Independent University Newspaper
Copenhagen Business School

Popular searches:

Independent University Newspaper

Copenhagen Business School

Namaste: Thursday means Yoga Time

Researchers, students and administrative staff gather each Thursday to practice yoga at the Department of Digitalization. The idea comes all the way from Oxford, England.

Film |   22. Jun 2017

Anne Thora Lykkegaard

Journalist

On the fourth floor at Howitzvej 60, seven people from the Department of Digitalization are rolling out their yoga mats in a meeting room.

The yoga instructor, Stine Ruge, enters the room concluding that it’s going to be a hot yoga class, as the temperature outside has crawled up to about 23 degrees.

The people gathered are a mix of students, administrative staff and researchers from the department, and each Thursday they meet up in their yoga pants and t-shirts to inhale and exhale at a lower pace than usually.

The idea of having yoga classes at the department comes from PhD Fellow, Niels Buus Lassen. He went to Nuffield College in Oxford, England one year ago as part of his PhD, and there he got familiar with positions such as downward facing dog and the tree pose.

Niels Buus Lassen went back to Nuffield College around the end of May this year, and of course he participated in the yoga class. (Photo: Niels Buus Lassen)

Niels Buus Lassen liked the weekly yoga classes at Nuffield College so much that he introduced the idea to the Head of Department of Digitalization, Jan Damsgaard, when he came back from Nuffield.

And he loved it. Even though it would mean some of his colleagues would be out of reach for 45 minutes each Thursday.

“My role as Head of Department is to create a nice working environment in which people can fulfill their potential. I want get people out of their offices and away from the ‘Research Hotel’. By having yoga here, people get to talk to each other in a whole other way, and actually get to know each other and exchange good ideas,” says Jan Damsgaard.

A physical impact

The yoga classes have been going on since January and are continuing for the rest of the year as part of an experiment.

Niels Buus Lassen is convinced that when the HR-services are going to do their yearly survey among employees it will be visible in the statistics that some of the staff members from the department have been doing yoga on a weekly basis.

For instructor at CBS, John Gordon Smith it has had a huge impact.

“Yoga is amazing. I have lost weight, and I feel less stressed. Besides that I have become way more flexible, so I difinitely feel a difference everytime I go, but my body also reacts when I’m skipping a class because of meetings or whatever,” he says.

Niels Buus Lassen says to CBS WIRE that everybody who would be interested in coming to a yoga class is more than welcome after the summer holidays. And it doesn’t require any advanced skills in the fine arts of yoga.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Namaste: Thursday means Yoga Timeby

  • Opinion

    OPINION Cand.merc. reform: Not a “sound process” – no time for student involvement

    OPINION: By Tomas Vemola, Student at BSc Digital Management, CBS Academic Council Member, Vice President, CBS Students

  • News

    Biggest MSc EBA (cand.merc.) revision in 30 years: Fewer options in the future. Four of the current 14 concentrations to disappear

    In a bid to align CBS’s flagship MSc EBA (cand.merc.) programme with ministerial requirements, the MSc EBA (cand.merc.) study board’s recommendation to senior management is to cut away five of the current 14 concentrations. Senior Management approves, but will save Applied Economics and Finance (AEF). Both the Academic Council and a reference group are raising concerns, not least over a “rushed process” and the reduction of core areas such as economics, organisation and marketing. Senior Management will host an open online Teams meeting on Wednesday 9 November at 11:15 and a meeting for students and others interested on Thursday 10 November at 8:45.

  • News

    How to survive and prosper: Matrix gets new businesses through the Death Valley Curve

    Making the right decisions for a new venture to prosper centres on recognising which stage the business has reached. Researchers at CBS created a matrix that helps ventures define where they are on their path to success – or failure.

  • News

    Hot election topics for CBS students

    With major international crises and several political parties proposing to reduce the length of master’s programmes and turn grants into loans, there is plenty to consider when voting in the Danish parliamentary election. But which topics do CBS students give top priority?

  • Blog

    Make a bestie out of that bike!

  • News

    Student jobs: sometimes small is beautiful

    Working in a student job increases the chances of employment right after graduating. But sometimes, CBS students are too eager to start early and may focus on prestigious companies rather than relevant tasks in their search. SMEs can offer different opportunities and more responsibility.

  • News

    Study groups – how to make them work

    Study groups are an important part of being a student at CBS. They give students a sense of belonging and help more students to finish their degrees. But study groups are also time-consuming and, at times, a battleground for difficult group dynamics. Read on to learn how to find the right members for your group, how to deal with conflicts and resolve them when they occur.

  • Gif of the week

CBS WIRE collaborates with Videnskab.dk

Stay connected

Close