Yoga And Leadership Related Leadership

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A few years ago, I discovered the nature of yoga. It has become a way of life for me; a form of stress relief. Something I’m sure any college student knows about all to well. But as a student in business, I’ve come to realize yoga and leadership are closely aligned. I know what your thinking... how in the world are yoga and leadership related. Leadership connects to the business world; it is for companies, and organizations. Well, I’m here to tell you it is not all about business.

Here are 5 Ways Yoga and leadership are related

1. Purposeful.
Every yoga session typical begins by setting an intention for your practice. Where will your awareness be directed towards? As silly as this may seem, it’s important to set an intention every day
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A purposeful leader understands the impact they have on society. Whether it is waiting 5 seconds before entering a building to open the door for someone, helping serve the homeless, or traveling to the poorest countries of the world to build homes. Anybody has the power to impact the world.

2. Empowering
As a leader, it is your job to stand up against certain challenges, even if speaking up may be difficult. Leaders are responsible for motivating individuals to take initiative and problem solve. Empowerment in leadership is crucial. Defined by The Wordbank, “empowerment is the process of enhancing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes”. Empowerment is knowing the power to succeed. So how the heck is this related to yoga and why does this matter? First, Yoga teaches you to listen to your own instinct. It helps you to stay in tune with yourself and to understand what you truly wish to achieve. Next, yoga makes you feel valued. Through this, you realize you have the capability to achieve whatever you desire. This is important to leadership because in order to lead we need to know ourselves first. Leadership cannot begin without understanding ourselves and our values.

3. Clarity
A relaxed mind is an open mind. One of the sole reasons I practiced yoga is for clarity. It helps to remove the chaos and puts busy thoughts to rest. As a result, this
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