November 2017

INNERGY INSIGHT

How Long Has that Light Been On?

It is not okay to be in pain.

Radical, isn’t it?

You’re probably thinking that this isn’t very radical at all. Yet, you are sitting here, reading this article with your stiff neck, back is killing you, you have 2-3 headaches a week and don’t even know the last time you slept 8 hours.

Pain is your body’s genius way of telling you that something is wrong. It is a miracle of evolution. If we did not feel pain, we would not know if we were sick, injured or would soon become sick or injured.

I often compare the human body to a car. Think of it this way: your car has a warning light pop up on your dashboard, what do you do? Most likely you are going to take your car to the mechanic as soon as a possible. You know that whatever the issue is, it could turn into something much worse if not repaired soon, costing you more time, money and patience.

What about your own warning lights? How long have these lights been on your body’s dashboard? One week, a few months, many years? Do you tell yourself that this is a “normal part of aging” or “there’s nothing I can do about it”? News flash, it is not normal and there is something you can do about it. Start a yoga practice, visit your RMT, or just talk to your doctor about how you are feeling.

We live in a time where our health concerns are shoved under the rug for the sake of working ourselves to the point of exhaustion, whether that be at a job or taking care of others. YOU are the most important person in your life, not your spouse, family or even your kids. When you believe that you deserve to feel good, you will automatically bring success and happiness to the people around you. Take care of yourself – eat well, exercise, do yoga, meditate, and for goodness sake get that dashboard light checked.

Aman Banwait
Yoga Teacher – Brampton, ON

HEALTHY WORKPLACE YOGA POSE

Hands on Eyes

Benefits

Relaxes and soothes tired eye muscles, reduces eye strain, reduces overall stress, increases energy and more.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Sit slightly forward on your chair, legs at a 90° angle, feet flat on the floor.  Contract your abdominal muscles, roll your shoulders back and down, and lift your chest up.
  • Step 2: Begin to rub your palms together briskly, and continue rubbing until they are very warm.  Keep your fingers apart from each other.
  • Step 3: When your palms feel very warm, close your eyes and gently place them over your eyelids.  Don’t press them into your eyes; instead, have them barely touch.  Allow the warmth from your hands to penetrate into your eye lids.  Keep your shoulders relaxed.
  • Step 4: Take a few deep breaths in and out, staying here as long as you like.  Repeat if necessary 1-2 times before you return to work.

WORKPLACE RECIPE

Raman Noodle Soup to Go

Ingredients
  • ramen noodles
  • 1 tablespoon scallions finely chopped
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 piece pork cutlet
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 shiitake mushroom sliced bite size
  • 1/4cup baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1/2teaspoon grated ginger (optional)
  • shredded nori (optional)
For tsuyu broth:
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients for the tsuyu broth in a bowl and stir. Transfer to a small tupperware container and close with a lid.
  2. In a small pan over high heat, add oil and pork cutlet. Cook on one side for 2 minutes and flip over. Add soy sauce and cook for 1 minute, or until cooked through. Turn the heat off, transfer cutlet to a plate and let cool. Slice into bite size pieces.
  3. Cook ramen noodles until they are al dente (soft but still yielding a crunch).
  4. Put ramen noodles in thermal cup. This is optional but you can add about 1/2 tsp of neutral or sesame oil and toss the noodles until they are all covered so they won’t get too sticky. Top with slices of pork, shiitake mushrooms and spinach.
  5. Slice boiled egg in half and wrap in cling wrap. Put wrapped eggs on top of spinach. Add shredded nori on top of eggs.
  6. Wrap scallions and and ginger in cling wrap. Add to the thermal cup and close tightly with lid.
  7. Put thermal cup and tsuyu sauce in a bag and take it to work.
  8. Before serving, add about a cup of hot water to the thermal container.
  9. Unwrap the ingredients and add them to the container. Stir well and eat.

Full recipe here.

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