Last night I went to a workshop on “Eating for Energy” at a great local Hamilton, Ontario establishment called Om on Locke Street. I found that though I knew a lot of the points that were covered in the workshop my visit really started to make me think about the side of me that likes to explore yoga, clean eating and the “spiritual” side of myself.
One of the things that really sparked my thoughts flying was when the Health and Nutrition coach Kim Ruzycki noted that one of the things that “Taking time for yourself”, was key to getting more energy.
Despite my usual mantra being “Namast’ay in bed” I do thoroughly enjoy yoga. Yoga draws parallels with fundamental lessons we need to be successful in business. Here are the top things yoga has taught me that I have found important in my career adventures.
- Patience is key.
There are some difficult poses out there. Personally, I had crow pose when I was practicing more frequently, then I lost it…. it’s more of a “NO” pose now (seriously, I just fall over). There aren’t many balance poses a beginner yogi can master on the first shot, it takes patience, practice and commitment to the task. A little bit of work each time gets you there. This is the same in business. Right out of the gate you won’t always know the answer, the company’s process, or the right forecasting method for that project. If you have determination and a bit of patience, you will become an indispensable asset. Stay teachable and all of a sudden everyone will ask YOU for advice, because you took the time to practice and master your craft.
- Comfort Zones get you nowhere.
Such is true in networking, such is true in yoga. If you go to the same teacher and only want to do the same flow over and over again eventually you will become stagnant. In business, being open to the “art” of networking is key to survival. So many stories of ” someone who knew someone got the job” or “elevator pitches” leading to a crack at a tough project exist out there for a reason. It’s scary shit to try something new, but if you don’t you will be in the same place today you were 5 minutes, months and years ago. Take control. Further to this point, the best freakin’ buzzword ever Innovation is a key component in both yoga and business. It is pretty obvious that without innovators in business we wouldn’t have new products, new inventions, or new ways of doing things. Hell, you wouldn’t be reading this blog on a computer, because without innovation we wouldn’t have those! Innovation is a cornerstone in yoga also, through which you can deepen your practice. Changing up breathing patterns, flow sequences, and mantras can yield surprising results so long as you stay open. In addition, our minds are powerful and need to be fed new information on a regular basis. Get the fuck out there already!
- You are your greatest asset, take care of yourself.
Much of the time yoga is viewed as a restorative addition into life. You take time to sit with yourself, your thoughts, and dive deeper into your own rhythms. Yoga also is a compliment to a healthy lifestyle, and can improve both strength and flexibility. In the end, you cannot do yoga without your body, so it is important to take care of it. The same goes for business. Performance is hindered when we are unhealthy, tired, and unable to find passion. Literally you have one body, and one brain with all of those amazing business ideas so take care of it! Eat something green, take a deep breath, and take over the world.
- Stay authentic.
When two identical candidates are left on the table of a hiring manager, oftentimes it comes down to a gut feeling of who would best get along with the team. As humans we are drawn to authenticity, and if you are not being your true self, trust me it will come out in the end. Stick to your principles, back up ideas you really believe in, and be yourself. I promise you will love your career so much more. Furthermore, as people discover inauthenticity, they won’t trust you, ruining your chances of imparting change in your chosen industry. Yoga also requires us to stay authentic, as we answer to ourselves. We need to be honest about our successes and challenges to learn new abilities and deepen our practice.
Some other key learnings that coexist with yoga and business:
- Group energy can be truly awakening (don’t be afraid of teams!)
- Start strong
- Quiet time is some of the best creative time
- Clarify your intent, then set your goals
Thanks for reading!
Interested in some wellness coaching? Give Kim a try! She actually CAME from a corporate background, how cool is that?? Find her at her blog, Picky Diet.
Interested in OM?
Visit them at https://www.omonlocke.ca/
They have some killer shirts that I am in love with such as the one pictured below, and host fantastic workshops for the community!