For some people, working from home is a dream come true. After all, what could be better than rolling out of bed and arriving at your home office within minutes, without having to take off your slippers, make yourself look presentable, or waste any time in traffic?
It sounds like a dream on paper, however, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come without its stresses – especially now that the world is in lockdown and lots of working families are having to work from home with their children.
Not to mention the endless distractions we all experience at home, alongside the absence of structure. You might be feeling lack of boundaries of when to start working (and stop), when to get up and go to sleep, when to have breaks, when to log off social media, when to keep the kids entertained, and the list goes on.
At Kaya, we believe that one of the best ways to de-stress whilst working from home is to implement a daily routine that includes making time and space for Yoga and Pilates, which often include meditation and breathing techniques. All four of these practices work wonders on your body, but also on your mind!
Implementing yoga and Pilates Melbourne into your working-from-home routine will help you create a connected body and mind relationship, where concentration, focus, and meditation come together to help boost your mental health. The movements we execute during both practices trigger the release of happy chemicals in our body, including serotonin, cortisol, and endorphins. And trust us- during a time where all social events are cancelled and we can’t see out family and friends – happy chemicals are very much needed!
Breath-work is also an integral part of yoga and Pilates Melbourne. By focusing on connecting our breath to each movement, we allow our central nervous system to slow down, which has a calming effect on the body, something many of us are craving during this uncertain time.
Whenever our students are struggling with postures, we tell them to bring their awareness back to their breath. This can also translate to stress management well after class has finished, as it reminds us to breathe through the stresses of lockdown and the chaos that can come with it.
You might have also noticed that your sleeping pattern is completely out of whack since this lockdown began (we know ours has been). Both Pilates and yoga can help combat insomnia as the exercises and movements we do during class help to slow down the central nervous system, helping you to switch your mind off and get better rest.
At Kaya, whilst we won’t be seeing you in our yoga and Pilates classes in Melbourne, we are keeping our students and followers motivated and energized during this time of self -solation through offering online ‘Kaya at Home’ classes.
We offer both yoga and Pilates classes for our students, working with meditation and breathwork as well to help keep everyone calm (and sane) during these stressful times of self-isolation. For more information, click here.