Workplace Wellness

“Organizations that provide employees with resources to adopt healthy lifestyles achieve lower health care costs, higher productivity and healthier bottom lines.”- Marie-Josée Salvas, Positive Psychology News Daily, from (“Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference 2010:Building the Business Case for Employee Well-Being,” March 15, 2010)

Are you positioned to succeed in today’s competitive market? Your employees are your most valuable asset – your ambassadors, your pacesetters, your inventors. Are they fit for the job?

Give your staff the tools they need to succeed. Kamala Sound Wellness Workshops teach skills that allow people to better manage their lives – inside and outside of work – so they can perform in top form on the job.

Strengthen your team now – learn more about Kamala Sound Wellness Workshops

Mindfulness Workshops

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

-Psychology Today

We are creatures of habit and tend to either tune out or react automatically to stimuli. Particularly in a dynamic environment, these habits can be unhelpful.

Mindfulness helps us overcome habit. The practice of mindfulness lets us be more informed, respond thoughtfully, gain wisdom, and overall be less at the mercy of our habits and the results of our inattention. This can bring relaxation and better balance, leading to increased productivity and greater ability to cope.

Mindfulness happens in those moments before we have attached meaning to something, before we have judged or labeled, in the moments of faint awareness of something. We spend only a tiny fraction of time in this moment. With practice, we can expand this moment and draw our awareness to mindfulness and reap many benefits. Being mindful can help us see ourselves and situations just as they are without judgment.

Mindfulness practices that help attain soundness of body and mind include breathing exercises, journaling a stream of consciousness, making or listening to music, observing, cleaning or organizing and meditating.

Meditation Workshops

By practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life.”

-Britta Hölzel, Ph.D., Research Fellow, MGH and Giessen University, Germany

Meditation: A Prescription for Health

Meditation has been scientifically proven to enhance well-being, reduce painful or uncomfortable symptoms, strengthen the immune system, minimize stress, and improve resilience.

“Using the latest techniques in brain imaging technology (fMRI , EEG and MEG), has shown that meditation produces demonstrable positive effects in both brain and immune functions.”

-Dr. Richard Davidson, University of Wisconsin

Meditation is accessible to everyone and highly beneficial in seeking and sustaining spiritual health and soundness of the mind-body. Over time, if practiced regularly, meditation can help change thought patterns and therefore the physical representation of those thought patterns in the body.

Bringing Meditation to Work

“I really loved the meditation and breathing practices. Also, I am going to try and write my goals down more and be more aware of what makes me stressed. Overall I loved it and I learned a lot and hope to gain more knowledge on this subject.”

Meditation does not have to be difficult or mysterious. One commonality in many forms of meditation is the breath: focusing on it, paying attention to it, or simply noticing it.  Other forms of meditation include personal affirmations as a way to guide your mind and subconscious, guided imagery, and ‘mindless’ meditation, which is about moving consciousness beyond the mind into a state of pure being.

The goal of this workshop is to enable participants to learn how to relax consciously and reduce stress using practical time-honored meditation techniques. The workshop is accessible to people who are new to meditation and the approach is straightforward and nonreligious.

The workshop includes an introduction to meditation, including a definition, uses and benefits, followed by guided meditations and time for questions and discussion at the end of each meditation.

Current Research on Meditation

To read some of the current research on the effects of meditation, click here: http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~lazar/publications.html

Stress Management Workshops

“Stress is America’s number one health problem … what happens in the mind of man (human) is always reflected in the disease of his body …”

~The American Institute of Stress (AIS)

Stress gets a bad rap, and for good reason. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which in turn can lead to all kinds of health problems, including hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, pain, depression, impaired immune system, and other “diseases of civilization.”

But while some stress is ‘bad,’ some is ‘good.’ Everyone experiences stress in a different way. Stress is normal. There are physical, emotional, and social effects from stress that can create positive or negative feelings. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action and result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective.

Managing Stress

We can feel better, do better, and behave better by managing our stress, and we can model these behaviors and teach them to the people around us as well.

“This was an eye-opener for me. I realized I don’t have to be perfect. I can let go of things less important.”

Learn to measure your stress resistance, maintain a healthy lifestyle, take a mind vacation, set priorities, and ‘accept, modify, or eliminate.’ There are many tools available for stress management beyond mindfulness and meditation.

Let me help your staff regain control of their stress. For the past 20+ years, I have learned, practiced, and have been teaching stress management techniques to individuals and groups.

The Process of Change: Setting Goals
Well defined goals help you make positive decisions that move you forward.

Progress is not linear! Change is a process that happens over time. It involves learning from confronting the obstacles you encounter. How many times have you tried to make a change and found yourself falling off the wagon?

Moving through the obstacles to reach your goals takes patience and often involves trial and error. Perspective, knowledge of human behavior in relation to change, honesty, and perseverance are critical components of reaching your goals.

Creating a plan to reach your defined goals is the way to hold yourself accountable and to stay motivated. Real change requires a change in belief. The way to bring about a sustainable change in belief is through deep reflection.

As a result of attending this workshop I intend to:

“Overcome my fear of being successful. I will be working every day on some small step.”

Here are some of the questions we will reflect on in this seminar:

  • Have you had this goal before, but weren’t successful?
  • Is this a new goal?
  • How did you arrive at this goal?
  • Do you believe in this goal 100%?
  • Why THIS goal?
  • How do you hope your life will change once you have reached this goal?
Creating a Work-Life Balance
Do you feel like you are doing too many things and not many of them very well?

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Flexibility is the key to productivity and longevity in our society which is changing to accommodate gender equity in the workplace and at home, and to accommodate the caretaking responsibilities of baby boomers, and technology which makes our work seem like it’s 24/7.

Work-Life Fit is personal. There are dual-earner households, military deployments, extended families who are geographically dispersed, and more single parents, and the notion of ‘balance’ is hard to comprehend. It’s individual. One size does not fit all. It is a life skill. It will change depending on current circumstances.

Develop a vision, a picture of what the perfect fit is. This workshop will explore how work fits into life. It will explore values and priorities and personal perspective. We will discuss the ways to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Music for the Workplace

“Toyota’s drumming has had enough success at keeping workers happy and punching the clock on time, it has installed its own dedicated ‘drum room’ at California locations.”

-Paul Tharp
Fortune 500 Tunes into Bang-the-Drum Therapy

New York Post

You can…

  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce sick days
  • Enhance creativity
  • Raise energy levels
  • Increase retention
Discover the Rhythm of Work

Drumming releases stress and brings people together, creating common ground and promoting inclusion. It is a medium for non-verbal communication and creativity. It is a way to inspire employees to rise to new challenges.

Drumming helps with focus and concentration and invites creative thinking and problem solving. Understanding and feeling how rhythms fit together promotes team building and utilizes both the left and right side of the brain, enhancing overall functioning.

Drumming is easily accessible and does not require any previous experience. Kamala Sound will bring a large selection of drums and percussion instruments to your business and lead your employees in drumming exercises designed to enhance workplace performance.

Bring Drumming to Your Workplace

“The drumming classes were very inspirational and Ellen is a great instructor. I highly recommend the class.”

-Mike S, MJS Engineering, PC

Drumming workshops can take place anywhere and anytime, at your office, conference center, boardroom, or open-air function. Let Kamala Sound energize your

  • Conferences
  • Product launches
  • Corporate parties
  • Stress relief workshops
  • Staff away days
  • Brainstorming sessions!

Drumming is an effective icebreaker or dynamic opening session at a conference. Research shows excellent results with six weeks of 1-hour sessions. Try it twice a year!

Contact kamala sound to set up a package that is right for you!

“For every dollar spent on a Corporate Wellness Program, the returns have been cost savings of between $2.30 and $10.10 in the areas of decreased absenteeism, fewer sick days, reduced WSIB/WCB (workers compensation) claims, lowered health and insurance costs, and improvements to employee performance and productivity.”

-Natural Healthcare, naturalhealthcare.ca

With increasing evidence that supports the need for workplace wellness programs, more companies are implementing health and wellness strategies to

  • reduce absenteeism
  • increase productivity
  • reduce use of health care benefits
  • increase morale and loyalty

Successful workplace wellness programs:

  • have CEO support
  • have a designated program leader
  • stem from an employee interest survey
  • are an ongoing part of offered inservices
  • use evaluation tools to improve offerings
  • are offered to employees as an important company benefit

According to the ‘Workplace Wellness Program Return on Investment Alliance’, self-care programs should be part of an organization-offered worker workplace Wellness program.

Kamala Sound’s self-care workshops can be specially designed to meet your company’s unique needs. Series can include one or all of the above workshops. Are you looking for a one-time workshop to fit into a series you are putting together? Would you like a 6-week series of one-hour workshops? What fits your schedule? The workshops can be structured as a course, or each workshop can function as a stand-alone class.

Over 20 years, I have studied and used regularly these well-reseached self care techniques. I will work with your employees to develop these techniques for their own self care.

“I really loved the meditation and breathing practices. Also, I am going to try and write my goals down more and be more aware of what makes me stressed. Overall I loved it and I learned a lot and hope to gain more knowledge on this subject.”