One Small Thing-Bringing Yoga to Our Workday

We’re excited to be part of a new journal series called ”One Small Thing” that our brilliant friend Susan from House of Brinson organized. Once a month we’ll be writing about a small change we’re making in our lives/routines that will help the environment, ourselves, our families, or our communities. We’ll be writing about topics ranging from health and wellness, food, interior design, and a more sustainable lifestyle alongside several of friends in the design industry and sharing with all of you!

For our inaugural post in this series, we decided to write about our newest weekly practice in the studio-lunchtime yoga! I used to be a much more dedicated yogi when we lived in Florida and Nebraska, but after moving to Philly four (!) years ago, I really fell off the wagon. I would attend classes here and there, but nothing regular, and goodness have I started to feel the effects. I have gained weight, lost flexibility and had more aches and pains than I used to. I’ve been making small resolutions and changes as I’m approaching my 40th birthday in 6 months and one of them is to dedicate myself to more physical activitiy in general and to also get back into my regular yoga practice. Because if I am being honest, yoga and mindfulness/meditation have SAVED MY LIFE. With all the stress, uncertainty, and dynamic environment of owning my own business, I would be a wreck without the tools to help me be present, take a deep breath, and reset my brain when things get crazy.

In May we hired our first employee, Krishna, who is our junior designer, and we’re set to hire another person in the near future. As I’ve been building my team, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an employer and what I want the culture of our business to be. Things like fair pay, good benefits, and a positive and nurturing work environment are all at the top of my list. I’m still figuring it all out, but I recently had the thought that perhaps some yoga could be great for our team as well, and the idea was well received! So every Thursday around noon we’re taking some time away from the studio to walk over to our local yoga studio, Yoga Brain to reset and relax. We’re hoping this will make us more productive, creative, and generally just break things up a bit for us. The yoga studio is only a 15-minute walk from the office, which is the perfect time to connect with nature in our beautiful neighborhood as well.

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If you’ve fallen out of your yoga practice and wishing you could pick it back up, I encourage you to just start. One day a week or month. Just showing up on your mat makes a world of difference, and who knows where it will lead. If you’re looking for a yoga studio in your area, some good resources are:

https://www.yogaalliance.org/Directory

http://placestoyoga.com/

I’ve also used https://www.glo.com/ in the past for a home practice or while traveling. If you’re looking for a good meditation app, I’ve used Headspace before and it’s been great. There are tons of them our there if that one is not a good fit for you.

Alright friends, that’s it for this month! I’d love to hear what you do to unwind? Is there something that’s been on your list of intentions that you want for yourself in this season?

Small business owners, how are you building teams and creating business cultures that support the type of business you want to run?

Be sure to check out posts from our other wonderful friends below who are making similar small changes in their lives, there are so many good tips, I can’t wait to see all the good tidbits of small changes that we can make that will hopefully add up to big changes in our world!

Much love,

Nicole


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