What Yoga Has Taught Me About Work

I love to practice yoga.

It’s a great stress reducer and workout, but the most interesting benefit is what it’s taught me about my work. Here are three principles I’ve learned that go beyond the yoga mat;

Be in the Moment  

Although a difficult sequence of yoga poses may seem daunting, it’s important to set your focus on the pose you’re in, rather than the whole series. Similarly, when projects and responsibilities pile up at work, it’s important to focus on the task at hand and to deal with the challenges ahead as they come. In both instances, this provides more concentration on the present task and less stress about the overall goal.

Accept Where You Are 

It’s frustrating when you can’t get into a yoga pose. However, rather than being hard on yourself, it’s important accept where you are in your practice and work toward completing a challenging pose. In the workplace, you may not excel at managing others or giving presentations, but you can’t get discouraged. Play to your strengths as you continue to strive toward the skills you want to acquire in the future.

Focus on Yourself

Yoga teaches you to focus on yourself in your practice, which allows you to get in touch with who you are and what you want. At work, it’s always important to step back once in a while and ask yourself if you’re pleased with the work you’re doing and where you’re headed in your career. Checking in with yourself is a powerful practice to stay on track with what you really want out of your life.

If you’ve tried yoga, you probably know the benefits, but if you haven’t, I suggest you do, so you can gain a little more insight on your work and yourself.

Have you tried yoga? 

3 thoughts on “What Yoga Has Taught Me About Work

  1. HI, Lindsay –

    Thank you for continuing to include me on your blog. I faithfully read them and enjoy seeing your insights into your life and career.

    I have not tried yoga – but would love to try it. I just have to stop saying that and DO IT !!

    Much love ——

    Nikki

    1. So glad that you’re enjoying my posts. You should definitely try yoga, it’s rewarding in ways you haven’t even thought of. Thanks for reading!

  2. I tried Yoga once but all the concentration and trying to let go gave me a serious headache. I never tried it again. I’m glad it works for you and I enjoyed your blog and the connections you made between your job and the lessons you apply from your Yoga. I know I should try it again. It’s also suppose to be good for your heart!

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