If you work eight hours a day, travel over forty minutes by public transport to the office and back, go shopping and cook, there is not much time left for sports. At least that is how I see it. Probably a lousy excuse, you might think. So did I, but instead of letting my excuses get the better of me, I thought about how I could combine my passion, yoga, with work and simultaneously save time.
Or as any human-centred designer would say: “How might I find a way to combine working hours and workouts in the most efficient way?”
Sports at work: from idea to prototype
In my previous job as a visual designer, I used my hours during lunch break to do sports and escape the pixels on my screen for a few minutes. We had a large room in the basement, which was hardly ever in use: the perfect location to do my workouts. I looked for some online exercises, put on some music and did my workout for about 30 minutes. Once the news got out how this room was being put to use, some people from the company joined me, and we started to train together every two days. It was great!
Iteration loops for the perfect yoga setup at the Goodpatch studio
When I joined Goodpatch, I thought about starting the same routine at the Berlin studio in Kreuzberg. At that time, Goodpatch had just doubled the size of its office, and it was the perfect opportunity to use one of the rooms in the new office for some workouts. As a very first step, as any UX/UI Designer would do, I did my research. I interviewed my team to find out who would be interested in participating and what day would be the best. Since I am a yoga enthusiast myself, I started looking for the perfect yoga teacher for our agency. It turned out that I wasn’t the only one who was interested in yoga. I quickly found out that some people in our team practise yoga frequently. Others had never done it before, but they were just as interested in trying it. Luckily Goodpatch was very open to trying this out, and it has been almost a year now since we worked with Moveup.
Nowadays, most jobs, unfortunately, require you to sit a lot, which often leads to neck tension and back pain. As a designer, I spend most of my days in front of the computer screen. Sometimes the hours go by, and I don’t even notice that I haven’t changed my position.
Our sessions, which are led by Dennis from Moveup, are a perfect mixture of muscle building and flexibility. The training is designed to balance out all the stresses and strains of everyday working life.
Before I started teaching Yoga in the Goodpatch Berlin Office, of course I looked up what the company is all about. As I understood their expertise is in human centred design - and surely to fulfil that promise to others they knew that you have to start understanding yourself and service your own needs. I had the chance to get to know and work with a young, really open minded and flexible (not just in the physical sense) Team that honestly and ambitiously works on their own mindset as a foundation for everyday decisions.
Dennis from Moveup
Dennis makes sure that his training is accessible to all levels, from beginners to professionals, and ensures that there are variations of each exercise. Every lesson is different, you are always curious to see what the next experience will be like.
A pivot in times of Corona
Due to Corona, we work from home, which does not stop us from continuing our yoga sessions. On the contrary, thanks to our live streaming courses every Friday, our other colleagues from Munich can participate. Furthermore, our yoga teacher can adapt his lesson precisely to our needs. I find it extremely important to continue doing your workouts, especially in times where social distancing can affect our mental health. And not to forget, online classes offer protection against infection!
Why doing yoga at work is so beneficial
Yoga is ideal for reducing the stress level of employees. Additionally, business yoga strengthens the team spirit and brings employees and colleagues together on a whole new level. Yoga brings together employees from all departments of a company. Whether you are a yoga lover or a newcomer or just someone looking for ways to move a little - everyone comes together in a class and also learns to support each other. In this way, a sense of community and team spirit is created.
Having this routine every Friday allows us to not only start the day with more energy but also start our weekend more relaxed.