Diona staff build personal resilience with yoga

01 December 2015
Yoga sessions will become a monthly service off ered to all our people—managers, engineers, site workers and office staff.

Project work, and life in general, can place heavy demands on us all. Yoga provides many practical and proven techniques to help manage mental and physical stress, and build personal resilience.

Diona’s National Safety Manager Paul Lyndon has been teaching yoga for 30 years. Paul conducted the class, sharing his knowledge of poses and breathing techniques. He believes yoga can help equip us with tools to manage the everyday tensions, frustrations and pressures of life.

The feedback was very positive, and it was pleasing to see the softness on the participants' faces after the session. One of our project managers contacted Paul straight away to organise a session for his team.

The yoga class was also our way of promoting R U OK Day. This event (on the second Thursday each September) is a national day of action to remind all Australians of the importance of asking friends and family "are you ok?".

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that wants to inspire us to have regular, meaningful conversations throughout the year, to help anyone who might be struggling with life. They are calling on Australia to take a global lead in preventing suicide, starting with this simple practical step of asking and listening—and Diona is right behind them. We aim to foster a workplace culture where people feel confi dent asking and answering this most important question.

So we encourage all our staff to take care of their mental and physical health, and to support each other in this goal. Take some time out to try the yoga classes, and also to check in on each other. These conversations can make a real diff erence to people going through a tough time.

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