Tucked away in the land of cubicles, your day begins by listening to 10 new voice mails and scrolling through 30 new e-mails. You have reports to finish before the afternoon meeting, and your boss is calling your cell phone.
By 3 p.m. the multi-tasking has taken its toll. Your focus and productivity are waning. Instead of grabbing another cup of coffee, you could do what hundreds of successful organizations are now promoting: desktop yoga.
Julie Lusk, president of Cincinnati-based Wholesome Resources and a yoga instructor since 1977, has written Desktop Yoga and travels coast to coast presenting workshops and retreats to individuals and groups, including Procter & Gamble, United Health Care and the National Wellness Conference.
A desktop yoga workshop begins with initiates learning to do a combination of stretches (at your desk, hence the name) to relieve tension in the neck, shoulders, wrists, face, back and legs.
Ways to increase energy, jump-start creativity and minimize frustration are also taught. Lusk teaches how to take a two-hour nap in two minutes.
"I loved yoga and knew it had a place in the office," she says.
More companies are taking Lusk's lead and realizing that by decreasing their employee's stress they're increasing their bottom line. If you're interested, look for a revised copy of Desktop Yoga to be released soon and look forward to saying goodbye to stress.
CONTACT CHERA SCHWEITZER: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on desktop yoga, visit www.wholesomeresources.com.