Tune in Tuesday

“In truth, yoga doesn’t take time—it gives time.” – Ganga White

Light Crystal and Aromatherapy
Tune in Tuesday

One of my coworkers recently became a yoga instructor and began setting up quick 10-minute meditations at work each week. Depending on the day, she’ll set up a Mindful Monday, Tune in Tuesday, or Reflection Friday guided meditation. It’s such an impactful way to take a break at work, and I feel like it gives me so much time back into my day because I have more energy to accomplish my tasks. I discovered the benefits of yoga and meditation a little over a year ago, so when I heard she was becoming a certified yoga instructor, I was so excited! Here’s what happened when we started incorporating Tune in Tuesday into our schedules:

First, meet Bri! She has a gold mine of yoga and self-care knowledge, has a caring soul, and always knows how to make anyone laugh by inserting the funniest dad jokes into conversations. You should totally follow her yoga journey on Instagram, by the way. 🧘🏼‍♀️

Bri stretching and pretending to hold the Hollywood sign in the distance
Bri, Yoga Instructor

At first, I was unsure of what to expect from Tune in Tuesday, as every instructor has their own style. When I’m ready for a break at work, I normally take a walk around the building or step outside for some fresh air. A lot of the times, I end up sitting at my desk and working through breaks without realizing how much time has passed, which I’ve tried to get out of the habit of doing.

When it was time for our guided meditation, I went to the conference room and was instantly surprised by how relaxing the space felt. It didn’t feel like we were at work. Bri had her crystal bowl, steel drum, aromatherapy diffuser, and light crystal set up on the table along with some meditation tracks playing in the background. The lights were off and it felt like a safe, peaceful space.

It was so calming to unwind and not have to think about anything for 10 minutes. She chose lavender as the scent for the session and came around to add a few drops to our wrists to rub together. As she did this, Bri asked us to name our favorite color. Each session, she chose a different scent and question. Then, we began to do one of my favorite yoga breathing techniques: nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing). If you haven’t tried this—oh my gosh—please try it after you read this! It feels like you’re healing your mind and it’s a great way to ease anxiety. Yoga with Adriene has a video to guide you through it. ☺️

We closed our eyes while she played her crystal bowl and steel drum. It’s incredible to me how the sounds of different frequencies travel through our bodies to put us at ease. During the meditation sessions, I feel like I’m not even sitting in a conference room or that I’m even at the office at all. I feel like I’m being transported to a different place.

When the meditation was over, she thanked us and I felt restored. It was so much easier to go to back to my desk with a clear head and heart. I could feel any negative or discordant energy leave me in that moment.

The important thing to remember is that self-care is pivotal to our overall health. I’m fortunate enough to work at a great company with truly amazing people, but we all need to take time out of our days to show appreciation towards ourselves. If you work full time like me, we spend over 8 hours a day—sometimes much more—at the office (most likely in front of computer screen all day). If you don’t take the time to care for your mental and physical health, then it can easily catch up with you in a corporate schedule. It can be difficult to find your center or get back to “normal” if you forget to incorporate self-care into your routine. The overwhelm itself can feel unbearable, which is why taking 10-15 minutes a day is all you need to keep a healthy, balanced mind. Yoga and meditation can also lower blood pressure, make you feel less anxious, relieve stress, and the list goes on.

So, on this Tune in Tuesday, I invite you to take 10 minutes of your day to focus on yourself and do something that will benefit you. What will you do to give back to yourself today?

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