Greensfelder's Sanja Ord shares her yoga skills with colleagues
Sanja Ord, an attorney in Greensfelder’s Health Care group, recently earned her registered yoga teacher certification and is sharing her new skills with colleagues by offering lunch-hour classes via Zoom. Read on for a look at what Sanja loves about the practice of yoga and what she hopes others will gain from it.
As a new yoga teacher, what does it mean to be able to share this skill with your co-workers through the firm’s Well-Being Program?
I love yoga and it has helped me heal and manage a very busy daily life, so I’m honored to share this ancient practice with my co-workers and walk in the path of many other teachers that have come before me and will come after me.
How do you see yoga as a beneficial practice during challenging times like the 2020 pandemic?
Life is always changing and shifting and ancient yogis believed that the only thing that is unchanging is our inner self - the part of us that can observe this constant change. It is the source of calm and equanimity. Yoga is unlike any other “exercise” as it is a more spiritual practice – going into ourselves to tap into this inner awareness. Yoga helps cultivate that connection by which we can observe all that is happening outside of us with a calmer mind. In my opinion, everyone could benefit from having a sense of peace and calmness while COVID-19 is changing lives on daily basis.
What would you say to encourage someone who has never tried yoga or is skeptical?
I would say just come, regardless of where you are in your life. You don’t need to be any certain way. Yoga invites all. Flexibility is not required, only the ability to breathe and listen to yourself. Even as a yoga teacher, I am not super flexible and some of the poses just don’t work for my body and that is OK.
What is your favorite yoga pose (and why)?
Savasana, the corpse pose, without a doubt. I just took a mini workshop on the importance of doing a 20-minute savasana every day and it has changed my life. It works as a reset button – letting go of whatever has happened before and going in with a fresh mind for all that is to come. Savasana in a typical class, is never long enough to receive the full benefits of the practice.