I have a dream…that every office would have a Savasana room. A what? A Savasana room. Let me explain.
One of the big things people are talking about lately, and we are helping people to set up, are sit stand desks and treadmill desks. I LOVE this and we have very happy clients, like Marsha Cohen, the Executive Director at the Homeless Advocacy Project who just got a treadmill desk and she loves it.
But as I took my second Savasana rest of the day today, it occurred to me that there is something more important that I’d like to see in every office. A Savasana room. It would cost less and have even more impact …IF the corporate culture and our driven minds could realize just how powerful this concept of a mini rest could be.
So what would it take? A dedicated quiet room with 3-4 partitioned off visually private spaces each with a yoga mat, yoga blanket, eye pillow, a bolster and a white noise machine. Anyone could come in and relax for 15-20 minutes and then return to work anytime they needed a break. Yeah, that’s it, about 200 square feet. In the big picture a smidgen of space and time with amazing potential benefits of relaxation, clarity, increased productivity…these are just the first few that come to mind.
Sounds easy enough. But what really is Savasana (pronounced sha-VAH-suh-nuh) you might be asking. Well, it’s the part of a mat yoga class that every one seems to love the most. It’s the corpse pose where you lie on the floor at the end for ideally 10-15 minutes. It’s the time where you rest and restore after the effort of the other postures.
Judith Hansen Lasater, one of yoga’s great minds writes, “Think of practicing Savasana each day as a gift to yourself, your family, and the world. Taking a restorative break every day will not only make you feel better, it will likely make you more enjoyable to be around. When you’re relaxed, you’re less likely to overreact in the face of difficulty. A well-rested, balanced person is more likely to make choices that will affect the world in a positive way.”
Do we need more people affecting the world in a positive way? Do we need more people staying well and creatively solving problems and treating each other with dignity, compassion and grace?
I think we do… are you in? I’ll be doing some drawings and gathering the research about exactly why Savasana is so powerful. And I’m looking for a partnering organization to be the first with a deliver me wellness Savasana Room. Interested? Give me a call.
PS. See Judith’s entire article about Savasana from Yoga Journal here.