Do you feel like there are never enough hours in the day? I know I am always thinking, “I could get so much more done if I didn’t have to waste time sleeping!” But the sad truth is that without sleep I’d be pretty much useless. I take the time to get a good night’s rest, and in the morning I’m much more productive because of it.
Of course, I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity even more. You might be surprised, but I found something that helps: Yoga. You might be thinking, “If I take time away from my day to practice yoga, I’ll get even less done.” But yoga can be very similar to sleep. If you take the time to do it, you’ll actually be upping your capacity for accomplishing things.
When you get up in the morning, do you take a moment to raise your arms above your head and just stretch? It feels good because it helps get your blood circulating. Yoga is essentially more advanced stretching. There are lots of different poses and practices that help get your blood flowing. This will help your body release more endorphins, and it will help relieve tension and stress in your body. Think about it – yoga will get your blood flowing, make you happier, and take away some of your stress. Those are precisely the things you need to increase your productivity.
In order to get the benefits from yoga, it doesn’t require you to spend a great deal of time mastering the most difficult yoga regimen. If you take only half an hour per day to practice yoga, you should feel a big difference from it. When you wake up in the morning, set aside some time to do some yoga, even if you have to wake up half an hour earlier. If it could help you do more throughout the day, it’s worth a try, right? If you can’t motivate yourself to do it, join a yoga class and practice with an instructor a few times per week. There are classes for all skill levels, and you don’t have to be super flexible or in shape to do yoga. As you do it, your flexibility and overall health will increase, too.
Yoga in the Workplace
It may seem like a trend for health nuts, but more employers across the country are seeing the benefit of yoga for productivity and encouraging their employees to do it. They might offer space, time, or instruction for employees who are interested in it. The extra time you have on your lunch break would be perfect for doing a little yoga. If you’re interested, speak to your employer about the productivity benefits of yoga. If you work at home, try taking a small break during the day to do a few different poses and stretches. It’s a great way to refocus your mind and refresh yourself.
If you give yoga a try and it isn’t your thing, that’s okay. The lesson to be learned here is that a little stretching and exercise can go a long way toward increasing your productivity, even when you have to take some extra time to do it.
Vanessa Petrov is a personal trainer and fitness guru with a love for soccer and writing who was born in Bulgaria. She is also a grammar fanatic and rarely lets anyone see her work without first proofing it with a grammar checker. She recently enrolled in accent reduction courses to help perfect her english so that she may better interact with her clients.