A Different Kind of Power Lunch
Partly for my own selfish reasons, we’ve introduced noon “Power Lunch” yoga classes to our regular schedule at International Orange.
With ten years of yoga practice under my belt, I’m in a place where a shorter, more concentrated class packs a vital punch, especially in the middle of my workday. Most standard yoga classes range from 90 minutes to two hours, but that time commitment doesn’t always work for me. A solid hour of no-nonsense physical yoga serves a couple of purposes.
First, it resets my day. I often find that when I step away from the tasks at hand, I get a clarified view of the bigger picture that lets me come back to work creatively re-energized. Like I mentioned in my last blog about yoga, the simple act of hanging upside down and breathing is a great way to “drop my brain” and get rid of all the clutter. Then, the solutions to my daily problems can shine through.
Metabolically speaking, throwing some physicality into my afternoon keeps me on track to eat healthier and sleep soundly that night. Yoga reminds me to take better care of myself.
And, when I can’t rationalize spending an hour outside in the sunshine in the middle of my day, I can at least lounge in the sunny yoga studio at IO. Not that our somewhat rigorous Power Lunch classes necessarily constitute “lounging”. But if I’m lucky, I’ll chance upon one of those golden moments where I feel calm and at peace with my universe. I love those moments.
Whether that sense of peace comes from the relaxing exhaustion of physical exertion, the joy and harmony of chanting “OM”, or simply the time spent focused on me, it feels awfully good.
Now that’s my idea of a Power Lunch.
Food for thought,