Corporate Yoga Classes

Be ready for beginners corporate classes

One of the wonderful things about yoga in today’s modern world is that it has made its way out of the studios and is taught in a variety of settings. Corporate yoga has taken off, with many taking advantage of classes offered at their office. Corporate yoga is seen by employers as a way to contribute to employees’ overall health but it’s also a great way to help employees work better together and improve their perceptions of their job as well as feel positive about their employer.

As yoga classes can be a low cost investment (compared to other larger wellness initiatives) it’s no surprise that many employers are jumping on the yoga bandwagon. But what does that mean to yoga teachers? If you’re teaching yoga in a studio, does that translate well to an office setting? Should you offer the same sequence as in a corporate class? What about the liability aspect of teaching outside a studio? Here are some tips for teaching yoga in a corporate setting:

Be ready for beginners. Students in corporate classes may be unfamiliar with yoga and may be using the offer of in-office classes as a way to try it. If you only teach an all-levels or advanced sequence, dilute what you’ve got to the basics. I often use a 6 or 8 class corporate series of classes to teach students alignment (as in a workshop) so that when we’re done with the series, they are armed with valuable information they can take to any class they attend.

Bring mats, even if they say they have them. The negotiation of a corporate gig is an article unto itself, but generally speaking, even if the host says they will have mats, bring at least four. People inevitably forget them and you don’t want a student to miss out, simply because they left their mat at home.

Focus the sequence on opening the chest, shoulders and hips.  People that sit all day in front of computers will be permanently hunched forward. They’ll also have a chin that juts forward of the sternum and tight hips and lower back. Present poses that open the chest, hips and shoulders and let them know why you’re doing these movements and the benefit of each.

Leave the complex arm balances and twists for your workshops. Outside of special requests, give students a general sequence that stretches, strengthens and relaxes. Along with many students who are beginners, these classes are often taught mid-day and students need to hop off their mat and back to work. Exhausting them and leaving them in a pool of sweat may not be conducive to their transition back to their desk.

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