Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job
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Yoga’s Ancient Wisdom Can Transform Your Work Life
Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the body’s flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yoga’s transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five.
This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yoga’s teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.
“Filled with personal insights and stories that carry yoga into the world of daily decision making.… It is wonderful to see the foundations of practice brought to life in such a confident, sincere, and thoughtful way.”
—Pandit Rajmani Tuganait, Chairman and spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute
“Maren and Jamie show that yoga is not just about poses—the practice is about creating the stillness of mind that will allow you do the work you were meant to do. Seriously, read this book!”
—Russell Simmons, cofounder of Def Jam
“The [Showkeirs] bring the deepest teachings of yoga alive by showing exactly how to bring our yoga—and our best selves—into the world.”
—Judith Lasater, PhD, author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times
covering their bacon. Even so, it would be hard to argue that practicing satya is not essential for a truly successful enterprise. It creates the necessary conditions for work cultures that operate based on: ~ People trusting each other ~ Knowledge and understanding ~ Connection to others ~ Confidence in the enterprise ~ Commitment to a vision The number of people in organizations who complain to us that they can’t possibly tell the truth at work is striking and disheartening. People see
the wake of reorganization that meant some managers would lose their offices and have to work in cubicles. I was sympathetic—I remember similar feelings of loss and umbrage in a similar situation at a newspaper where I worked. But if you can learn to be resolute to the impermanence of everything, and understand that material stuff doesn’t really matter, you’ll avert self-inflicted suffering. At her restaurant job, Rebecca says people often view the work itself from a scarcity perspective, even
experience—a kind of surrender. “As I doodled, I decided to trust. I didn’t decide or think about what would come out of it. I let go to see what would emerge.” She scribbled as she listened to people, then smeared the scribbles with a few drops of water. As the water and pencil markings blended, she thought, “Oh my goodness, this is someone in a Warrior II pose!” She began wondering why that image was emerging, so she did a search for “yoga warrior” on her laptop. The answer she got: A
we are experiencing samadhi if we can see and understand things that we could not see or understand before.” Brynne, a healthcare professional who has practiced yoga for nearly a decade, remembers having such a shift in an unlikely “union” with a difficult woman that forever altered the way she attends to patients. She is a physician’s assistant, and was working in a public health clinic when she walked into an examination room and had a visceral negative reaction to the obese and unkempt woman
lost their homes when they knowingly took out loans they knew they could not afford? How different things would have been if all these decision-makers were fully committed to living the precept of ahimsa? And just because you don’t have the authority of a CEO or senior manager, you are not powerless. Individual actions can be powerful, and they matter. When you see an unsafe, risky, or morally wrong situation and choose to ignore it, you could be unwittingly responsible for future violence. The