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; and Samadhi - union with the Divine.
About the Authors
Maren Showkeir and Jamie Showkeir are the principals of Henning-Showkeir and Associates, a consulting firm whose work centers on harmonizing the demand for business results with creating a culture where individuals can find meaning and purpose at work. Their clients include 3M, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, British Airways, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Hewlett Packard, Levi Straus and The Nature Conservancy. Maren has been a committed yoga practitioner for over fifteen years and has trained as a yoga teacher. Jamie has been meditating since the 1970s and has had an asana practice since 2005.
"Filled with personal insights and stories that carry yoga into the world of daily decision making.... It is wonderful to see the foundations of practice brought to life in such a confident, sincere, and thoughtful way."
--Pandit Rajmani Tuganait, Chairman and spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute
"Maren and Jamie show that yoga is not just about poses--the practice is about creating the stillness of mind that will allow you do the work you were meant to do. Seriously, read this book!"
--Russell Simmons, cofounder of Def Jam
"The [Showkeirs] bring the deepest teachings of yoga alive by showing exactly how to bring our yoga--and our best selves--into the world."
--Judith Lasater, PhD, author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times
"A significant contribution to the body of literature bridging East and West, the Showkeirs' work provides a powerful guide for applying the principles of yoga to develop human potential and enhance work satisfaction. Highly recommended."
--Howard Cutler, coauthor of the bestselling The Art of Happiness (with the Dalai Lama)
"This generous, insightful, and eminently practical book is offered with an open heart from years of experience--the best practice manual I've read for how to embody authenticity and integrity. I am grateful to Maren and Jamie for bringing together the disciplines of yoga and leadership."
--Meg Wheatley, bestselling author of Leadership and the New Science and So Far from Home
"With so much emphasis these days on practicing poses, the other seven limbs of yoga are often overlooked. The application of ancient wisdom to modern life situations offered here will be helpful to all people, whether or not they ever set foot on a yoga mat. Please read this book!"
--Desir e Rambaugh, internationally known master yoga teacher
"The Showkeirs draw upon 2,000-year-old wisdom and adroitly weave personal stories and case histories to crisply illustrate the Eight Limbs of Yoga's applications in the contemporary workplace."
--Dr. Paul Mittman, president and CEO, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
"Translating this essential, ancient knowledge into a pragmatic, contemporary context is a huge and valuable contribution. Expand your knowledge and expand your life with this book!"
--Kevin Cashman, bestselling author of Leadership from the Inside Out and The Pause Principle
"By relating all aspects of yoga to the workplace and using everyday language, the authors put the intricacies of this advanced spiritual tradition within reach of the general public.... a useful tool for those seeking to expand their understanding and practice of yoga whether they are experienced yoga practitioners or have just begun their first class."
--Anna Jedrziewski, book reviewer, Retailing Insight (formerly New Age Retailer)
"I love the book's simple, clear instructions on how to infuse your daily work life with ancient spiritual principles and practices. Rather than rolling up your sanity in a yoga mat, you can keep it by practicing yoga at work. All together now: 'Ommmmm.' Perfect!"
--BJ Gallagher, bestselling author of A Peacock in the Land of Penguins