Supporting coworkers through calming meditation: The calming influence of V Teamer Sunil G.

By: Verizon Careers

This V Teamer is supporting his community by teaching breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation virtually.

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For over seven years, engineer Sunil G. has taught deep breathing techniques and meditation in Massachusetts and India. Since he began teaching, nearly 1,000 people have benefitted from his calming meditation classes. 

“By controlling our breath, we can better control our mind and calmly move through what’s happening right now.”

As sheltering in place became the norm, Sunil felt he could continue to help people move through these uncertain times by streaming his classes online and supporting coworkers. 

“Those who practice meditation tend to experience reduced stress and anxiety, increased energy, stronger immunity, a healthier, calmer mindset and better sleep,” Sunil said. “At first I wasn’t sure if this would work, as I couldn’t interact with participants one-on-one, but I’ve heard nothing but positive comments and deep appreciation.”

For the past month, Sunil has held daily evening classes. He plans to continue as long as there is interest. For him, helping others by continuing to teach meditation virtually reinforces that providing others with a sense of calm is necessary during this trying time. 

Sunil offers three breathing exercises. 

“Breath is the link between body and mind,” Sunil explains. “Our mind continuously vacillates between the past and future, whereas breath is simply in the present.” To begin these breathing exercises, simply start by sitting upright with your eyes closed.

  1. Slow exhalation: Breathe in through your nose for a count of four, and then exhale through your mouth for a count of six or more. Pause for a couple of seconds between breaths. Repeating these slow, deep breaths for three to four minutes can reduce the feeling of anxiety.
  2. Follow your breath: Take a deep breath and imagine following the breath as it enters your nostrils, takes a 'U-turn' between the eyebrows, travels through your throat and then the lungs. Then breathe out deeply and slowly, following the exhale from your lungs to your throat to in between eyebrows and then out through the nostrils. Repeating these observations for three to four minutes can calm your mind.
  3. Straw breath: Breathe in deeply through your nose and then exhale through your mouth as if you are holding a straw in your mouth. This breath cools your mind and strengthens your lungs and diaphragm.

Maintaining mental and physical wellness is essential, especially during these unprecedented times. Earlier this month, Deepak Chopra stopped by our Up To Speed Live webcast and gave us some tips on maintaining wellness and finding peace during these chaotic times.

Visit our COVID-19 resource page to learn more about how we’re taking action to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.

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