At her Cooper Square HQ, Arianna Huffington goes even bigger with yoga, meditation and 'breathing exercises'
One of the well-known perks of working at The Huffington Post are the fifth floor nap rooms where reporters and editors can catch some shut-eye in between deadlines. And one of the most talked-about aspects of last year's political conventions was the HuffPost "Oasis," which provided fancy spa services and health foods to weary wonks.
Now, Huffington Post journalists have been telling Capital, there are even more New Agey amenities being offered in the site's offices at AOL's 770 Broadway headquarters.
For the past two months, HuffPost's high-output worker bees have been attending yoga, meditation and breathing-exercise sessions that are held weekly in various conference and meeting rooms.
The company provides mats, music or whatever else is necessary for the classes. All you need to do is show up.
"People are loving them," Arianna Huffington told Capital in an email, on which she CC-ed the three editors who lead the sessions.
"I just had a reporter who was on a call and couldn't make this week's meditation ask me if I could offer them every day," said Paul Raushenbush, the site's religion editor. (His class was particularly packed the first time Huffington herself attended, according to people who were present, and there was even a special guest in the room: New York Times media columnist David Carr.)
"I coordinate the yoga classes and get emails every week with inquiries," said Kate Bratskeir, who works on the "GPS for the Soul" section. "I think it's something a lot of our staff looks forward to."
The breathing exercises are overseen by Lori Leibovich, executive editor for lifestyle content, which has become a more integral part of the site's DNA in recent months.
Huffington has always been something of an earth-mother guru figure. But the 62-year-old web-publisher's talk of wellness and well-being seems especially prolific lately.
Just this morning, Huffington was on the "Today" show promoting an idea she's been pushing called "The Third Metric," which encourages hard-working people (women, especially) to prioritize time in their schedules to de-stress before getting back to the grind. (She's hosting an entire conference about this tomorrow with "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika Brzezinski.)
It's about "leaning back," said Huffington, "in order to un-plug, re-charge, renew ourselves and then really be back at work in a way that is not burnt out, exhausted."
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