Your work thrives when you’re at your tiptop physically and mentally, and practicing yoga helps you in both spheres in a multitude of ways. There are certain benefits you get from yoga that are hard to find elsewhere that inspire you to push your limits, in a healthy way. Take flexibility for example. Lots of people think you have to be flexible to do yoga, when in actuality yoga is why a lot of yogis are flexible. It doesn’t happen over night, but with consistent practice and commitment to achieving your goal, you can be as bendy as @beachyogagirl.
So what does that have to do with your career? By looking at the example of flexibility alone, you can see how patience, determination and focus all work together until one day you can suddenly slide into the splits and do a back bend with ease. And that’s just one example of what goes down in a yoga class. It’s basically an hour and a half of anxiety relief, positivity and boosted self-confidence all at once.
Still skeptical? Read on to find out 4 awesome ways yoga can enhance your biz, and then get your butt to a yoga class!
1. Improves self-confidence
Confidence is great, but for some people it’s not so easy to own (and that’s okay!). If you’re looking to boost self-confidence in your life and work, yoga is a great place to start. It strengthens your mind and body, which pushes you toward more self-love. It also reminds you of your unique strengths and potentials; and when you know there are things you can possibly do, it helps push negativity out of your mind.
For example, I now know that a headstand is a very real possibility for me, which I would never have thought before yoga. That potential leads to encouragement and builds confidence, which easily transitions to the workplace. Positivity is a key part of building confidence, and yoga is a great way to rid bad vibes and bring more positivity into your life.
2. Reduces stress
Even if you love your job, there are times when work can be extremely stressful. Sometimes you have more work than you can handle, other times you have hard-to-keep-up-with deadlines, and sometimes your biz isn’t doing as well as you want it too, which can raise anxiety through the roof.
Practicing yoga is a great way to take a breather and reduce stress. Yoga teaches you the importance of deep and steady breathing, and there are certain poses that have a positive impact on the nervous system. Top that off with meditation and restful poses that slow the heart and relax the muscles, and you have a stress relief guarantee.
The emotional impact of yoga not only helps you relax in class, but can impact how you handle stressful situations in your work life.
3. With patience comes possibility
Thinking back to the example of flexibility in the intro, yoga teaches you the importance of patience and shows you that with patience comes endless possibilities. With small steps and perseverance you can achieve the goals you set for yourself on the mat, as well as in your career.
4. Boosts mood and productivity
Like any type of exercise, yoga is an amazing mood-booster. Every time I leave a yoga class I feel so cleansed and energized, and ready to take on the day! In my daily work life, a lot of the time I feel like my attention is scattered with all the things I have on the go (anyone feel me?). But yoga reminds me to take a step back and work on focus and mindfulness, even on the most hectic days. All these things together decrease stress and increase productivity!