By Colleen McTiernan | Photos by Emily Purvis
Are you looking for an easy way to relax during the workday? Interested in finding an exercise that engages both your mind and body? From adult coloring books to yoga classes, the Wellness360 team has got you covered!
In need to relax and get in tune with our bodies, we decided to give the Stretch & Relaxation class at Zen Yoga a try. Owner and instructor Ceci Pratt guided us into a dimly lit and cozy room and got us set up with mats, blocks and bolsters before starting the class. Following Ceci’s soothing voice, we worked on our breathing before starting our first asana.
As this was a stretching-focused class, our session was a little more slow paced and focused on holding each pose, which was very relaxing. Our hip flexors definitely got a deep stretch, particularly in asanas like pigeon pose. At the end of the class, Ceci directed us into Savasana, or corpse pose, and turned the lights out completely. She then came around and adjusted us as needed with lavender oil — talk about finding your zen!
In a nutshell: This was a great course for yoga beginners and veterans alike! The slow pace made it easy to follow along, but we still got a great stretch.
Adult Coloring Books
After relaxing at our yoga class, we decided that we wanted to find an easy way to de-stress while at the office. So we thought that we would give adult coloring books a try! We brought three books into the office and got in tune with out artistic sides.
Crayons and markers in hand, we all picked a page and started coloring. Some of us had reservations about just how stress relieving it would be once we got a look at how detailed some of the pictures were, but in the end we all agreed it was a soothing activity to partake in, particularly when with friends.
In a nutshell: While we might not consciously think of coloring to de-stress, it was a nice activity to do to refresh our minds while at work.