Earlier this month, Laura Anderson launched her business, Grow Mobile Yoga, to bring yoga out of the studio and offer it to schools, hospitals, businesses, and any space where people might not have access to regular exercise throughout their day.
“What we’re working to do is taking away all the barriers that are stopping people from getting to their yoga classes,” Anderson said.
Anderson is a Tacoma local; a dance choreographer; and, of course, a yoga teacher. For Anderson, yoga helped shape who she is, so she wants to make it as available as possible to the people of Tacoma. She realizes there are a lot of things that can get in the way between a person and a healthy lifestyle.
“A lot of people are nervous about the idea of going to yoga studios. It’s uncomfortable to go somewhere by yourself. So, doing it at your office — first of all the yoga is being brought to you. It’s right there for you; you don’t have to go anywhere,” Anderson said. “And you’re with your coworkers. You don’t have to sit next to someone who’s a stranger.”
We all know sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, five days a week, just isn’t healthy for the body. But not everyone has the time or patience to exercise after work or school, especially when you have to commute.
“We’ll even be able to offer options like desk yoga, if the office doesn’t have a space, for example. You can still do yoga, you know, even if you don’t have an hour and a giant gym or something,” Anderson said. “We can still take time to move, to stretch the wrists, and twist the spine — all the things that really start to ache when sitting for a long time.”
What’s really important about yoga in the workplace is that it reduces anxiety, which not only increases workplace productivity, but it simply makes for a happier work environment. Yoga in the workplace can help to transform the energy of the office into a warm and grounded space.
“Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Of course, it’s good to push people and encourage working hard, but it’s also good to take breaks,” she said. “Mentally and physically. It just makes us happier humans.”
Grow Mobile Yoga will offer mostly beginner classes, so it can be a resource to people at all levels of practice. But Anderson really wants to build up the yoga community in Tacoma and show people through Grow Mobile how valuable yoga truly is.