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Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and on the Job

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Synopsis:

Anyone who practices yoga understands that more is going on than stretching. Restful meditation brings clarity and energy for solutions at work. Gentle poses open up new sources of positive energy for tough problems. Most of all, peaceful, quiet instructions wash away stress and make each day full of health and vitality.

But the asanas—poses—are just 1/8 of what yoga actually is. The physical practice from which millions derive so much benefit is rooted in a larger philosophy that has profound insights to offer. Maren and Jamie Showkeir believe passionately that we've barely scratched the surface of yoga's powers, especially as a way to make the workday and workplaces more enjoyable, productive and creative. In this very personal and instructive book, they reveal the remaining yoga principles that even some long-standing practitioners may not know about. They discuss how each “limb” applies to the workplace and even suggest asanas that will help you deepen your understanding of these principles. These other limbs of yoga include:

• Yama--universal morality

• Niyama--personal observances

• Pranayama--breathing exercises

• Pratyahara--control of the senses

• Dharana--concentration

• Dhyaba--devotion and meditation

• Samadhi--union with the Divine

Synopsis:

In the Western world, the yoga practice associated with doing poses on a mat benefits millions of devotees every day. Yet few people realize that the physical practice is rooted in a larger philosophy offering profound insights that can help people confront the complexities of daily life, especially at work.

Maren and Jamie Showkeirs unprecedented book brings into crisp focus the full range of yogas rich, transformational benefits. Based on the traditional Eight Limbs of Yoga (the postures, or asanas, are only one limb), it offers straightforward, practical suggestions on how to integrate yogas ancient philosophy and beautiful spiritual principles into the modern workplace.

The Showkeirs know firsthand how yogas wisdom can make work—and life—more rewarding and worthwhile. They explain each of yogas tenets and show how a broad, steadfast practice leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment. The book offers illuminating stories from people in professions such as banking, law enforcement, film directing, education, and more. These living examples illustrate how yogas teachings reduce stress and increase meaning and satisfaction at work.

The Showkeirs believe passionately that a physical practice alone will barely scratch the surface of yogas transformative powers. Much more than a simple how-to book, Yoga Wisdom at Work is an invitation to use the Eight Limbs to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us. Yogas precepts offer you the keys for staying centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—including from nine to five.

Synopsis:

Yogas Ancient Wisdom Can Transform Your Work Life

Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the bodys flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yogas transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five.

This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yogas teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.

 

About the Author

Phonex, AZ

Table of Contents

NOTE TO OUR READERS

INTRODUCTION

• Work and the Yogic Path

• Whole yoga, whole work

• Yogas transformative influence

• A fresh frame for ancient wisdom

• Practicing yoga off-the-mat

• The roadmap

CHAPTER ONE

• Beginners Mind, the Power and the Promise

• Going out on the limbs

• Each limb reinforces the other

• Suggestions on how to use this book

CHAPTER TWO: THE FIRST LIMB - Universal Morality (The Yamas)

• NON-VIOLENCE (Ahimsa)

o Self-to-self conversations

o Learning to see the ‘invisible

o Speak up!  well-being before profits

o The blame game and beyond

o Creating space for compassion

o Ahimsa in a violent world

o Five suggestions for practicing ahimsa

• NON-LYING (Satya)

o The three elements of truth

o Satya is the foundation of trust

o Eliminating the spin cycle

o The ‘how of satya

o Silence as a violation of satya

o Five suggestions for practicing satya

• NON-STEALING (Asteya)

o Thieving without thinking

o Stealing the credit

o Giving freely

o Five suggestions for practicing asteya

• NON-SQUANDERING OF VITAL ENERGIES (Brahmacharya)

o Sex and the workplace

o control and consequences

o Controlling cravings

o Five suggestions for practicing brahmacharya

o NON-GREED (Aparigraha)

o Work motivated by love and service

o Confusing pleasure and profits with purpose

o Implications at work

o Learning to let go of yearning

o Five suggestions for practicing aparigraha

CHAPTER THREE: THE SECOND LIMB - Personal Code of Conduct (The Niyamas)

• PURITY (Saucha)

o Cleanliness, health and well-being

o Empty the garbage in your body and mind

o Purity at your desk

o Five suggestions for practicing saucha

• CONTENTMENT (Santosha)

o Choosing contentment

o The attitude of gratitude

o Detach from your stories

o Five suggestions for practicing santosha

• DISCIPLINE (Tapas)

o Channeling the force

o Regeneration to restore the fire

o Five suggestions for practicing tapas

• SELF-STUDY (Svadhyaya)

o Internal focus, outward gaze

o The seeds of certainty

o Five suggestions for practicing svadhyaya

• SURRENDER (Ishvara-pranidhana)

o Letting go of attachment to outcomes

o Surrendering to resistance

o Five suggestions for practicing ishvara-pranidhana

CHAPTER FOUR: THE THIRD LIMB - Postures (Asana)

• Corporate benefits

• Metaphorically speaking

• Five suggestions for practicing asana

CHAPTER FIVE: THE FOURTH LIMB - Breath Control (Pranayama)

• Redirecting energy

• Physical and benefits

• Five suggestions for practicing pranayama

• Pranayama Techniques

CHAPTER SIX: THE FIFTH LIMB - Withdrawal of the Senses (Pratyahara)

• Sensible senses

• Instinctual mindfulness

• Five suggestions for practicing Pratyahara

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE SIXTH LIMB - Focus (Dharana)

• Accidental dharana

• The myth of multitasking

• Fencing yourself off for focus

• Admit you are out of control

• The present is a gift

• Five suggestions for practicing dharana

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE SEVENTH LIMB - Meditation (Dhyana)

• Meditations workplace benefits

• A solo practice

• Five suggestions for practicing meditation

CHAPTER NINE: THE EIGHTH LIMB - Absorption (Samadhi)

• The point of yoga is samadhi

• Purpose, work and absorption

• Five suggestions for working toward samadhi

CONCLUSION

• Finding Your Way

• The promise of endless expansion

• Your light will make a difference

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

RESOURCES

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

About the Authors

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609947972
Author:
Showkeir, Maren
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Author:
Day, Christine
Author:
Showkeir, Jamie
Subject:
Personal Transformation
Subject:
Religion Western-Inspirational
Subject:
Meditation
Subject:
Stress
Subject:
Spirituality
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Anyone who practices yoga understands that more is going on than stretching. Restful meditation brings clarity and energy for solutions at work. Gentle poses open up new sources of positive energy for tough problems. Most of all, peaceful, quiet instructions wash away stress and make each day full of health and vitality.

But the asanas—poses—are just 1/8 of what yoga actually is. The physical practice from which millions derive so much benefit is rooted in a larger philosophy that has profound insights to offer. Maren and Jamie Showkeir believe passionately that we've barely scratched the surface of yoga's powers, especially as a way to make the workday and workplaces more enjoyable, productive and creative. In this very personal and instructive book, they reveal the remaining yoga principles that even some long-standing practitioners may not know about. They discuss how each “limb” applies to the workplace and even suggest asanas that will help you deepen your understanding of these principles. These other limbs of yoga include:

• Yama--universal morality

• Niyama--personal observances

• Pranayama--breathing exercises

• Pratyahara--control of the senses

• Dharana--concentration

• Dhyaba--devotion and meditation

• Samadhi--union with the Divine

"Synopsis" by ,
In the Western world, the yoga practice associated with doing poses on a mat benefits millions of devotees every day. Yet few people realize that the physical practice is rooted in a larger philosophy offering profound insights that can help people confront the complexities of daily life, especially at work.

Maren and Jamie Showkeirs unprecedented book brings into crisp focus the full range of yogas rich, transformational benefits. Based on the traditional Eight Limbs of Yoga (the postures, or asanas, are only one limb), it offers straightforward, practical suggestions on how to integrate yogas ancient philosophy and beautiful spiritual principles into the modern workplace.

The Showkeirs know firsthand how yogas wisdom can make work—and life—more rewarding and worthwhile. They explain each of yogas tenets and show how a broad, steadfast practice leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment. The book offers illuminating stories from people in professions such as banking, law enforcement, film directing, education, and more. These living examples illustrate how yogas teachings reduce stress and increase meaning and satisfaction at work.

The Showkeirs believe passionately that a physical practice alone will barely scratch the surface of yogas transformative powers. Much more than a simple how-to book, Yoga Wisdom at Work is an invitation to use the Eight Limbs to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us. Yogas precepts offer you the keys for staying centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—including from nine to five.

"Synopsis" by ,
Yogas Ancient Wisdom Can Transform Your Work Life

Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the bodys flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yogas transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five.

This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yogas teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.

 

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