WORK-LIFE BALANCE / MAR. 05, 2016
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Career Lessons You Can Learn From Yoga

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Have you ever done yoga? Well, even if you haven’t had any experience yourself, I bet that someone you know - a friend, a coworker or a relative has been in some sort of yoga class; it is the new trend after all.

See Also: Turning Yoga Moves Into Career Moves

Even if you are the least flexible human being in the world, it is something that all of us must try at some point in our lives; even to just have some hands-on experience so you can criticize the hell out of it. You can do some headstands, some butt-stands or just sit on your mat and observe a class, we are not pushy. But you must try it at least once, as there are several lessons you can gain from yoga that could help your career.

1. We Are All Beginners

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When you first try yoga, your first thought will be “I suck at this”, but worry not; everyone who is a total beginner won’t know how to practice yoga properly. Nobody is born with innate abilities to balance their feet on the air while doing a headstand.

The same thing happens with our careers; once you start a new job, you can’t just bend or stretch or do a kapotasana like everyone else. So, what you can do instead is do your best, try your hardest and be unpretentious. Keep on listening to the professionals (masters) and always seek their advice, learn how they do their job and do it yourself. Soon, you will look back at how you felt when you sucked and just laugh at yourself.

2. Do Not Fear The Unknown

Lots of yoga studios believe in eating healthy supplements to maintain energy during sessions; most of them swear by eating bee pollen. What is bee pollen you are asking? Well, bee pollen is made by honeybees and is one of the most nourishing foods as it contains nearly all the required nutrients for a human body and even though this is one of the greatest superfoods, not many people are aware of its extraordinary qualities.

So, what is the lesson here? Not to fear the unknown; maybe it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, but it may have huge benefits for you, your company or your coworkers. Take risks, try something different, you never know when something turns out to be awesome.

3. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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If you attend your first yoga class, and you are feeling uncomfortable, don’t stand up, roll your mat and leave; wait and you’ll see that you are not in the wrong place, it is a natural part of the process. As the saying goes “You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown” if you want to achieve your dreams. If you try out something that is weird and scary, it will then be less weird and scary. By trying out new things, you become a more well-rounded individual ready to handle all possible unexpected occurrences in both our professional and personal lives.

4. Respect Your Limits

As we said before, you are not expected to be an expert on all the yoga poses at the beginning - even the easy ones will be difficult to do. But this doesn’t mean that you have to push yourself too hard. For example, you shouldn’t push yourself to do a pose that makes you feel pain; if it is painful, then it’s your body’s way to tell you not to do it.

We all need to acknowledge that everybody has their own limits, whether these are emotional, physical or interpersonal and even though a little healthy push is okay, if you ignore these limits it will have dangerous results. Don’t overstrain yourself with too much work - you need to be honest about what you can contribute to the team. Your work will be more appreciated if done correctly.

See Also: How to Become a Yoga Teacher

There are so many things you can learn from yoga; apart from being healthy. Just keep an open mind and open chakras.

Have you ever done yoga? How has it affected your life? Let us know in the comments section below.

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