The world is moving at an incredible pace. Maybe you are too.
That can be a good thing, fun and vibrant until perhaps the pace becomes a little too fast. When you find yourself restless night after night unable to enjoy a full nights sleep and your physiology begins to suffer from signs of stress. Perhaps high blood pressure sets in, issues with anxiety, pre-diabetes, severe headaches, overwhelming fatigue, or simply chronic pain in the back or neck from the years of sitting. Maybe your relationships become challenged, your marriage, your friendships and other connections or you simply begin to realize that you don’t know your own children all that well. Any of these things test your ability to focus at work, to perform at your peak and to be a good leader. It then might be time to inventory your wellbeing and the things you do for yourself recognizing that your wellbeing has a direct impact on your ability to lead and to be that inspiring leader that we all want to be.
Yoga has always been special to me.
Being a yoga teacher is somewhat unconventional for someone like me. International MBA. Investment Professional. High Achiever. High Impact Gym Rat. But I have come to embrace yoga as an effective method for keeping me centered, for taking care of my body AND my mind allowing me to make right decisions at work and at home. My background allows me to teach others like me from a place of ‘having been there’.
I worked very hard to establish the best career that I could imagine in a lucrative, exclusive investment niche sought after by the best and brightest. A leadership role in private equity is very hard to come by especially for a woman. I was what friends called a workaholic. I love working to this day and can spend my entire day working and be ok with it. It is an innate sort of thing; some, often left-brained people, love to work and think and analyze. But after years of being completely absorbed in and even obsessed by my work and career I began to realize that I had given my heart and soul over to the business and the once-predominant, authentic and delightful nuances of myself including my creativity, humor, free-spirit, softness and sensitivity had all but faded away.
Deep down I didn’t really want this tough, hard-charging person to be the face that I showed to this world every day. And I didn’t like how I felt inside a lot of the times. I knew there must be a better way to exist as a professional, as a Leader that didn’t compromise my inner self. I had changed but wanted to find my way back some. Yoga and its wonderful philosophy, breath work, meditation and poses (and my son and daughter!) have helped me to slow down, to find calm in the storm of life and choose the middle path. I am a better mother, wife, friend, daughter and am certainly a better Leader because of it, more calm and focused and better-able to practice sound judgement and make solid decisions. And I’m in the best shape of my life!
You might be thinking that for some reason your path in life is not consistent with being a yogi. But doesn’t it make sense for anyone, for every Leader especially, to take care of their wellbeing and serve authentically as the best Leader they can in this lifetime?