The Power of Breath In Business

We all breathe. We don’t have to think about it. It is a natural function and is necessary for us to survive.

Without changing your breath, notice how you are breathing.  Are you breathing fast, short breaths or are you breathing at a slow and relaxed rate?  Depending on our nervous state, this can affect our breathing rhythm at rest. 

Have you ever noticed your heart rate increase and your breath shortening if you have a job interview or are about to speak at a conference or in the Board Room? 

This shortness of breath can impact on your ability to think clearly.

If you can train your body to breath effectively then this can help you make better decisions.

Deep, slow breathing can increase vagal nerve activity.  The vagal nerve is the tenth cranial nerve which contains nerve fibres, of which approximately 80 % are sensory and carry information to the brain. In addition, if we can manage our heart rate this can also lead to improved decision making.

If you find yourself starting to get anxious, notice your heart rate increasing and your breath shortening try this breathing exercise:

3 Part Breath

Part 1:

Sit tall, close your eyes. Notice how you are breathing.  Place both hands on your tummy, inhale to the full capacity of your lungs so that you feel your diaphragm pushing your tummy into your hands, slowly exhale all the breath out of your lungs, repeat 3 times.

Part 2:

Place your hands at the sides of your ribs, inhale a slightly shorter breath compared to Part 1 and feel your lungs expanding, exhale completely and slowly. Repeat 3 times.

Part 3:

Place your fingertips on your collarbones inhale into the top part of your lungs. This is a short breath. Exhale completely. Repeat 3 times.

Relax your arms and now breath into the bottom of your lungs, mid-lungs and top of your lungs and exhale the breath away. Now breath naturally and notice if there is a difference in your mind.

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Improve Productivity at Work with Yoga & Meditation

Are you reading this article with tired shoulders or have an aching back?

Sitting at a desk or travelling for long periods not only leads to pains in the hips, back and neck it also can leave us feeling mentally tired. As a result, you may find your productivity takes a hit.

Do you think Yoga is just for hippies and doesn’t have a place in business? It is time to think again. 

There are several studies showing that by incorporating wellbeing into your working day you can improve your productivity.

Last October, Aegon published a study that revealed over four million days are taken off by employees every year due to worries. Employees also revealed stress can cost them up to two hours of productive output per day. This productivity hit is estimated to cost businesses in the UK £1.6 bn each year.

Workplace stress isn’t just for people who work for Corporates. Small start-ups can be more stressful places to work, since everyone is doing several roles at once in order to get the business off the ground.

Research carried out by Reward Gateway revealed that 52 % of UK employees would choose a company that cared about their wellbeing over a company that offers a higher salary.

Yoga Warrior Online offers businesses the opportunity to provide their employees with a platform for them to take ownership of their own wellbeing. With this tool, business people can do their yoga, meditation and relaxation in their office, hotel room or at home.

Consider the following 4 ways that Yoga Warrior Online can help to improve your productivity and that of your employees:

Improved Sleep

Yoga can calm a busy mind, reduce stress and help you get rid of unwanted tension. The breathing exercises may encourage you to relax, so you’re more likely to drift off when you go to bed. Research shows that yoga can help you sleep for longer, improve your sleep quality and make you feel better during the day.

Stress Reduction

Yoga is also very good for business people, as it allows you to be in the moment instead of worrying about all the things you have to do. I use breath work and meditation during my working day, as well as doing a daily yoga practice, to help keep me grounded. This helps to keep my stress levels down and dedicate all of my focus on each task in my busy diary.

Allievate Aches & Pains

Yoga can strengthen your joints so that you can move them more easily. It is a good form of exercise if you spend your day sitting or typing. It is great to alleviate aches and pain in the wrists and to strengthen them since many of the poses require some weight-bearing on the hands.

Clarity of Thought

You can practise yoga and breathing exercises at home in the evenings or whilst sitting at your desk. For those days where you can’t manage to get out of the office for some fresh air, a short meditation at your desk or some breath work can improve your mental clarity and give your brain that extra boost.

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