Businesses Can Benefit From Yoga. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a guest post from Kat Byles. Kat Byles is the Founder of the True Business School. Kat invites you to follow your heart’s wisdom into a happier, healthier, wealthier business and world by sharing how to use yoga principles and postures to boost your career. So many of us are working too hard, too fast, and risking burnout. We know we’re doing it, but we don’t know how to stop and worry that if we do, our career will suffer.
Businesses Can Benefit From Yoga
It hurts when US politicians put gun sales and NRA pay outs before the lives of children massacred in schools. It hurts when water companies pollute the UK’s rivers and seas with sewage, killing wildlife, and making people sick. And it hurts when your soul slowly dies when you are in a job that you hate but you stay to pay the mortgage and feed your family.
In these moments we are misaligned with our true nature and purpose. We are separate from Source: the universal energy that delights in creating the moon, stars, forests and oceans. When we are separate from our higher consciousness, we make decisions led by ego-driven agendas that result in win-lose outcomes.
Cut off from Source, or universal energy, we struggle against our nature, working hard to chase ambition, financial targets, promotions, recognition and goals. We become sick; depression, stress, and anxiety set in.
Yoga offers us a way of being that unites us with Source, with our creative consciousness. Asanas are yoga postures that facilitate a union of our body, mind and spirit. By bringing yoga off the mat and into our business, we have a way of uniting with Source, universal energy, and a way of being in harmony with both mother nature and our own true nature.
Working with the biggest names in sport, as a global change-maker with a big mission and purpose, and working a 100-hour week, I burned out. My health, relationships and happiness were driven into the ground.
I listened to my heart’s wisdom and followed it to Antigua. Here I floated in the turquoise Caribbean Sea, walked barefoot on the white sand, ate ripe, juicy mangoes from the tree and fell into a rhythm with nature. This immersion in nature restored my wellness. Then it began feeding me with inspiration for True Business – a way of being in business in harmony with our true, higher nature and creative consciousness.
So how you can you avoid burning out by bringing the principles of yoga into your business? There are three key steps: connection, alignment and skilful action.
How To Avoid Burning Out By Bringing The Principles Of Yoga Into Your Business?
Step 1. Connection
Start by connecting with your heart’s wisdom and learning to listen to what it has to tell you.
You can do this through meditation; or by being in nature—perhaps swimming in the ocean, or walking in the forest—or by journaling, painting, dancing, breathwork, movement, playing with your children or pets. Find your preferred way.
Step 2. Alignment
Now listen to your heart’s wisdom to build a practical business structure that is completely aligned with who you are and what you came here to do.
Listen to your heart’s wisdom to receive your purpose, and to discover your audience – the people your purpose naturally serves. What is the one thing you want to say to them, from your heart to theirs? What is your message? Where are you showing up to meet them and provide value?
Step 3. Action
This gives you a clear pathway, which is unique and true to you. You are ready to take action that will take your forwards in the right direction enabling you to fulfil your purpose and bring you joy.
Any action taken without attachment to outcome becomes skilful action, also called Karma Yoga. This opens a flow of opportunities that are a match for you and your business. What was previously challenging becomes inevitable.
Remember, it takes courage to trust the whisper of your heart; to let go of attachments and control. You may initially experience a panic, a fear that if you do let go nothing will happen, that the clients, the deal, and the money won’t come in! You may worry that your business will fail and tell yourself that you must get busy and you must push! But, on the other side of surrender, you will experience release and relief. You’ll be able to create with presence in harmony with your natural creative flow, creative consciousness and grace, lighting your way.
Yoga Poses for Business
To help you create connection, find alignment and take action, there are five yoga poses I use myself and recommend for different aspects of business.
Mountain Pose or Tadasana
Stillness. Stand tall like a mountain.
Stand upright, feet parallel, facing forward. Ankles, knees and hips are stacked evenly above each other. Your tailbone is neutral. Shoulders are open and down. Arms are loose and long and your palms are slightly open.
This brings you to a still, grounded, presence. It’s a moment to check-in with yourself, notice your breath, your feelings and your needs. A time to turn from the outer world and ‘doing’, to your inner world and ‘being’. This is a movement away from giving and towards receiving. This pose will take you into peace, calm and strength.
I choose this posture: Before I start the business day, anytime I need to check in with myself, and to bring a grounded presence before a meeting or presentation.
Goddess Pose or Utkata Konasana
Energise. Power up the feminine energy that created the universe.
Stand with your feet three feet apart, turned out 45 degrees, exhale and power squat. Drop your shoulders. Bring your arms up and bend as you do for a wall angel. Keep your chest open and chin parallel to the floor. Breathe.
This is a power pose. It ignites your energy, grounds you on the earth, and fires up your fierceness so you are ready for anything. It leaves you feeling confident, focused, and plugged into your inner power and pleasure.
I choose this posture: For an energy boost, when doubts and fears rise, and when I need to take a stand for myself and my vision.
Warrior 2 Pose or Virabhadrasana II
Focus. Open up concentration, discernment and stamina.
Face the long side of your mat, arms stretched out, feet parallel in a wide stance. Turn your right foot towards the short end of the mat. Bend your right knee over your right ankle. Press down the outer edge of your back foot. Reach strongly through both arms and turn your gaze to look past your right fingertips. Repeat on the left.
This pose is named after Virabhadra, a warrior representing the destruction of evil, ignorance and delusion. It opens up your focus, concentration, stamina and strength. It brings a discernment to say yes to your purpose. Distractions fall away.
I choose this posture: When focus and urgency is required to meet a deadline, when I feel scattered or overwhelmed, or when I need to go the last 100 metres to complete a project.
Tree Pose or Vrksasana
Balance. Rooted, playful, flexibility and freedom to fall.
Begin in Mountain pose. Spread your toes, press your left foot into the mat. Find your focus, a steady gazing spot in front of you. Place your hands on your hips and raise your right foot high onto your left thigh or shin. Stretch your arms overhead like branches reaching into the sun. Hold and breathe. Repeat on the other side.
This encourages you to feel rooted and reach tall. It challenges your balance. You may find yourself swaying, or falling. Replace the need to get it right or perfect, by inviting in playfulness, the freedom to fall and flexibility.
I choose this posture: When I need to restore the balance of being and doing, when I need to inject playful creativity into the day, and when I need a reminder that falling isn’t failing.
Corpse Pose or Shavasana
Surrender. Total relaxation. Give yourself to the earth.
Lie on the floor. Lengthen from your neck through your tailbone, open across your chest, and move your shoulder blades away from your spine. Let your entire body sink into the floor. Let go. Relax. Give yourself completely to the earth.
This complete relaxation allows you to release any tension, and to assimilate, integrate, restore, and surrender to universal flow. You mind starts to settle and your nervous system recalibrates and resets.
I choose this posture: After meetings where there’s a lot of information to assimilate and integrate, anytime I experience sensory overload, and to close the business day.
By bringing yoga off the mat and into your business, you will find that the business thrives without the need for long hours and constant activity. When you take consistent business action inspired by your heart’s wisdom, you build structures that nourish and support you to thrive. Your business becomes a vehicle for the expression of universal intelligence. You create win-win outcomes.
I hope you enjoyed that.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kat Byles is the Founder of the True Business School, working with creative, visionary and purpose driven leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, healers, artists and coaches to unleash their heart’s wisdom and creativity on a happier, healthier, wealthier business and world.