5 Ways Yoga Benefits Entrepreneurs

If you are running a small-business, self-employed, or a corporate mogul, both your business and your employees (even if that’s just you) will benefit by incorporating yoga into your daily work routine and your wellness program

Ask anyone with a regular yoga practice and they’ll tell you: Yoga makes you better at life…

A lot of companies now recognize the value of yoga, and more and more are offering classes as part of their corporate wellness. Corporations include the likes of pro sports teams, Forbes, GE, Apple, Google, GM, Chase Manhattan Bank, HBO, GM, Industrial Light & Magic and Nike. But yoga can help all companies, large and small—just as it can help all people, no matter their age, current health or level of flexibility.

Practice the act of yoga and you along with your company will greatly benefit from it.

Here are 8 benefits that explain how everything practiced on a mat is practice for life off the mat and in the office:

#1. Increases self-awareness

The more we practice, the more we discover about our own body – the places that are tight, the places it opens and places we never even noticed before. Awareness enables us to gain more control physically, which leads directly to deeper control mentally and emotionally. This translates to acting and reacting authentically in the office

#2. Intentions become stronger

Setting intentions are a big part of the yoga practice. Before we even move on the mat, we call to mind an intention, or purpose / reason for being there. When we’re crystal clear on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and who we’re doing it for, distractions won’t keep us from reaching our goals

#3.Improves concentration & focus

Stressful deadlines, endless meetings and the general cacophony of a workplace creates mental clutter that prevents you from concentrating on tasks and making good decisions. Yoga’s meditation and breathing exercises help to silence the noise and clear the clutter, letting you be more mindful, alert and focused.

#4. Helps reduce anxiety and manage stress

Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.

Some yoga associations like The American Yoga Association program to help reduce stress in the body and mind does so by developing coping skill with a short daily routine of exercise, breathing, and meditation. Yoga exercises practiced on a daily basis (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) will help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. A lot of exercises can be adapted so you can do them even in an office chair.

#5. Bonding with your team members

Yoga can even help improve your relationship with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones! A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful; benefit from the strengthened special bond you share with people close to you.

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