Yoga, the new choice in hobnobbing! The New York Post has a piece on the practice of workplace yoga outings replacing a stereotypical round of golf, or brewskies, for intra-office pow-wowing. Cute! It’s wonderful to share yoga with others, and when it’s you and your co-workers, or BOSS, chillaxing (or sweating profusely?) together, that sounds like the perfect opportunity for brown-nosing, er bonding.
After all, yoga is great at breaking down barriers and is widely known to leave you in a more peaceful and compassionate state (oh don’t ask us, that’s just what we hear). Plus, how you yoga, not your level of strength or flexibility, but your presence in the practice tells a lot about how you interact with the outside world, including in your job. Sounds a lot scarier than 18 holes!
So yoga is uniting and can help increase productivity, but are you willing to strip down to your skivvies for team Bikram class?
Twice a week, Polly Payne puts on skimpy shorts and a bathing-suit top and heads to a yoga studio with two male superiors from her office. In a small 104-degree room (with 40 percent humidity), she and her bosses contort their bodies into shapes that most HR departments would deem “unacceptable.”
“It can get a little weird because the outfits tend to be a bit skimpy — especially with the guys, because they wear those boxer briefs and it’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I want to see that!’ ” laughs Payne.
Hrm. Talk about transparency. Airing out differences? Still, some say it’s healthier than getting your drink on at the bar, a standard routine here in NYC, and good grief is it more fun than golf! (editor’s bias)
Another bonus? Yoga is so super cool now that it can be a resume booster. According to Jay Solomon adding “just some bulls – – t at the bottom of the resume” about being an advanced yoga practitioner got him in with the boss, an avid yogi.
“I think it automatically marks you as slightly alternative, creative and modern . . . If I put the gym or weightlifting [on my resume], I don’t think people would care as much.”
There you have it. Yoga for mind-body union and better ass kissing!