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Using Coffee and Yoga to Improve the Workplace Experience (In-Person)

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


This course will be offered IN-PERSON. It will not be recorded as there are in-class activities. This is a 1-hour course.

Incorporating wellness practices into the workplace can increase morale and retention, increase productivity, and reduce sick leave among other benefits.  This interactive one-hour workshop will provide two examples of such practices – coffee breaks and yoga – to illustrate how intentionally incorporating these habits into daily routine can strengthen the health and climate of the workplace.

Coffee breaks in the workplace serve as more than a quick fix for midday slumps, increased alertness, and productivity. The practice also produces a mentally healthy work environment by reducing stress and burnout and increases a sense of belongingness by building community with colleagues. Yoga, a form of mind-body fitness is classified by the National Institutes of Health as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has a positive effect on health in the workplace, particularly in reducing stress and an overall improvement in quality of life.

We will begin the session enjoying a cup of coffee with pastries* while sharing research indicating the many advantages of coffee consumption from a workplace wellness perspective. Next, we will discuss the benefits of incorporating mindfulness practice into the workday, specifically through yoga. We will move together in a gentle 10-minute chair yoga session* to demonstrate accessible, easy-to-implement tools you can use without the need for any special equipment, space, or clothing. We will then discuss how you can incorporate each of these techniques into your personal routine and motivate your colleagues to participate.

*Please indicate any dietary restrictions in your registration form. While the chair yoga session is meant to be accessible regardless of apparel, it is recommended to wear comfortable attire that would allow you to stretch and bend while seated.

Instructor: Michelle Temple

With over 5 years of experience with Qualtrics, Michelle has worked with the Odum Institute in varying capacities since 2003. She is a UNC alum receiving her B.A. in Sociology. While working toward her degree, she was hired as a telephone interviewer at the Odum Institute and was later promoted to call center manager before accepting a full-time role as Program Administrator, Project Manager, and Consultant. During her time at Odum, she was involved in the initial creation of the administrative infrastructure and managed operational aspects of the Certificate Program in Survey Methodology (currently known as the Certificate in Survey Science). As a project manager, she applied social science research methods to manage data collection projects including telephone, mail, in-person, web surveys, and focus groups. Additionally, she has offered consultation services for questionnaire design, question writing, and Qualtrics programming.

Currently, Michelle is focusing her time supporting Qualtrics-related needs across campus and is available to provide consultation and support with technical software questions, and programming services.

Registration fees:

  • UNC Chapel Hill Students: $0, with a $25 deposit to hold your spot (deposit is refundable upon your attendance for at least 66% of the course)
  • UNC Chapel Hill Faculty/Staff/Postdoc/Resident/Visiting Scholars: $50
  • Non-UNC Chapel Hill University Student/Employee (must have active university email): $75
  • Government/Non-Profit/Corporate: $100

Additional course information:

  • Registration will close at 12:01am 3/19/2024. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.


For questions regarding this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


March 22
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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208 Raleigh Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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