YOGA Ambassador & Wellness Partner for Wingate Hotel Sylvania
A local Hotel, Wingate Hotel in Sylvania, Ohio is revolutionizing health & wellness amenities for the modern business traveler.
Whether the guest is traveling for business or pleasure, today's traveler is looking to maintain as much balance in their wellness lifestyle as possible, upholding their weekly exercise routines and nutritional diets is becoming mainstream in Luxury Hotels worldwide and The Wingate Sylvania is stepping up and taking an impressive initiative to support guests and nurture a healthier more mindful stay. Kimi's vision for SUITEYOGA is that it will create brand loyalty for Wingate guests and corporate partnerships and hopes to further expand and develop the relationship with Wyndam Hotels after closely monitoring analytics over the next year as guests now have SUITEYOGA diagrams, how-to's, benefit cards in every room and FREE online videos, tips, posture breakdowns for stress, jet lag and even hangovers. Guests will have the EXCLUSIVE luxury of YOGA in the privacy of their rooms. I came up with SUITEYOGA concept on a short trip about 6 months ago and the rest is history. I worked with Nick Amrhein & Alex Wilson, very talented photographers and videographers. Nick embraced my idea and story board and did the photography and Alex and I spent a lot of time in the Presidential Suite at Wingate filming the videos for the site. Alex and I connect really well and she practices Yoga so her angles are mindful for the beginner. I am grateful to have had such talented peers working on this exciting project. I have HUGE gratitude to, Lea MaClaren, Wingate's General Manager and Superwoman, for believing in my vision and helping bring this movement to fruition. Lea takes my Yoga classes and understands the value and she knows my heart, work ethic and passion for movement so she let me run with it.
A recent article published by researchers in Sweden shared the very real negative side effects of frequent travel; "which included physiological, physical, emotional and social consequences. As a road warrior, you can likely relate to often unspoken but highly common side effects: anxiety (blame the inbox overload), the sleepless nights (blame the jet lag), the stress (blame the work deadlines), the loneliness (blame the nights alone in your hotel room), the exhaustion (blame the late flights and early meetings), the weight gain (blame the lack of physical activity), the ongoing back/ neck/ knee (blame the constant sitting and screen time) and the forgetfulness (blame the over-congested calendar). These are all unfortunate side effects of frequent travel. The good news is that yoga may offer a solution to the management of some of these undesirable issues.
According to the Yoga Health Foundation, yoga is “is a scientific system designed to generate greater clarity and harmony in life.” Clarity and harmony on a daily basis are two qualities any road warrior would love experience, in addition to many of the other benefits yoga has to offer.”
-Business Travel Life
Some of the key ways Yoga can positively impact travelers noted by BUSINESS TRAVEL LIFE:
• Anxiety Reduction– Practicing yoga transfers your focus and attention to your body and breath (instead of your inbox), which can help to temper anxiety and refresh your mind.
• Less sleepless nights– Jet lag often leads to travel insomnia and yoga is one way to treat insomnia naturally and easily during travel. A study found yoga can improve not just sleep quality, but sleep quantity as well.
• Stress management-Yoga encourages relaxation, which helps to lower the cortisol (the stress hormone), and reduces overall stress levels.
• Increased happiness– A study found that a consistent yoga led to decreased depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels, a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol.
• Energy boost– According to the Huffington Post, active yoga “poses that stimulate the blood flow through the body — particularly those that gently stretch the spine — can help combat fatigue and boost feelings of vitality, and might also help to counter some of the effects of long periods of sitting.”
• Weight loss– Yoga reduces your cortisol levels and burns calories, which can both lead to weight loss.
• Reduction of chronic back pain– Many yoga postures gently strengthen the muscles in the back, as well as the abdominal muscles. The back and abdominal muscles are essential to helping the body maintain proper upright posture and movement. When the back and abdominal muscles are well conditioned, back pain can be greatly reduced or avoided.
• Increased strength & flexibility– Yoga postures use every muscle in the body, which strengthens the muscle while relieving tension at the same time. Yoga also improves flexibility over time as the range of motion increases.
• Improve mental sharpness– The goal of yoga is to focus on the present and create mind-body awareness. Studies have found practicing yoga on a regular basis can improve memory and even increase IQ scores. Meditation has also been known to improve problem solving ability and information recall.
• Relaxed sense of self– Yoga involves slow breathing and focusing on the present, which shifts your balance from the sympathetic nervous systems (fight-or-flight response) or what Herbert Benson, M.D., calls the relaxation response (a calming and restorative state).
• Reduces Blood Pressure– The British medical journal The Lancet, conducted two studies of people with hypertension and compared the effects of Savasana (Corpse Pose) with simply lying on a couch. After three months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number—and the higher the initial blood pressure, the bigger the drop.
(BUSINESS TRAVEL LIFE)
"Why companies are turning to meditation and yoga to boost the bottom line”
Peter S. Goodman wrote in April of 2015, that companies are turning to meditation and Yoga to boost the bottom line...
“Why Companies Are Turning “To Meditation And Yoga To Boost The Bottom Line is no gut-level gamble. A growing body of research suggests that yoga and meditation may reduce the stress that tends to assail bodies confined to desks for hours at a time. Companies are investing in the notion that limiting stress will translate into fewer employee absences, lower health care costs and higher morale, encouraging workers to stick around.
Many of the companies that have launched such programs have stripped meditation of any hint of Eastern spiritual provenance, reducing it to a management elixir aimed at capturing the full potential of the people cashing the paychecks. Chade-Meng Tan, a widely celebrated Silicon Valley meditation teacher whose specially designed unit, Search Inside Yourself, has been taught to more than 1,000 Google employees, describes the objective as cultivating "emotional intelligence," or EI.
"Everybody knows this EI thing is good for their career," Meng recently told Wired magazine. "And every company knows that if their people have EI, they're gonna make a shitload of money."
No one really knows how many companies have adopted meditation and yoga practices, but the number is clearly on the rise. Approximately one-fourth of all major American employers now deliver some version of stress reduction, according to journalist David Gelles, whose forthcoming book, Mindful Work, explores the spread of meditation and yoga inside the business world -- a trend now reaching beyond Silicon Valley.
At Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, workers begin shifts with breathing exercises designed to focus them on the task at hand and clear their minds of distractions. General Mills, the food behemoth, has infused much of its corporate culture with mindfulness meditation.
"It's about training our minds to be more focused, to see with clarity, to have spaciousness for creativity and to feel connected," the company's deputy general counsel Janice Marturano tells Gelles. "That compassion to ourselves, to everyone around us -- our colleagues, customers -- that's what the training of mindfulness is really about."
These programs available to employees are as varied as the individual philosophies of their employers, but they share one basic understanding: Stress is an expensive threat to the balance sheet. Mindfulness is an antidote to stress.
"Stress harms human health, resulting in higher medical bills borne by employers. Stress interferes with sleep, yielding employees whose judgment may be impaired, making them prone to costly mistakes. Stress shuts down the sort of creative thinking that can generate profitable ideas", Peter said.
SUITEYOGA will enrich service commitment in the workforce & increase brand loyalty in guests & employees. It's easy for them to log in on their smart tablets, pc's, and SUITEYOGA is smartphone compatible as well.
Toledo get's a bad rap for being so far behind on the wellness circuit among other things but BIG kudos to Wingate Hotel for understanding the priceless value in health & wellness. Why stay anywhere else? The Wingate is remodeling an in-hotel studio facility as we speak to cater to guests who prefer private Yoga, Pilates, & more Sessions. The Wingate Hotel hosts A LOT of brides & grooms and are really excited to offer this neat finishing touch...wedding day jitters NO MORE, they've got private Yoga on site. Wingate also boasts many strong corporate relationships who are really impressed with the path they have taken. Corporate Retreats are something The Wingate and I are designing right now as well. It's a great venue, location, and their are so many talented Toledoans I am connected with who motivationally speak, nutritionists, coaches, etc. We are excited to offer custom retreats for corporations looking to step it up and focus in on team building and bettering their brands inside out.
SUITEYOGA is sweeping hotels and corporations near you. I love building custom programs for Corporations and people that could benefit from this in so many ways. After I practice YOGA, I am better at everything including my focus, career goals, and relationships...I am a better mom, friend, and teacher when I unplug, exercise, and release blockages, worry and things no longer serving me. My mission is to spread my passion and love for YOGA and I firmly believe any Company would be blown away by the benefits of their employees having this amenity at their desks.
Yoga is always a good idea. SUITEYOGA is innovative and on the rise. At The Wingate, there are countless ways to say, NAMASTE.
www.suiteyoga.com exclusive for Wingate Hotel Sylvania