FEBRUARY 13, 2020 (Derry, NH) – According to a 2019 survey by Wrike, 94% of American workers report experiencing stress at their workplace. Another survey, by Dynamic Signal, revealed that 63% of U.S. workers are ready to quit their jobs due to stress. Many of us spend one-third of our lives working so it’s safe to say your job can make a huge impact on your wellbeing.
From chef-prepared meals to chair massages and in-office gyms – many workplaces around the state are adding perks to the workplace to enrich an employee’s day. But what about those workers who report feeling stressed, anxious, or exhausted? A local yoga instructor Peggy Nolan from Derry, New Hampshire has an answer for employers looking to refresh and revive their employees – guided yoga nidra meditation.
Yoga nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice. Also known as “yogic sleep,” the body is completely relaxed in a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, induced by a guided meditation. Evidence shows that yoga nidra helps to relieve stress. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States Army endorsed yoga nidra as a complementary alternative medicine for chronic pain in 2010 and the practice has been used with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“The beauty of yoga nidra is that it’s for everyone. You don’t need any equipment; you don’t need to have any experience with yoga or meditation. You just lie down and let me guide you,” shared Nolan.
Nolan has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, but her role as a full-time Principal Global Cybersecurity Specialist in the corporate world that made her realize that yoga nidra could be a benefit to the workforce.
“My goal is to bring this gift of relaxation to major corporations as a wellness benefit to their employees,” shared Nolan. “Experts say 45-60 minutes of yoga nidra a day is the equivalent of 4-5 hours of restful sleep. Imagine the work that can be done with a well-rested workforce.”
Interested companies and employees can contact Peggy at email@example.com for more information.
Join Peggy every Thursday (Apr 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28) evening for Yin & Yoga Nidra. You’ll slow down, stretch out, and sink into deep relaxation and rest.
Through years of self-study, consistency in my yoga practice, and maybe a large helping of stubbornness, I found my voice. I found my center. I made peace with my pieces. I stopped looking outside myself for approval. I stopped second guessing myself. I stopped beating myself up for mistakes. I released the baggage I’d been carting around for decades.
Today’s tip to reduce stress: Find a quiet spot. Sit comfortably on a cushion or…