeing of their employees — and what better way than yoga? In addition to serving the function of both body and mind, yoga is a practice that can be done with very little space, minimal equipment, and an avoidable wardrobe change in a desk-format. This wellness practice seems like a pretty obvious choice. But before the first class is introduced, yoga teachers need to think through the dynamics of the workplace and adjust how they teach so their offering is legal, appropriate, and safe.
I know it’s easy to think, “Hey, yoga is yoga, what is so different about teaching in companies?” or, “A lot of my students have corporate jobs, what’s the big deal?” When I first started offering corporate yoga through my company Balance Integration over 10 years ago, I realized a LOT had to be taken into consideration and modified. When I share these insights through our teacher intensives, even teachers who are former corporate executives, or work with corporate folks in studios or 1:1s, are surprised by how much more is at stake.
It first occurred to me that yoga teachers need guidance on how to serve in corporate or work settings about a year into teaching in corporations. At the time, Balance had grown from offering just a few classes in NYC to working in locations around the country. This growth forced us to go from me teaching every class, to building a team of top-notch instructors. One day, I dropped by a midday class another teacher on our team was teaching and observed the following: Continue reading >> HuffPost