Interview for OWL GURU On Being a Yoga Therapist

Daniela Silva

There are a few differences between providing yoga services at gyms and studios and working as a yoga specialist––For the latter, on top of having all same type of training, qualifications and insurance one must be more adaptable as each class is essentially tailored obeying certain codes. From personal preferences to country regulations find out 'how is like to be a Yoga Therapist'. 

 

A warm, thanks to Stan Tan from owlguru.com for the opportunity to openly talk about the pros and cons of working as a Yoga Specialist/ Therapist. 

 

Highlights

In London, for instance, star ratings assign substantial importance to customer service. Our clients appreciate a pampering and personal experience. They like, for example, when I consider their ethnicity when choosing their yoga class playlist or remember a personal detail of our last session, e.g. a particular pose they enjoyed. In contrast, in France, the ‘star’ evaluations focus on bedrooms, amenities, and lobbies and are reinforced by the French Government. With that in mind, if I am working in London and I can easily use the ‘treatment room’ to deliver a yoga class, which I do. However, in Paris, I would not be able to do that as comfortably. I had to turn down an important booking because the hotel in which the family was did not have a studio available and could not risk the reputation by letting us use a space that was not designed to teach yoga. In short, I’ve met this client in one property, and when he was in Paris, he assumed that he could have classes there, but because of the star rating requirement, sadly, we couldn’t accommodate his request.

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Networking 
'This job is the perfect way to network. These places give us the rare opportunity of meeting busy people who are in their happiest mode ever and more open to new experiences! They share helpful insights with me that I believe the circumstances facilitate. In other words, perhaps if I’ve met them in a city or an office environment, I would have fewer opportunities to establish a good rapport, but people become spiritual and open when they are happy; that is the best time to develop genuine relationships that transcend the workspace. I kept in contact and developed friendships with a lot of people that had classes with me, which is fine, as long as we respect boundaries and ‘timing. It has to occur naturally, and these days with Google is in fact rude not to accept a Linkedin friend request for example. The managers are aware of and generally ok with it. Yet, I would not recommend this as an initial strategy for someone planning to get into this industry.

People working in the luxury travel business are notorious protective of guests’ privacy and the brand’s reputation, there’s a ‘phase’ that one must first pass to comfortably start to socialize with guests outside work. Anyone in hospitality is good at human psychology, and they can read intentions very well, the higher their position the better their intuition'!

Conflicting industries | Yoga Perception 

Anyone working with this type of business has an intense almost freakish work ethic, and I am no different in this respect. Also, there is a sort of ‘spiritual snobbery’ in the yoga world, with some practitioners believing that teaching yoga at certain places (like five-star hotels or private villas) is a bit of a circus and ‘not really yoga.’ I am certainly biased, but I believe that yoga is a spiritual practice, and it should be available in all different shapes and forms. No one should be excluded from attaining spirituality during their vacation or while staying at The Connaught, and I rebel against this type of judgment I encounter sometimes.

Finally, for me personally, a con in this line of service is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to harmonize it with some of my ambitions, I am finishing my degree in psychology and planning to research yoga as an alternative treatment for depression caused by developmental trauma, but there’s a conflict between places that I am working now (high-end properties) and the population I am trying to reach, for self-explanatory reasons.

Daniela Silva

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The Buzzfeed final rounds! Interview

Daniela Silva

Five Things You Need To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur

A warm, sincere thank you to Yitzi Weiner, Ben Ari and the whole team from 'Thrive Global and Authority Magazine' for the opportunity to openly talk about entrepreneurship and Yoga.  Check out the full Blue House Yoga interview, and you will help me get also published on The Buzzfeed and Entrepreneur.com article!

My fingers crossed! Obrigada! #business #entrepreneurship #wellness #yoga #yogaretreat #interview #founder #challenges #blogger #love #bluehouseyoga

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Why Yoga is the best way to improve your body language

Daniela Silva

Interesting facts: In 1952, anthropologist Birdwhistell (1918 –1994) claimed that all body movements have a specific meaning and obey body grammars compared to spoken communication. He classified our gestures, for instance, in kinemes, which is equivalent to a phoneme, and suggested that with some training, people could develop skills such as reading others like a book or conveying messages like a billboard! 

Power: Body language is a type of nonverbal communication in which physical behaviours are used to convey information. A 'fluent' body language is delivered when we are fully aware of our postures, facial expressions, gestures, eye moviment and have a good capacity to use the space around us. If we never develop our body awareness, we are at risk of using excessively unconscious communication even when trying to deliver a message directly! 

 

 

Why is body language so important?: Because many decisions are based on unconscious levels, which is interpreted and created in the right hemisphere of the brain dominant at perceiving non-verbal indications related to emotions, yet if we don't deliberately try to improve our body expression, we are at risk of being perceived as 'incongruent'. e.g. we've met someone and are not 100% if we like that person or not, even though 'apparently' there was nothing wrong with them! Some psychologists use the term honest signals interchangeably with unconscious communication because these involuntary behaviours often convey emotions while body language can be faked––to an extent! 

Solution: According to extensive research, being present makes body language efficient (because of our honest signals!). To be present is a skill! Any skill, by definition, requires 'practice'. If we think about it, most of us practised 'non-presence for our whole lives, which can escalate into a bigger problem. 

Including yoga in your routine at least twice a week can teach any person to return to the body every time thoughts swipe them out of the room! The benefits are worth a try: to be present in relationships expands love, but the opposite kills trust and attraction. (Did you ever felt sorry for the couple at the next table looking at their phones while eating their food?) 

Awareness exercises such as paying attention to our toes are transferable skills and powerful when applied to meetings, relationships and building rapport. Being present is about paying full attention to what is happening rather than being lost in your thoughts, is about becoming an 'active listener' as oppose to nodding without processing what the person is telling and showing you, is about making people feel comfortable and loved when you are with them. Presence or emotions can't be faked. If you're not fully present in a situation or conversation, others can sense it via subtle signs like micro-delayed reactions. They may feel insulted or think that you're inauthentic, which prevents trust at a gut level! 

If we don't feel satisfied or self-confident, this can also send non-verbal signals, and it is not possible to happy at all times. Still with a solid yoga practice, negative emotions often gain new, more empowering meanings. So the next time you need to use your body to work, your message will be delivered at a conscious and higher level! 

 

Give it a go!

 

Daniela 

 

 

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Transitioning from Liforme to Lakshmi Yoga Mat

Daniela Silva

Hi guys, 

Following the last Vlog on Lakshmi Yoga Mat - Sandy Rose!  find some more details and let me know if you have questions. 

 

 

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This is a review of my new yoga mat. I am now having a break from my beloved Liforme, so expectations are HIGH! But...I am already in love with my Lakshmi Yoga Mat - Sandy Rose! 

Despite the similar superior quality, there are some easy points to make (please return for more reviews, I am just opening it today –March 22th) 

Looks: I prefer Lakshmi design 

Price: £85 Lakshmi x £104.95 Liforme 

Ethical: Yes, both

Colours:Lakshmi has a smaller selection but more beautiful shades

Some facts

Lakshmi

Exceptional cushioning

The 4mm of natural rubber ideally supports your body, takes good care of your knees, provides good cushioning for your back in the savasana pose or while lying for long meditation and makes your ABS workout more pleasant for your spine too.

Natural rubber and wet absorbent PU

185cm x 68cm x 4mm

  • longer and wider than a standard size mat
  • pro-performance, non-slip technology
  • laser engraving
  • PVC-Free
  • Comes with carrier strap 

Liforme Original Yoga Mat 

  • Patented Alignment System
  • Non-slip
  • Eco-friendly and Biodegradable
  • Comes with carrier bag
  •  4.2mm thick

Why I love it so far: 

It's ethically made, minimun, minimum, almost no plastic is used to fabricate this mat! 

Before deciding on your mat, always consider: 

  • Diameter: If it's too skinny, it can be uncomfortable/unpleasant. Too thick, and you'll compromise your connection to the ground (literally- not metaphorically this time ;) and damage your wrists when practising inversions e.g. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog)  Mats range from about 1/7 inch to 1/5 inch. 
  • Material: Above all, pay more for eco-friendly alternatives, such as recycled rubber or cork– it's a safe investment :)
  • Grip: Traction will affect confidence performance, preventing slipping. A good grip is everything I came to learn...
  • Easy clean: The intention is to both lie-down and relax as letting the sweat drip on top of it at any giving opportunity, so you better off buying something that will not absorb smells easily, please! 
  • Weight: Trick one...I have a light, inexpensive one that A. I can forget at the park without freaking out, and B. I can carry around without feeling that it is too heavy on my shoulders. So... heavier mats are often better- as long as you don't have to commute with it in the London Underground or in a Ryanair Flight (let's be optimistic and imagine we can actually do these things!)

I hope you enjoy your mat!

Daniela 

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The Benefits Of A Quick Nighttime Stretching Routine by DANIELLE CHEESMAN

Daniela Silva

Plus, Four Soothing Stretches to Try

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Every instructor of movement emphasizes the importance of stretching, from those in our elementary school gym classes, to the ones leading the barre sessions we take as adults. We  gently pull and press and bend ourselves before and after any activity to avoid injury. And less intentionally—when we wake or have been sitting too long—our bodies instinctively reach, lengthen, and twist. 

As we connect our breath and our bodies, we become more mindful, too. Everyday distractions can often keep us from checking in with ourselves in real time and acting accordingly based on our needs. According to Daniela de Silva, founder of Blue House Yoga, stretching can bring us back to the present moment and can help us recover from the common stresses we endure during the day.

“As we connect our breath and our bodies, we become more mindful, too.”

And if, like me, you’re inclined to nighttime routines, de Silva explains that incorporating a stretching ritual before bed can especially help us return to our bodies and release the accumulation of stress in our fascia and muscles. This will ultimately improve our sleep quality which, de Silva reminds, is strongly tied to our overall health. “A restful night of sleep is one of the strongest pillars for sports performance, wellbeing, and cognition,” she says.

 

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Namaste 

 

D.x 

 

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Sustainable Yogic Growth

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YOUR VIRTUAL STUDIO IS OPEN AGAIN TILL DECEMBER 15TH 2020

NEW SCHEDULE | WHAT'S NEW | POPULAR CLASSES

One of the most controversial traits in my personality is my hyperactivity. I generally don't experience subtle warnings of fatigue nor the desire to sit down or go for a walk. Instead, I keep going until my entire body starts to ache as if I had been in a boot camp or I go to bed at night planning to read a few pages but pass out in such a deep sleep that if someone rings the bell, or if a thunderstorm starts in the middle of the night I wouldn't have a clue.

Given that I am a yoga instructor most find this rather strange! Nonetheless in my experience, most people that I know (including myself) do not practise yoga because they are 'calm', but because they are almost neurotic (just kidding) and they are searching to find something that will give them a little break from thinking, planning, dealing, succeeding etc. while they are still moving! (Don't ask us to 'just' be still, give us 'no choice' but be still)

I am sharing this prior to introducing a new timetable to your Online Yoga Membership which has considerably fewer classes. After long consideration, I took a sincere look at my model and concluded that if I wanted to keep the virtual studio open, a slower pace would be required.



Despite having over 70 different practitioners popping in for classes from April until the beginning of August, life, as we know, started to happen again, therefore, relationships required our dedication, work began, the restrictions eased out, summer arrived and the predictable 'dropouts' started to occur. This combination of events left me with a small group of yogis, who connected religiously three to four times a week (hence my number), all very committed to our classes and also keen on my teaching style (thank you). Together we improved the strength and flexibility of our bodies and souls. For those as for myself, I am returning the activities.

Apart from the number of classes, what is different now is that your membership is 'per household', not per person, and twice a month you can invite a friend to practice with us. Students and also those whose income and mental health were affected by COVID have concession and can easily apply for a discounted rate. Just drop me an email (bluehouseyoga@gmail.com) with the subject concession. There will be no deep questions asked. 

At the start of this program, 10 weekly classes were available, but upon my return to work as a Yoga Specialist at Aman, travels, family and side hustles my drive to keep all my commitments (modelling, breathwork therapy, private teaching) start to prove overly ambitious and I had to admit that I was biting more than I could chew (again) so I pressed pause. With the new schedule, I am confident that things will be sustainable again.

Finally, I have to address Ganesh in the room, as you might have noticed that despite fewer activities the monthly fee remains the same; for what I can only say that I am sorry and understand if you think that this is unreasonable and want to stop your membership. Indeed, there are reliable platforms that offer thousands of classes a week (yet, we can't practice all of them I am afraid) for half of my fee. But again, what I initially set myself to create was a personal service as yoga should be (traditionally the student and teacher must have a relationship for the practice classify as yoga, and as you know, I am always up for that! ) that offers dept over quantity.

In the first paragraph, I described my hyperactivity as controversial, while some think of it as 'plain bad', I perceive it with gratitude because at the end of the day it makes work a little bit harder on my passions and that cannot be a bad thing. Yet, I am striving to take easier (ish) so at the end of the week, my body might feel as if I am a yoga teacher and not as if I am training to audition for American Ninja Warrior (LOL).

PS. Do you know what was voted the most popular class?

Slow Vinyasa Flow

 

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Be the change!

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Building a joyful environment with your yoga practice 

By Daniela da Silva

On 26/12/2012 a young black man got shot in my hometown, his name was Giovane R., My little sister, at the time twenty-one, saw it happening. He died on the spot. Statistically, that was not a big deal, black guys, as we know, are likely to die as victims of violent deaths. Yet, personally, that was very significant in my life, because this young black man happened to be the father of my beloved niece. 

I filter to the maximum the information that I consume and post. I am careful not to escape so much from my main subjects and I expose very little information about my private and family life, but today is an exception. I am sharing things that are most personal because I believe that given what I do (teach yoga) to remain silent would be unethical.

The Sanskrit word Yoga means to yoke, as in harnessing a wild animal to a vehicle. In this analogy, the 'animal' is the unconscious mind in it's primitive and brutal nature, and the vehicle is then the awareness or high consciousness. Thus, the practice of yoga is aiming to bring awareness to our habits, impulses and thoughts. Yoga is an open invitation for the practitioner to become 'aware' of his beliefs and of his impact in this co-shared universe.

Therefore, despite welcoming clients who come to the class to unwind, learn new skills or to shape up their bodies, I ultimately know that the reason why an individual comes to a yoga class is not going to be the same reason of why they decided to stay. At the deepest levels, the practice of yoga will take us to an inner-recognition of not only ours but everyone else's divinity. The physical aspect of the practice is purposeful and it is true, but sooner rather than later the deep changes in the practitioner's perception will occur what will lead them to recognize their divine nature. This can be referred to as Ahimsa, it is the first limb of yoga which stands for nonviolence and non-harming of other living being.  

This week, we as yoga instructors and students must remember ourselves of our responsibility to promote global peace. Other forms of exercise can most definitely promote relaxation of the mind but they don't provide inherited philosophies and spiritual teachings as yoga does. Despite the adaptation that it went through, the yoga essence remains unchanged and therefore it holds the potential to directly impact actions.  

A gym-goer cannot be offered an explicit framework to understand their experiences, but yoga can give meaning to everything we do, hence is ethical at least to raise awareness in the mat and offer our collective practice to the memory of the many black lives lost since the beginning of times. 

Our practice survived to this day so we can be aware of our interconnectedness. We are a co-creators of divinity, acceptance and love. We are destined to reflect a universe designed by our collective thoughts, actions and feelings. So I invite you this week to perceive life through the lenses of this highly sophisticated ancient philosophy, seeing this journey as a 'supreme gift', in which we have as a choice to become a refined version of ourselves, acting from an infinite not hateful perspective. 

Your practice has transformational power and ultimately it has a positive influence over others. In the next flows, we will be dedicating our practice to the creation of a non-violent world because I want to live in a world where more children, like my niece, get to know their fathers and are empowered to feel safe into their skins.

No matter the colour. 

Namaste! 

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Thriving when teaching yoga online. Revision

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Creating your yoga teacher identity in 2020

Revision: March 2021

I start my daily routine as an online yoga teacher opening my email to check for last-minute bookings. After testing the mic, wifi connection and positioning the camera, I glance at our Online Yoga Whatsapp Group for any updates from regulars. Mondays and Fridays I definitely post a story on my Instagram to influence behaviour steering curiosity, anticipation or desire to join a class. Yoga has really adapted well to the modern world!


Lately, to create a stronger group bonding feeling, I started to introduce mantras, what was a gradual process and it's going well.
I believe that most yoga teachers have experienced the awkward moment in which we invite the class to chant an 'OM together' and the feedback is a big silence! Well, at least in a zoom format, we are less exposed and can teach the mantra not worrying as much if the group don't join. Chances are that they will chant, what is great, because helping online yoga students to get involved with other aspects of the practice will convert them into frequent attendees, and with dedication and hard work you might be able to attain loyalty- And in the digital world full of celebrity teachers, free apps and famous studios, loyalty is what will save self-employed fitness and yoga professionals from drowning on the sea of irrelevance.

On the flip side, all this variety offers a huge opportunity for growth for independent teachers, but I can't emphasise more: You'll have to work to create engagement!
Pattabhi Jois (the founder of Ashtanga Yoga) has a full guided class on youtube, yet most Ashtangis are not attending to his (totally free) class because in general, we don't have enough desire to follow a yoga routine without real-time feedback.
The power we have is one of creating real relationships!
So if anyone can go online and be guided at no extra cost or donation-based scheme by no less than Deepak Chopra during their meditation, but still, choose to check-in with their local teacher, this gives us an important clue into human behaviour and more precisely about the power of shared experiences and real-time interaction.



Many yoga instructors feel conflicted when implementing Eastern elements into a modern yoga class, however, to form an identity within the field it is imperative to find ways to communicate some of the essences of this practice; my advice is to find a language to assist you to connect without going over the board because being radical rarely inspires but repels people. Develop your style accepting that most people coming to our classes won't become vegan, neither they care to bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali...Equally, is worth remembering that they came to us and not to a Zumba or CrossFit class so they do crave something a little more than the physical benefits and a little less than full lectures on the Upanishads.

Fine lines, I know.

Going forward you don't have to be the best, but you do have to somehow inspire and connect with your audience, treat them with massive respect and gratitude because the consumer is now more than ever spoil for choice, and if we are not willing to go the extra mile, others, with bigger budgets, will!

In recent conversations with colleagues, I hear the same complaint: 'In the digital era, there's too much work for no nothing' I understand but disagree. If I measure the time that I spent trying to figure out the IGTV dimensions, hashtags, TikTok trends and online marketing by the money I am making, I am screwed! But I am not measuring my efforts in how much cash I am generating, why? Because in the digital era attention is a form of currency, and engagement is the ultimate fortune!

Post it!


If you get 10 likes, ok that is too bad for our egos but ultimately you are building your digital presence for free. In today's world, as uncomfortable as it is everyone is googling you, I guarantee, some of you are using strategies such as 'being invisible on the web as a way to protect your reputations, don't come across as attention-grabbing etc. but depending on the field, people are almost suspicious if you can't be bothered. It gives the impression that 1. you can't do your job as well as Adriene 2. you are hiding something 3. you are disengaged. Yoga teachers fall into that category. Be strategical but post it!

Talking about ego, it is important to build a thicker skin because being ignored over and over again is part of the deal. It's not personal, only the process.

As we progress in our careers we become more confident and able to lead yoga classes with a certain authority that start to define our style and communicate not only our influences but also our personalities. It was like this in a formal environment and crucial when online. Be persistent to form your identity and refine who attend to your classes, because if you attract the wrong guy you might get a bad review, and you don't want that.

In the past, I wanted everyone to love my style, therefore I disappointed people who attended my class to 'relax'. Thank God it was at a gym and the complaint was not on Trustpilot but to the studio manager who happen to be my friend. Before, during and after your online sessions, explain a bit what your class is about. Set expectations correctly because there's nothing worst than tricking sushi lovers into a traditional Italian restaurant, no matter how good the pizzaiolo might be!

Be consistent and aware that your caption is worth a thousand words

Recently I had advice suggesting that my pictures on Instagram were perhaps intimidating and to do more business I should 'appeal for a larger audience.
Wrong! based on my previous experiences. I knew that I was not excluding my clients, but filtering them! Today, I instruct both beginners and advanced practitioners, but they know what they are signed for: a stronger session, arm balances, sweat, progression, transformation. My most sought after class? Inversions on Wednesdays, and the least popular? Yin, I have low attendance because people prefer to hire me to make them stronger, not mellow. Finding your identity as an online teacher is a matter of tuning what you are best at with what your client wants and how they prefer it.

 



An idea that I am working on to create engagement is to 'educate while entertaining', once you have a language to deliver your message and a style as a guideline, use technology to serve your public. In the video below there's a practical example encompassing most of what is in this blog post.
My last but perhaps most important (yet subjective ) tip is to always, always assume that your client is highly insightful and communicate at this level, consumers are becoming intolerant to messages that underestimate their intelligence but open to those who can deliver what they desire. In the digital world, the client will always get what he wants and a good service provider will be characterized by those who can figure out what that desire might be.

Faster than Google.

Daniela da Silva

 

 

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Why Online Yoga and CBT is the right combo for your business

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As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are struggling with their mental and physical health. For many organisations this situation is creating uncertainty and impacting businesses and employees in a number of ways. Since the beginning of the lockdown, the lucky ones who kept their jobs are now unable to implement boundaries between work and home lives. 

There is a growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits and in my personal experience more than ever people are looking to incorporate yoga in their lives as a tool for self-development, not only to rip physical benefits.  

80% of people undertaking Yogatherapy at Blue House Yoga, enquired with work-related problems. Yogatherapy a technic using the continuous practice of yoga, breathing exercises and one-to-one talk therapy, CBT based. 

As we move forward it is crucial to establish a healthy work-life balance in order to lead well-rounded and fulfilled lives, managers and business owners are not always able to tackle emotional issues but research commissioned by Mind.org suggests that work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives. They surveyed 2,000 people and found that over half of managers (56%) said they would like to do more to improve staff mental wellbeing but they needed more training and/ or guidance and 46% said they would like to do more but it is not a priority in their organisation.

Yoga has the potential to promote long-term improvement to work-life balance and real positive change rather than quick-fixes. Below some strategies to implement the practice in peoples lives. 

Format: Online Yoga

Working online enables teachers to charge a fraction of what they would in a face to face environment. This is not a new concept, take for example "MasterClass" the educational platform in which anyone can afford lectures pre-recorded by experts in various fields including Martin Scorsese for example. But the problem of pre-recorded sessions is that it does not allow engagement and that is why online tools fail to hook most of us because it does not offer the real human interaction and feedback, so when offering online yoga classes chose the ones in which real-time interaction is possible. 

Continued yoga practice improves self-awareness and invites mindfulness which will help organise the priorities of life and nurture gratitude.

Chose a teacher that implement spirituality in their sessions. Albeit we are in 2020, streaming yoga classes via zoom it's always good to remember that yoga is not a physical exercise, but a spiritual practice, the physicality is a bonus. 

 

Combining Yoga & Psychology

To effectively help different work cultures and to implement long term positive improvement in both your workplace and home life, I started implementing principles of psychology when delivering my online sessions. Psychology is an approach that helped me to translate and amplify many of the principles of yoga to my clients.  From the beginning of my career, people looking for my services were not precisely the typical 'creative type', much opposite, I work closely with clients that had success in their careers for being analytical and data-driven. It is pointless to mention passages of the 'Bhagavad Gita' when trying to convey the importance of spirituality to a lawyer at his lunchtime! But I notice that it was much easier to grab their attention if during my sessions, for instance, I mentioned Maslow's hierarchy of needs that has at the bottom of the priority our need for self-actualization.

Despite my personal interest in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, I thought it was more adequate to first pursue qualification as a CBT therapist to address problems at the workplace. Last year I completed a level 5 CBT course with distinction and for 2021 I plan to finish my research in the effects of yoga on the symptoms of anxiety. This research combines my passions and is a requirement that I must meet in order to conclude my BSc in psychology with the University of Derby.  

CBT is an effective and relatively quick method for managing anxiety whilst yoga is highly transformative but gradual in nature and progression in the practice takes time. Therefore they are complementary. 

Bringing Yoga to the Workplace

Ensuring you have a healthy work/life balance is the responsibility of the individual as much as the employer. In fact, employers who promote mental and emotional harmony and flexibility in the workplace boost their team’s motivation, productivity and retention. Studies have shown that employers who offer flexible working benefit from a 75% reduction in recruitment costs and sickness absence rates also fall by 25%.

This is a result of individuals being able to manage their own time and incorporate self-care to boost mental health and refresh the body and mind. It is important to remember that work is just as important as life; it installs purpose and also provides a sense of importance and belonging. 

When it is not possible to have flexible hours in your workplace online yoga becomes even more attractive as it can be accessed from home but still as a team what boosts social satisfaction and reinforces the feeling of belonging to a group. Studies show that companies that provide team-building activities have an 85% improvement in internal communication, increased creativity and employee satisfaction. This is because the activities invite social engagement and reduce stress from the workplace.

Online yoga stimulates cognition, self-esteem and reduces anxiety. Yoga and CBT can teach your staff how to change their perceptions and see their cups, indeed as half full. 

To know more about bringing daily online yoga into your workplace, or to find out more about our wellness strategies request today your brochure. 

 

Daniela da Silva  

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What To Pack For A Summer Yoga Retreat!

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Going on your first yoga retreat and not sure what to pack? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Even if you’re a seasoned yogi but have always favoured a winter retreat, follow this checklist to explore the sun and the soul on your summertime retreat. These essentials will ensure you can achieve maximum relaxation and enjoy every last drop of your yoga retreat!

What you pack for a yoga retreat will depend on the style of break you are booked onto. If your chosen retreat is as much about the yoga experience as it is exploring culture or basking in the sun, don’t worry, you can just chop and change the checklist wherever you feel necessary. Follow this list to make your retreat memorable, whatever your chosen type of sanctuary and personal goals. 

Summer Yoga Kit

  1. Yoga Attire

For retreats that offer two sessions per day, a good general rule of thumb is to bring 1 yoga appropriate outfit for every 1.5 days. So, if you’re on a 5 day yoga retreat, 4 lots will be plenty!  This is because you won’t spend all day in your workout gear if you’re also looking to explore or enjoy the sun. You will likely change into swimwear or something casual to wander around in.

Top Tip: If you are embarking on a more intense program, like Bikram yoga or a blended course of yoga and HIIT workouts, you will want to increase this to 1 workout outfit per day. Don’t worry if you have not got a wardrobe full of yoga gear. Loose pants and tank tops, with appropriate supportive layers, will be perfect. If this is your first foray into yoga retreats, read more on our blog or check out this post if you’re nervous! 

  1. Mats

Enquire with your provider whether you need to bring a yoga mat. Most travellers prefer to bring their own mat to ensure that they can focus during sessions. We recommend packing a lightweight mat and if you’re travelling to and from different sessions, a yoga mat carrier will also be essential!

  1. Towels

You’re more than likely going to be practising in the sun, and whilst that sounds utterly fantastic, you’re going to get warm. A little towel to wipe your sweat will ensure you’re not slipping around on your mat.

  1. Water Bottle!

This is a must for every summer yoga retreat! To replenish and rejuvenate your body, you must stay hydrated. You can carry your personal water bottle to daily sessions, out on excursions or wherever you are. As a bonus, this will also cut down on single use plastics, a big issue for the more touristic retreat destinations. Don’t forget to empty your bottle if you want to carry it through hand luggage on your flight home.

  1. Extra Gear

You might be wondering if you can bring your blocks or straps to use in classes. Normally, a yoga instructor will have planned out the session, but straps can be worked into a lot of poses and positions. Just don’t get too concerned with working them into every session. You will have plenty of time for private practice, too. Straps are also a great option if you are new to yoga or haven’t done a week-long retreat before as they will help prevent overextension.

Summer Clothing

  1. Swimwear!

A couple of items of swimwear will allow you to be flexible with your activities. If you plan on visiting the beach or utilising your venue’s pool, a cycle of 2-3 swimsuits will be plenty for a week in the sun!

  1. Day Clothes

This will depend on your personal goals for the week. If you are looking to go out exploring every day, you will want an outfit per day, but most retreats are super casual. We find that guests love to keep things relaxed and tranquil, hanging out in shorts and tees, light dresses or their swimwear.

  1. Nightwear

Again, this will vary massively. If you are on an austere retreat in Goa, the chances are you’re not going to be touring the local nightlife. However, if you’ve opted for something a little more exhilarating, like a Mykonos Yoga Retreat, sampling the bars is part of the experience and has excellent healing and revitalizing properties! Therefore, you might want to pack a dress or a smarter outfit, but sandals will always be fine!

Top tip: Don’t forget a little cross-body or clutch to keep hold of all your personal items when out letting your hair down!

  1. Something Warm

One jacket or a shawl will be enough for any summer yoga retreat. Mornings and evenings might get chilly and if you want to watch a sunrise or end up talking way into the night with new friends, a shawl or sweater will ensure you stay cosy without ruining the fun!

  1. Footwear

Summer is time for sandals! If you intend on soaking up the rays or just relaxing at the accommodation, you’ll probably find yourself barefoot more often than not. Pack 1 pair or flip flops and 1 pair of nicer sandals that are comfortable and versatile.

If you fancy a run or hitting the gym, pack your trainers, too! If you can, save space in your suitcase and wear them on the flight.

All The Extras

  1. Camera

Obviously!

  1. A Backpack or Day Bag

Double up your carry-on bag and bring a backpack or bag that you’re happy to go off exploring with. Ensure it is big enough to carry your camera and water bottle and perhaps a towel if you’re planning to visit the beach.

  1. Sun Care!

Sun cream is absolutely mandatory! A yoga retreat is all about improving your health and protecting your skin is vitally important! Sunglasses and hats are also strongly recommended! Lip balm is also a good idea.

  1. Your Usual Toiletry Kit

Of course, you should pack all the basics, but a yoga retreat is all about nature and healing your body. Don’t feel the need to pack your heavy make-up kit if you don’t want to. Embrace your sun-kissed skin and go to worship your body and connect with yourself!

  1. A Good Book

You’ll have down time for personal meditation, reflection and relaxation on any summer yoga retreat. But what combines a retreat with a summer holiday better than a good book read on the beach or sun lounger?

A yoga retreat is a fantastic excuse to completely digitally detox, so a good book (or three) will be perfect to keep your mind busy in a healthy way.

What To Leave Behind

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, whatever your chosen type of retreat, a summer yoga retreat is a time to unwind and be at peace with yourself and your surroundings. Natural and casual is always the motto, even if you’re venturing into clubs and bars in the evening. Don’t worry about packing heels, heavy cosmetics or anything you don’t feel is utterly necessary.

A negative attitude and any self-consciousness should be completely abandoned. Remember why you booked your trip; it is your time to focus on healing and tranquillity!

Get in touch with Blue House Yoga to book a retreat this summer or for more information about embarking on your personal yoga journey!

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