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On the Goga brings you yoga where you need it, when you need it. Private yoga, semi private yoga, small group yoga, yoga parties, and corporate yoga. Currently serving the greater Philadelphia area.

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On the Goga is about more than just the asanas (poses) of yoga. Yoga itself is simply the act of doing anything - reading, grocery shopping, meditating, eating, or parallel parking - just for the sake of doing it, with total focus and attention. On the Goga's blog is a cumulation of editorials, research articles, and resources we find helpful in living a full and happy life. Take what fits, leave what doesn't, and have fun exploring.

What Does Workplace Wellness Really Mean?

Anna Greenwald

Part 1

Philadelphia workplace wellness that doesn't suck

Hello everyone!  My name is Glynis and I am an intern here at On the Goga.  I am a recent graduate of West Chester University where I studied Public Health and Nutrition.  One of my many roles here, aside from participating in mindful sushi dinners and practicing mimosa yoga, is to research and report on topics surrounding workplace wellness. Through this series, I will take you on my journey of understanding the origins of worksite wellness, why it works, why it (sometimes) fails, and what it means for the future of the American workplace.  

A little about me

While I’m not busy with my duties here at On the Goga, I am practicing yoga on and off the mat: paddleboarding, spending time with family and friends, cooking, practicing mindfulness, discovering new parts of Philly, and so much more!  For me, yoga and mindfulness is more than what meets the mat; almost everything you do can be considered a practice.

I love to teach myself new information through inquiry and inform others of what I've learned.  So, yes, I’m writing for fun!  I also hope that through these posts, you, the reader, can learn something new.

First things first, what is a workplace wellness program?  

How is it defined?  The CDC says that a workplace wellness program is a comprehensive set of health promotion and protection strategies implemented at the worksite.  This includes programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and links to the surrounding community designed to encourage health and safety for all employees.  They also state  that these programs should be addressing 5 key points: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.  

Don’t worry about the ambiguity of this definition; by the end of this series, you’ll not only understand it better, but hopefully have your own idea of what workplace wellness really is.  In the meantime, think about your company’s wellness program:

  • What do you like or dislike about it?  
  • If you don’t have or don’t participate in a wellness program offering, why? 
  • What would your ideal wellness program comprise of, what do you need?

Think about these questions and what workplace wellness might mean to you.  Stay tuned for next week when we go back in time to see what workplace wellness looked like from infancy to adolescence.


Workplace wellness is kind of our thing.
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Resorative Sunday Yoga Flow

Anna Greenwald

Relax, Recharge, and Reset for the Work Week

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On the Goga is Philadelphia, PA's leader in corporate wellness for companies looking to base their corporate culture in mindfulness and wellbeing. Specializing in corporate yoga, workplace wellness program development, mindfulness meditation, nutrition workshops, nature retreats, company retreats, wellness consulting, surveying and analytics for happiness and workplace engagement, and physical and mental wellbeing programs. Our services come to you as a mobile corporate yoga studio and corporate culture building company.

3 Ways Science Agrees That Yoga Will Help You Launch Your Business

Anna Greenwald

JOIN PHILLY'S FIRST ENTREPRENEURS YOGA COMMUNITY!
WEDNESDAYS AT 1608 WALNUT ST
 THURSDAYS AT 601 WALNUT ST
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When Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and Steve Jobs agree on something, it’s time to listen up. Mindfulness has swept the world of entrepreneurship for a reason. Here’s how science suggests that yoga and mindfulness help to cultivate the perfect set of skills to launch a successful business, and lead a fuller, happier life.

Hatha Yoga (the practice of physical yoga postures and breath control), at its core, is a physical practice of mindfulness. Hatha yoga draws awareness to the present moment by using physical cues and sensations as the focal point. A common misconception is that yoga is about perfecting the pose you’re doing, when in actuality it’s simply about noticing how that pose feels in your body on any given day, and what thoughts are triggered in your mind.

SO HOW WILL YOGA HELP LAUNCH YOUR BUSINESS?

 

1) YOGA HELPS TO... STAY CALM UNDER PRESSURE

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The Science: Yoga practice heightens your body’s recovery and resilience to stress on an autonomic and physiological level. A study reported by the NIH in 2016 demonstrated that yoga practitioners have significantly increased Heart Rate Variability (the ability of your heart rate to react and recover under emotional or physical stress) compared to their counterparts. HRV is directly associated with self-regulation and wellbeing. The results suggest that yoga practitioners have a greater capacity for stress mitigation and resilience.

The Gist: Entrepreneurs experience more stress and stress-related health problems than employees or managers. No surprise there. When you practice mindfulness through yoga, your body and brain are changed on a physical level, making it easier to navigate through tough days, weeks, months, or years of uncertainty, long hours, and in all other words - insane stress of starting a business.

 

2) YOGA HELPS TO... BOOST YOUR ENERGY, PRODUCTIVITY, AND FOCUS

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The Science: In a study done by the University of Illinois in 2012, the research found that just 20 minutes of yoga sparks “significantly superior” cognitive function in practitioners. It was shown to improve focus and information retention, and to decrease mental fog. In addition, another study published by the NIH in 2011 showed that a regular yoga practice leads to “an improved sense of energy to live life fully and with genuine enjoyment.”

The Gist:  Just 20-minutes of yoga measurably improves your brain function, making it easier to accomplish all the things on your to-do list. You’ll do them faster, with more ease, and with sustained practice, more energy and enjoyment. For any entrepreneur, multitasking is a crucial skill, and yoga helps to develop the cognitive tools you’ll need to master it faster and more efficiently.

 

3) YOGA HELPS TO... RELEASE EMOTIONAL DECISION MAKING

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The Science: A brain imaging study conducted by professors at Duke University and Florida State University found that while yoga practitioners responded normally to negative stimuli, their later moods were less affected by the negativity. The research suggests that this is due to their brain’s ability to selectively implement “strategies to reduce emotional interference during competing cognitive demands.”

The Gist: Entrepreneurs are almost routinely faced with tough decisions and rejection, and like it our not, our gut reactions to these situations drive a majority of our decision-making. By practicing yoga, our brains become adept at uncoupling negative observation from affect, meaning we develop conscious, effective strategies for objectively recognizing a negative situation, but not acting out of negative emotions. When it comes to running a business, this skill alone can make the difference between success and failure. 

START YOUR PRACTICE

Join Philadelphia's First Entrepreneurs Yoga Community.

Where: Benjamin's Desk 1608 Walnut St and 601 Walnut St
When: Wednesdays (1608 Walnut) Thursdays (601 Walnut), 8am-8:45am
All-levels | Drop-ins encouraged!


Questions? Concerns? Reach out!  
On the Goga (info@onthegoga.com)
harlotte Lee (charlotte@benjaminsdesk.com).


BRING YOGA AND MINDFULNESS TO YOUR OFFICE


On the Goga is a Philadelphia, PA mobile yoga studio that brings corporate wellness, corporate mindfulness, corporate yoga, private yoga, meditation, wellness coaching, executive coaching, yoga and wellness parties to you in your space.

5 Ways to Apologize Authentically

Anna Greenwald

Written by: Anna Greenwald

Using Mindfulness to Say I'm Sorry

Saying "I'm sorry" is simple, but apologizing authentically and effectively is often a complicated and sometimes challenging responsibility. Whether you forget an important business meeting, accidentally hurt a friend's feelings, or simply make a mistake, there are a lot of mental blocks that can get between us and a clear, honest apology that not only moves the situation forward, but allows us to feel better along the way. Here are 5 ways to develop and deliver an authentic apology. 

1) Ask Yourself Why You Want to Apologize

This is the hardest first step. When we realize that we've done something wrong, the guilt and denial often sinks in before we can fully analyze the situation. This can lead to delaying an apology, not owning up to our role in the conflict, or even sometimes lashing out at the other person(s) involved. The simplest (though arguably most challenging) first step to an authentic apology, is to consider why you want to apologize in the first place. Considering the facts only (let go of any judgement or explanations of yourself, others, or the situation) write out what you did that you feel you want to apologize for. 

2) Consider the Situation From the Other Side

Put yourself in the other person's shoes. I know, it sounds cliche, but putting ourselves in someone else's shoes when we're feeling guilty, judged, or even angry, can be extremely challenging. Start by considering what sentiments the other person(s) are expressing. Are they angry? Sad? Disappointed? Insulted? Consider if you can understand (not necessarily agree) where those emotions might stem from in them. If you're not sure how they're feeling about it, consider how you might feel if the situation was reversed. Not if they had done the same thing to you, but really try to consider how you would feel if you were them in this situation.

Once you understand where they're coming from, even if you don't agree with it, you can start to address the apology itself.

3) Get Clear About Why You Are, Actually, Sorry

Authentic apologies come from one thing... authentically feeling sorry. If you are not feeling sorry for what you did (ie: you think it was the right decision for you, you had a reason, etc.) consider apologizing for the way you made that other person feel. You just put yourself in their shoes, so you can do your best to imagine the feelings they are having. If you can understand that the feelings they are experiencing are linked, in their mind, to your actions, you can apologize for how your actions made them feel. Find one (or a few) words that describe the feelings you are apologizing for (in whole or in part) contributing to. Examples: "Insulted" "Betrayed" "Rejected" "Teased"

And remember: make your apology complete. If there is a part of the apology you are avoiding, don't. It's not going to feel better if you don't apologize completely. This does NOT mean take blame. It means consider the situation from all sides, and be honest with yourself about what you have to apologize for. It's okay for this to be uncomfortable. Each time you do this, you'll become a stronger version of yourself.

4) Eliminate Blame from the Equation

If you're stuck on the blame, consider this: What is that blame getting you?

Try this exercise:

  1. Write out who you are blaming, and what you are blaming them for.
  2. Then underneath that, write out two columns: "Benefits of Blame" and "Costs of that Blame."
  3. Write out your ultimate desire for the situation
  4. Consider how you can take responsibility for moving the situation in the direction you want it to go, even if that simply means letting go of blame.

Blame is in the past; it can't help the present situation. Even if blame feels like it is protecting you, it is probably costing you more overall. Don't blame the other person. Don't blame yourself. Look forwards: Regardless of who is "right" or "wrong" in the situation, it is your responsibility (aka opportunity) to move the situation forward positively, no matter what.

5) Nike that S***

Just do it. You are apologizing to mend your relationship, you are apologizing to soothe the other person(s), but you are ultimately and most importantly apologizing to set your own mind at ease. Remember that the fear of apologizing comes from the fear that apologizing will make you feel bad/worse, but in fact, it does the opposite. When you can give an authentic, complete apology, it makes you feel amazing, and you are no longer subject to your own fears and judgements. 

When in doubt, I use this mantra: My value is not success, my value is courage.

Go be bold.

How to say sorry when you're angry. Authentic Apologies.

On the Goga is a Philadelphia, PA mobile yoga studio that brings corporate wellness, corporate mindfulness, corporate yoga, private yoga, meditation, wellness coaching, executive coaching, yoga and wellness parties to you in your space.