Last week we looked at practical ways to maximise 2018 so we can thrive this year instead of just trying to survive. But how can we also bring our spiritual practice into our work environment? The working world and yogic principles might seem like strange companions but clarity of purpose, commitment to ethics and being authentic have driven some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs from the Apple Empire of the late Steve Jobs to Richard Branson. We should not be surprised that the last book that Steve Jobs read was, The Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda.
The movement now is of better business as a creator of value, not just wealth. Profit being a by product of purpose, not the reason to get out of bed in the morning. Yogic thinking destroys the life limiting beliefs which can hold so many of us back whether in our professional or personal lives. The practice of kundalini yoga and meditation gives us the clarity and focus which made those like Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett so successful. Yogic principles also help us navigate the ethical dilemmas that characterise the work environment, having to make money and employ others.
Practical Guide to Yogic Success at work
- Be yourself. There is no sustainability in wearing a mask or trying to be like someone you admire. By focusing on your strengths and abilities you will find your niche.
- Once you understand your niche exploit it, be the best you that you can be. Oprah Winfrey said she never competed with anyone. She was told just be yourself she.
- Being a former lawyer, I love a little critical thinking and I find writing easy, therefore not only do I teach yoga and I have decided to be a teacher trainer but it suites me to understand yoga on a mental level as well as a spiritual level one and I work this out by researching and writing my blog.
- Self care – it is important for your mental health to build a life outside work. This could mean developing a yogic practice, social life with friends, hobbies. Headspace to breathe other air is good. This helps you keep a perspective at work.
- Planning – make a plan but leave room for the magic of connections, collaboration and creativity to come into your work.
- Do what you need to but have unshakable faith and confidence that what you need will come to you when you need it.
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This week’s classes:
Mon 15 Jan 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 16 Jan 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5
Tues 16 Jan 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8
Wed 17 Jan 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 17 Jan 3.30-4.15am Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5
Wed 17 Jan 6.45-8pm New Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Thurs 18 Jan 11 – 1pm Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond
Thurs 18 Jan 3-4pm Kundalini Yoga, Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Fri 19 Jan 6.30-8.00pm Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7