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Beth Shaw

YogaFit Founder Studio Instructor International Trainer Published Author and Lecturer

Beth's background training includes White Lotus Hatha Yoga Certification, Integrative Yoga Therapy Certification, UCLA Fitness Program, Reiki Healing Certification, Reebok Cycling Instructor Certification, IPSB Massage Technician Certification and a B.S. in Health Marketing from CW Post LIU. Her personal success in health and fitness inspired Beth to create YogaFit, a fitness program combining the very best fitness exercises with yoga's traditional focus and stretching exercises. In 1994, Beth opened her own YogaFit signature studio in Hermosa Beach, California. Beth has authored the number one selling book for Human Kinetics, Beth Shaw's YogaFit and she has been published in numerous fitness publications, such as SELF, FIT, Yoga Journal and Club Business International.

Beth is the yoga expert for Fitlinxx.com and a contributing content editor for Dr. Barry Sears, PhD "The Zone" website, championjogbra.com and Personal Trainer on the net website. She has appeared on national television and held seminars and lectures throughout the United States and Europe. Beth is a Master Presenter for Fitness Conventions worldwide.

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Yoga Helps Stress on the Job

Stress on the Job – an overview

Long Hours, Deadlines, finances, politics, personalities, and confinement – let’s face it - working is stressful. Most employees deal with their stress with a break of some kind and usually not a healthy one; the extra café latte, a cigarette, a few martinis after work. Whatever they can do to wind down; blow off some steam and attempt relaxation.

If you are a person who sits for 8-10 hours a day, you deal with a lot more stress than many people will ever see. Learning a better way to relax and get healthy is not always an easy solution. Many times the people who need to unwind the most will not even make the time to go into the gym. “Too busy” “don’t want to get sweaty “ “No Time”. These are comments often heard from corporate workers.

Results of Stress on the Job

Employee turnover, Absenteeism and Stress Related Illness are all results of stress that does not get released properly – mentally as well as physically. Something that a cup of coffee, a cigarette, a drink or even sometimes an aerobics class or weight training session will not accomplish. Why? Again because stress needs to be released physically as well as mentally. Most stress is a mental pressure exerted onto our physical bodies. Especially in the corporate setting where people are working furiously with their minds, not their bodies. To go into a gym and just work the physical body is still unbalanced. The body and the mind need to be worked and brought together for a sense of peace, calm and relaxation.

An answer

Try yoga at the workplace and/or right at your workstation with a few stretches of your own or a quiet meditation. Yoga is the perfect tool for transforming the workplace into a less stressful, more peaceful environment. The nature of the practice is physical and mental – focus, concentration, discipline and a state of oneness stem come from and are needed to practice yoga. The results and components get better with regular practice and the by-product is a better physical body and more relaxed mindset.

Contact your HR Department to see if there is a corporate yoga program at your work. If not, contact a local yoga studio to find out if they offer corporate yoga classes.

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