Written by Staff Report
Approaching one year under new ownership, Portland Yoga Studio — calling itself New England's largest yoga center dedicated exclusively to the Iyengar Yoga tradition — plans an event on Sunday, Dec. 15 to promote this yoga method.
The center features the greatest number of Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors in the region outside of Boston, according to a press release.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15, the center will host an event showcasing the Iyengar Yoga method. Portland Yoga Studio owner and Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor David Yearwood said the tradition is widely viewed as the most influential system for teaching Yoga in the West. It also prides itself for upholding the highest standards for teacher certification in the U.S.
"Teachers undergo the most rigorous training of any modern yoga system and are required to complete a minimum of four years study as well as pass two nationally supervised tests to be certified as an instructor," Yearwood said. "This ensures that the method can maintain the highest standards for safety, accessibility, and depth of practice for students."
The afternoon will feature a yoga class for all levels (even people from the press who may be new to yoga) presenting techniques designed to promote spinal health and wellness by Kim Peralta who has taught the Iyengar method for 24 years and who is also Maine's highest level Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Peralta and Yearwood will also provide a question and answer period for those interested in learning about or participating in the first ever multi-year Iyengar teacher-training program in Maine, planned for Winter/Spring 2014 and to be held at Portland Yoga Studio.
The Dec. 15 event will also honor the 95th birthday of BKS Iyengar, the "living yoga master," and founder of the Iyengar Yoga movement, the press release reported. Considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world, Iyengar has been credited for popularizing yoga worldwide and in 2004 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
Established in 1989, the Portland Yoga Studio is located at 616 Congress St. in Portland. Yearwood and Parks McKinney assumed ownership in 2013.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 01:05
Written by Tony Payne
Company holiday parties are about to hit high gear which warrants words of caution for employers and revelers alike. From an insurance perspective, be sure to check your liability coverage well before the party begins and take all reasonable precautions to avoid an incident or accident.
Your first call is whether or not to allow alcohol. Why? Whether they involve driving, injuries or harassment, most party problems are alcohol-related incidents.
If alcohol is part of your planned holiday celebration, there are common sense ideas to minimize incidents and limit your organization's liability. Here are some hints culled from attorneys who have far too many examples of post-party complaints from which to draw.
Hold your company celebration at a restaurant or hotel that carries liquor liability. Most hospitality businesses have trained their staff to not over-serve any patrons at a party. This is another way of suggesting that having a holiday party at the office is not a great idea if alcohol is being served.
No matter where you are, serve plenty of food and consider using two complimentary drink tickets to help limit consumption. Avoid having a self-serve bar or spiked punch bowl. Consumption is hard to monitor without a bartender. In addition, be certain that no one at the party who is under-age has access to alcohol. The company or caterer could be held liable for serving to minors.
Hold your party during the week and, perhaps, during the lunch hour with an early release if alcohol is served. Sending the message that a mid-day or after hours party has a clear beginning and end will also limit consumption.
Don't make the celebration mandatory as it could constitute a reasonable claim that the party was actually "work" for which hourly employees would be compensated. Should an accident or injury at a "working party" occur, it also could be compensable under workers' compensation insurance. In addition, having customers attend or using the party for company recognition also can make the celebration "official" and, therefore, work-related.
Alcohol and sexual harassment often go hand in hand. Be clear with all employees about your expectations for behavior as well as company policy regarding consequences. Review those expectations with managers and supervisors so there is no room for interpretation. This group of leaders is no exception. When unwanted behavior from a superior occurs, grounds for charges of coercive harassment are all the more serious. Another way to limit amorous antics is to invite spouses/partners/dates.
Then there is the CLM (career limiting move), the one-off incident fueled by one drink too many that can compromise a person's standing in the company or organization. You don't want to be "that guy," the topic of whispered conversation following the party, particularly if you're just getting your career under way.
Be the person to help organize the event, passing food trays or volunteering as a designated driver. It will demonstrate your leadership far more than leading sloppy singing with the karaoke machine from atop a table.
Be the adult in the room, keep an eye out for unusual behavior and help coach your co-workers through what should be a fun time of the year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 02:44
Written by Gren Blackall
Looking through etiquette articles, it appears the common answer to whether you should correct bad grammar in the office is "no, unless the person reports to you, then it is part of staff development."
That sounds reasonable enough, and the course that most workers will probably follow anyway. In general, correcting grammar seems intrusive, even conceited and annoying.
Doing a straw poll around the office, most people wouldn't say a thing, no matter how bad the grammar mistake.
Here's the counter argument. Consider the situation when a co-worker has a piece of food prominently in their teeth. Do you say anything? Many would not, but it's the right thing to do. For one, you'd want to be told yourself. Two, when you look in the mirror and realize you've been walking around with spinach in your teeth, and no one said anything, you'll look differently at the people around you for not being comfortable enough to give you the nudge.
Grammar correction feels more fundamental than something in one's teeth, though, like telling someone they're too short or too thin. Even with all that, there are still good reasons to go ahead and let someone know if they used an obvious grammar mistake. Bad grammar in the workplace is far more dangerous than a momentary embarrassment of food in the teeth. Bad grammar can have job threatening consequences.
Take this backbone-jarring grammar mistake — "That new building in town looks great, I seen it on the way home last night." If you have a milligram of friendship with a person who says this, mentioning it is a civilized thing to do. Maybe a who/whom mistake isn't worth mentioning, but you'll know the times when it is worth it by how it curls your back teeth.
How do you deliver the news without feeling like a jerk? Just say it back to them. "You seen it?" That's it. Don't snicker, don't condescend. If they don't say anything, they probably know they made a mistake. If they ask you why you repeated it, you can just offer, "I've just always heard it said as 'saw' instead of 'seen." That wasn't so bad.
P.S. Even though I wrote this, I'm not sure I could follow my own advice. I do know that I appreciate it when people correct my grammar because it helps me grow. Not sure everyone would take it that way. I'll try though, because I think it's the right thing to do, especially for friends.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 02:45
Written by Trevor Jones
The Tablet vs Laptop choice is a tough one for those who, for whatever reason, can't or prefer not to have both. Obviously tablets cost a little less, but there are several other reasons beyond dollars and cents to choose one over the other. One of my recent experiences illustrates some of the reasons why the choice is so difficult.
A tablet is much more practical for taking notes and monitoring social media at conferences.
Recently, I attended a conference in Boston. For the trip, I carried with me a tablet, a laptop and a smartphone. Seems kind of like overkill, doesn't it? When I first got my tablet one of the applications I had in mind for it was use at conferences, and I figured I wouldn't bring the laptop anymore. Sadly, it hasn't quite worked out that way and instead of getting lighter, my bag has gotten heavier. So, why did I carry both the tablet and the laptop? It comes down to the strengths and weaknesses of each device. Here's how I used each device yesterday and what it says about the devices advantages.
Laptops work best for content creation and document editing
When I attend conferences in Boston I usually take the bus. The bus costs less than driving and offers a free Wi-Fi connection so that I can work during the two hour trip. My laptop was in use during the entire trip down and most of the trip back. During that time, I responded to emails and worked on Word documents and spreadsheets. While it is possible to edit documents and spreadsheets on a tablet, it can be difficult, for a couple of reasons:
Obviously the built-in keyboard on a laptop is a significant convenience. When you're doing really focused work and a lot of typing, this is important. The wireless keyboard that I can use with my tablet helps, but it doesn't compare to my laptop when I'm doing a lot of typing.
Tablets have limited storage and rely on cloud computing applications like Google Drive to store and process your work. While I appreciated the bus's Wi-Fi, it just wasn't fast enough to make editing documents effective on the tablet. Having them stored locally was a much better option, and the laptop works better for that. There are document editing apps that you can use to make this better, though.
Laptops have a lot more processing horsepower. If I had been editing videos for our YouTube channel on the trip down, that would have been important.
Tablets are best for communications and content consumption
While at the conference, I kept my laptop in my bag and I mostly used my tablet to check the conference schedule, keep up with my email, follow what other attendees were saying on Twitter, and take notes during sessions. The tablet has some pretty clear advantages over the laptop for this:
Tablets are more portable, so they are easily carried around.
Tablets have a much longer battery life than a laptop, so you can use them all day without needing to hunt for an outlet or sit in an inconvenient location while you wait for your device to charge. This is really important when you're at a conference, where you often sit in the middle of the room and frequently move from room to room.
To be really convenient your device must always be turned on. At my conference, my laptop would have had to at least be put to sleep most of the day to have any chance of having enough battery life to get me by. Not so with the tablet.
Tablets are basically a screen connected to the Internet. They work great for social media, email, web browsing, watching videos, reading e-books and other simple Internet-related activities.
A tablet's on-screen keyboard is large enough that they are fairly comfortable to type on, making them ideal for basic note-taking activities.
Tablets have built-in cameras if you want to take a quick picture. At a conference, this is great for capturing that really detailed slide. (I usually use my phone for this, though, because holding my iPad up to take a picture seems a bit inconsiderate of my fellow audience members.)
Many tablets have built-in 3G/4G cellular data connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi. Conference Wi-Fi is notoriously bad and the organizers don't want attendees using mobile hotspots because it makes the problem even worse.
Hopefully, my inability to choose between devices for this trip tells you something that will help in your Tablet vs Laptop choice. I wish you good luck!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 02:45
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