Teaching office yoga in and around Washington, DC and Arlington, VA since 2006, I have acquired a stat that often boggles my mind. Usually only about 5-10% of the onsite employees participate in office yoga classes.
Regardless of whether the company fully sponsors the office yoga classes or the individual employees partially or fully pay, the participation isn’t as great as many think. The former (where the company pays 100% for office yoga) is the biggest mind blower for me…free yoga in the middle of the work day and you pass it up?!?!?
Despite the statistic I just shared, it delights me to see the attention and press office yoga continues to receive. It’s my hope between this recently published work “From Yoga Mat to Corner Office” (see below for a recent review) and books like Google: Search Inside Yourself and Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership that office yoga attendance will increase.
Book Review From Yoga Mat to Corner Office: A Mindful Approach to Business Success
“It may seem counter intuitive, but high-pressure, hard-driving tactics don’t necessarily produce highly successful careers. Yvonne James Furth and Molly Rudberg-Leshnock take a fresh look at the most effective strategies for professional and personal success in From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office: A Mindful Approach to Business Success (Highpoint Executive Publishing).
We live in an extremely fast-paced, technological world that is constantly spinning us in new directions, forcing us to double down on commitment, intensity, and the stress that comes with it. It doesn’t have to be that way. From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office illuminates a far more successful approach to business – one of mindfulness, flexibility, grace, focus, and a balancing of mind/body/spirit health. Whether the reader is a seasoned yogi or someone who has just picked up the book, From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office is packed with useful wisdom, strategies and daily practices for achieving more prosperity, flexibility and joy along the road to a fulfilling career.
Authors Furth and Rudberg-Leshnock offer a new way to create and sustain business culture and communication. Drawing on extensive research and an exclusive survey of successful business executives, they offer their own wisdom along with valuable perspectives from successful leaders in cutting edge, global organizations such as WalMart, Google, Facebook, Kohler, and more.”
Ending on a positive note, I will share another more upbeat stat…more men are practicing yoga than when I first started teaching. This isn’t just an observation I’ve seen in the office yoga classes I teach and private yoga instruction (in-home yoga) I offer. I’ve noticed it as well in the yoga studio classes I attend in the DC area. There’s definitely been a shift in the male/female ratio. Here’s to positive change in 2015.