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Yoga Lessons To Bring Off The Mat And Into Your Work Life (PHOTOS)

Yoga Lessons To Bring Off The Mat And Into Your Work Life (PHOTOS)

Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 08:44:26 in Healthy Living

“Hurray for the connections made here to work, yoga and the ways our practice can develop and enhance the quality of work life. Many people don't realize that the physical practice is but one aspect of yoga, which has 8 limbs that contain a rich philosophy and guiding principles. If people are interested in knowing more about the depth and breadth of what a complete yoga practice has to offer work life off the mat, they might want to check out the new book Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job.”
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Demands Telecommuters Report To The Office

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Demands Telecommuters Report To The Office

Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 19:32:30 in Business

“This is one of the things that CEOs do that send me over the edge, and it is unnecessary. It's hard to see through the corporate speak of the memo, but at least some of the data points to workers being MORE productive when they work from home, and ultimately more beneficial to the bottom line for other reasons as well. If there is a problem with people who are NOT being productive, it is a management issue, and it would make more sense to deal with individuals, or if the issue is widespread, engage the organization to resolve the issue. A blanket policy like this, issued from the top, is usually counterproductive. If she had looked for other ways to resolve the problem she saw, it's possible people would have come to the same conclusion (though I doubt it.) Done this way, with no flexibility, means making the news this pissing people (not just employees) off.”
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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 18:18:36 in Business

“I'm so happy to see this topic get more exposure. As a long-time yoga practitioner, I can speak personally to the benefits of the physical practice, breathing techniques and meditation. But yoga has 8 limbs that have great potential for transforming both individuals and organizations. They speak to a moral code (Yamas), personal conduct (Niyamas), and are instructive about intention, focus, purpose and the meaning of work, which really is life, not something separate. (Which is why I dislike the term work/life balance.)

If these ancient precepts were mindfully lived out, and the goal was to optimize human well-being instead of profits, I'm certain we could create organizations that were profitable, sustainable and created meaning and purpose for the people who do the work. No one is saying that companies shouldn't profit, only that the do it in a way that takes into account the good of the whole.

22 million people are already practicing yoga. There are practical ways of taking that off the mat and into the workplace.”
Should Women Care About Their Looks?

Should Women Care About Their Looks?

Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 12:53:03 in Healthy Living

“Nice post, Marcia. I do think, however, that for young girls especially, there is an awful lot of pressure to conform to a certain standard of beauty. I wonder how you combat that?”

1Woman4Obama on Aug 19, 2010 at 16:58:41

“I agree with Marcia. In my experience, you grow confidence in young girls by helping them realize their strengths -- whether that is school, sports, art, music, helping other people, being a good friend, whatever. When the focus is on something else that the girl (or boy) feel(s) good about, it takes the pressure off of conforming -- it doesn't disappear but the child has "another place" to go to.... I hated my larger muscular legs in middle and high school but I sure could run fast!”

Marcia Reynolds on Aug 19, 2010 at 13:41:22

“I agree with you Maren. I never felt as pretty as the popular girls in high school. Instead, I focused on being smarter. In the long run, that helped me as I can see at our reunions! I think this topic should be addressed in school. All kids should have a chance to work on strengthening their self-esteem as well as their minds.”