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Lindsey Holy

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Employee Spotlight: Standing Stone Yoga Instructor Lindsey Holy

At Standing Stone, we think a focus on wellness makes for happy employees! Last year we talked with Standing Stone server and yoga instructor, Lindsey Holy, about the launch of  Standing Stone’s “Tap Into You” employee wellness program. Initiated last summer, this program aims to spur employee participation in weekly yoga sessions by sponsoring classes and offering incentives for frequent participation – a free Standing Stone, hops-themed yoga mat after completing 12 sessions.

Since we loved Lindsey’s post about starting the program last year, we asked her to update us on her personal yoga practice and give us some insight into how yoga cheers her day, on and off the clock.

What kind of yoga are you teaching currently?

My teaching reflects the core values of the Krishnamacharya lineage with lots of fun modern day influence and infusion. The combination of Astanga Primary Series and Modern Vinyasa Flow sequencing is a perfect platform for me to draw inspiration from. I like my classes to be both physically challenging and thought provoking. I enjoy bringing my students safely to their edge and watching them in conversation with their own mind and body. It’s a powerful thing to witness and reminds me over and over that I am exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I’m meant to do.

What keeps you motivated to practice everyday?

I have met my practice in love. I have met my practice in resistance. No matter where I am in my day or in my life, I practice because I believe that what I’m doing is so much greater than my emotions, my moods, my good and/or bad days.

What are some of the fun things you’re doing with yoga?

Photo: Lindsey Holy

This month I am hosting a 30 day challenge for my students, a few of whom are Standing Stone employees! 30 days of practice in 30 days. The idea behind this challenge is not only make a firm commitment and stick to it, but also to notice the excuses we use to get out of commitments. Honestly, I can’t think of anything more important than taking time out of your day to mindfully connect to yourself and release anything not serving you. Why is it so easy for us to say, “Ah, I’m too tired” or, “I don’t want to wake up early today”? We listen to these patterns, we watch and we learn. That’ true practice.

I’m always looking to make classes fun. By sticking to my personal practice and continued education, I bring in new and fresh ideas to class all the time. From music to sequencing, you’ll rarely, if ever, have the same class twice with me.

What are your personal goals for your own practice in the next year?

My goal with yoga is the same day in and day out – to release tension so that I am able to show up in my life every singe day. I believe it’s important to check in with one’s self and ask, “How am I showing up in my life?”  It’s imperative to recognize what things are coming between you and yourself, and the answer is more often than not related to some form of tension. So I practice to release the excess tension, expectations, and thoughts I have about myself and others, and instead make my self available to what’s truly going on around me – beautiful life.

Where can people take a yoga class from you?

I’m teaching here in the Rogue Valley, both at the Rasa Yoga Studios of Medford and Ashland, and Om Sweet Om in Talent.

Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!  For more on Lindsey’s style, inspirations, and more great photos you can visit Lindsey’s website, too.

“Tap Into You” Employee Yoga Program

We’re extraordinarily fortunate to have Lindsey Holy, server and yoga instructor, on our team.  She teaches yoga classes for employes right here at Standing Stone. This week, she’s our guest writer on our blog.

I’ve been with Standing Stone Brewing Company for about a year and a half as a server. I love being part of a company that supports the health and happiness of our community, visitors and employees. In the last year, my work with SSBC has expanded beyond serving tables to include teaching a yoga class for employees.

In March 2010, I proposed ‘Tap into You!’ a workplace yoga program for the employees of Standing Stone. The program is based off Standing Stone’s employee bike program, which offers incentives for participation. Employees receive a free hops-themed, environmentally friendly yoga mat after attending twelve yoga sessions, which are free!

Every Friday morning, I arrive at the restaurant with an iPod and a yoga mat ready to go. My friends and co-workers sleepily follow and we share in a wonderful yoga practice, with the smell of fresh bread and beer in the building.

It means so much to me that Standing Stone has supported and helped me bring this program to life. It gives me great pride and it’s an incredible chance to share what I know in yoga with my Standing Stone family. ‘Tap Into You!’ has benefits that show across the board. Healthier workers have more sustained energy and are less likely to call in sick. Yoga offers a dynamic physical benefit. Employees use their bodies all day. Keeping in tune with their anatomy brings substantial health and well-being improvements, on and off the clock.

The classes have introduced many to yoga for the first time. I’ve seen it enhance teamwork and poise in the fast-paced restaurant environment, as well as in individual lives. A lot of my co-workers have started practicing yoga outside of the restaurant’s program, and I’m proud watching people work towards healthier, happier ways of living.

In other words, SSBC has some new moves!  The program was highlighted on KTVL. Check out a video clip!

I’m happy to help other businesses get started. Please contact me via my website if you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding this program.