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Yoga in Corporate
We are living in a fast-developing, information-driven society. Times are exciting on the front of technological breakthroughs, the human brain is being squeezed to its very max in terms of consolidating inward and outward experiences. Parallel to this forever moving 24-hour, 365-day lifestyle, we are experiencing a great fatigue, mostly attributed to stress.
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and innovator of our time, realised this. His last act was to present each person who attended his funeral with the book The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Jobs’ last message was – Actualise yourself.
Corporate Yoga will focus on ’TheMindMatters’ concepts. It will address the fatigue many people experience in their day-to-day life. It aims to focus on the mental, physical and emotional well-being of humans, using Yogic techniques such as breathing exercises, physical postures and meditation. Mind-body connection is rekindled through introspection, and by giving people the opportunity to reflect, in a deep state of relaxation, with synchronised movement, breathing and focus, we allow them to disconnect, rejuvenate and reconnect.
The physical practice is ambitious, it focuses mainly on bringing all the muscles associated with the respiratory system into action, as well as strengthening the spine and becoming more flexible through building strength in every part of the body.
Humans are spending much of their day in an erratic Beta brain wave, which is associated with stress, adrenaline, insomnia, low levels of serotonin and weak immune systems. This damages our system, as the body cannot recuperate itself in Beta. The purpose of Yoga is to move practitioners into Alpha, Theta and Delta states. These are the required states for meditation. Hence, we practice Postures with synchronised breathing, to prepare our body for meditation.
In deeper states and when the mind is in Alpha, Theta and Delta, people can observe their thinking patterns, their anchors, build their sensory acuity and find gratitude. Postures also release tension in the mind and body. “The physical body is mirroring something that is not so physical3”
Beyond the well-being of the individual, Yoga allows for deep relaxation. Relaxation allows for imagination, and “without vision humans will perish4”.
Our society is in need for a biological upgrade, we need the best tools in order to keep up with the this fast pace and make the most of it. These tools will help us slow down, and remain productive in all areas of our life.
At the end of the day it is not only about building strong people, communities and companies, but also about building strong societies with strong values. People, communities and companies that reflect these societal values, will change the world.
4The Bible-Proverbs 29:19