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?