Yoga certainly induces many health benefits; but does it also offer success in professional life? If you ask these CEOs, who love yoga, then their answer will probably be ‘Yes’. No, these are not the CEOs of the companies which make yoga-wear or yoga mats. However, their CEOs certainly promote the advantages that yoga has offered them. Find out why these CEOs are in love with yoga and meditation.
Mark Bertolini: CEO & Chairman of Aetna
Mark survived a near-fatal skiing accident which left him disabled for nearly a year. He was on a constant dose of medicines to reduce the pain he was experiencing due to nerve damage. However, Mark believes that he could overcome his disability, thanks to non-traditional treatments such as yoga and naturopathy. Because of his immense faith in yoga and its healing properties; Mark also promotes its benefits at the workplace.
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Oprah Winfrey, famous for the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’, advocates Transcendental Meditation. Transcendental Meditation or TM is a form of meditation that allows the body to relax. Some also believe that this kind of meditation reduces anger, depression, anxiety and blood pressure. Oprah says “I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy.”, after she did the Transcendental Meditation.
Stanton Kawer: CEO & Chairman of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
“Yoga Made Me A Better CEO”; these are the words of Stanton Kawer, the CEO and Chairman of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide. He connects yoga with his professional life. He mentions that yoga teaches you to focus and become flexible; two important qualities, which you need in professional life. Stanton also mentions that yoga has influenced his life in every aspect.
Mark Hughes is yet another CEO who believes in yoga! Mark is the CEO of C3 Metrics. He mentions that he learned more about himself and his business due to yoga. During this learning process, Mark also learned 3 principles which he applies in his personal as well as in professional life. These three principles are:
- Embrace Fear to Overcome Fear
- Transitions Make or Break You
- Soul Needs Training
Mark believes that these principles have helped him to grow in his profession.
Tony Schwartz: Founder & CEO of The Energy Project
Though not a complete yoga learner, but Tony Schwartz has certainly found out the benefits of meditation. Meditation is an indivisible part of yoga. Schwartz, the Founder & CEO of The Energy Project, believes that meditation calms his always-busy mind. Schwartz mentions that meditating has also reduced his migraines and he is able to develop more patience at his work. He is meditating for more than 20 years.
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Stanton Kawer: Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
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Tony Schwartz: The NYT DealBook