Three Ways Yoga Can Benefit The Businessperson

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Three Ways Yoga Can Benefit The Businessperson

How Yoga Can Benefit The Businessperson

The lot of a modern businessman is a stressful one and there is always so much to do. It would take a compelling set of reasons to convince a successful businessman (or even an unsuccessful one) to add another task to an already packed schedule, so why would he or she even think about taking regular Yoga classes. In this article we examine some of the main benefits of Yoga and how they can apply to the busy businessperson.

The Benefit to Physical Health

The ultimate goal of most business people, is to become wealthy, isn’t it? Have you ever heard the saying that your health is your wealth? Believe me it is true. No matter how much money you have you, it is not much use, if you are unwell, or worse, no longer alive!. Personal health is often neglected in today’s busy corporate world.  So, the question is not whether one can afford the time for exercise to become healthy; it is whether they can afford not to. Health is a sliding scale – you are not usually 100% healthy, but you may be 100% ‘unwell’.  It’s important to think about how much your level of health may affect your work. A healthy body will allow you to concentrate more effectively, work harder and increase the time you spend productively.

Yoga is the perfect way for a businessperson to look after their physical wellbeing. Because the exercises are usually low impact, even someone who is out of shape, can start the practice of Yoga, and the more regularly it is performed the better that person’s health will become. Yoga is a very efficient method of releasing tension and stress. According to the traditional philosophy of Yoga, during a busy day, certain blockages develop around the body and many of our vital organs do not get the full amount of energy, or oxygen and nutrients, that they may need to function at peak efficiency. Yoga stretches different muscles groups in certain ways, that will lead to these blockages being released, so that the blood flow brings the body’s  organs all the energy, oxygen and nutrients they need.

Yoga’s health benefits are both immediate and long term. In the short term blood flow is increased and the body functions better because it is receiving the nutrients it requires. Tension is also released from muscles and the lymphatic system is able to more effectively deal with waste products. In the longer term these will be ongoing benefits.  The digestive system will also function more efficiently, which has innumerable health benefits. The general balance, co-ordination and flexibility will also be greatly enhanced.

The Benefit to Mental Health

Have you ever considered the importance of a breath? We know that when someone stops breathing they ultimately die and even this simplistic understanding should tell us how important it is to breath. However, breathing properly is often ignored. Healthy breathing is vital, and brings numerous health benefits, and imparts strong mental advantages, at the same time.

Yoga sessions will usually begin with a standing, breathing exercise. The simple process of taking in a deep breath and releasing it slowly is incredibly calming and forms the basis of the breathing exercises that are integral the Yoga discipline. The key to this breathing is that it draws our attention to the one simple action of breathing. We become very aware of the life giving benefit of a deep and controlled breathing cycle and are able to achieve a level of calmness that may otherwise elude us in our everyday lives. That calmness itself is a stepping-stone to achieving focus.

The ability to focus is probably the single most important primary skill in a work environment. There is always so much going on around us and so much that needs to be done that it is difficult to focus on the single task we are doing because of the multitude of things ‘in the back of our mind’. Regular Yoga teaches techniques to quickly clear the mind of all these other distractions and then focus our mental efforts on a single task. It is also a great provider of personal discipline. The self-discipline that is learned from focusing on the body and becoming master of oneself is a key benefit of Yoga.

The Benefit of Happiness

Happiness is a goal that is often sacrificed in the short term in exchange for some mystical point in the future when everything will come together and be okay. Yoga doesn’t move you any closer to that mystical time, but because you develop such a strong sense of self and connection with yourself, it is common to become more content with your current situation. You will find that the more you practise Yoga the more you will be comfortable spending time alone as well as amongst other people. Your sense of self worth will increase and you will perform better in social situations. This is perhaps the most important gift that Yoga will give to you.

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