There are entrepreneurs who practice yoga to get the edge they need in business. They say it gives them that mental and physical ability to be the best at what they do. Yoga improves clarity, relieves stress, and allows you to center yourself when you have to make big decisions. The pressure that a top CEO faces daily is immense. While they are a special breed of superhuman, they still need help during long days of creating and maintaining an empire. Here are some of the successful CEOs who practice yoga to perform well and stay on their game.
1. Daniel Loeb, Founder & Chief Executive of Third Point, LLC
Daniel Loeb has $17.5 billion in assets under the hedge fund he manages. He is historically one of the most successful hedge fund managers. He also happens to practice Ashtanga Yoga regularly. Loeb says that he attributes his yoga practice with the ability to manage his mind a thought arise. He says that he has learned to come out of hard positions in life and push through the moments of discomfort. These improvements have allowed him to make decisions that work with his moral guidelines for life.
2. Russell Simmons, Co-Founder Def Jam, Founder Phat Farm
Rusell Simmons has been practicing yoga for two decades. He talks about how he gained a certain presence within himself when he started a daily yoga practice. He said it helped him become more focused and would experience great moments of creativity. This helped him build the successful business he has today.
3. Sergey Brin, Co-Founder, GOOGLE, Inc.
Sergey Brin is well known for doing many adrenaline-filled activities. He also has a lot of love for the relaxing practice of yoga. He says that his practice has allowed him to maintain a sense of normality in his life and it keeps him centered.
4. Arianna Huffington
Arianne Huffington has been a major advocate for all things spiritual. She is sort of an inspiration in many ways. Ariana says that both early-morning yoga followed by meditation are two of her “joy triggers” in life. She actually offers meditation classes to the people in her company. Yoga is a major supporting factor for anyone who wants to take on meditation.
5. David Inns, CAEO of GreatCall
David Inns owns a company that provides mobile health and safety solutions. He not only does yoga but he also encourages everyone in his company to take part in it. David organizes weekly yoga sessions once a week and even joins them. He says it improves the health of his organization and makes everyone in the company more productive.
Inns say that working out with his employees was the way he created a motivated culture within his company. To get out from behind his desk and interact with his employees this way has created an incredible workplace full of respect.
6. Justin Rosenstein, Founder of Asana
Justin Rosenstein, when asked how he recharges, says he does meditation and yoga among other things. This allows him to forget about his busy life and brings him back to himself. He also likes relaxing with his friends and eating chocolate.
7. Mark Bertolini, Chairman and Chief Executive of Aetna
Bertolini nearly died in a ski accident. To bring his health and fitness back to full strength, he opted to use yoga and other holistic treatments instead of using prescription medications. He knew that taking painkillers would impair the way he thought as well as his energy levels. This was not a risk he was willing to take so he delved into yoga. He found that along with acupuncture, it healed his nerve damage effectively. His recovery was considered amazing.
This inspired him to bring yoga into the office. He had a specially-designed yoga and meditation program created to increase how mindful people were. It has also helped to reduce stress within his company.
Yoga gives people a sense of compassion and awareness of the world around them. On an individual level, a CEO will have the ability to negate many of the huge stresses that occur in their life. For some, it has attributed to their ultimate success. For others, it allows them to maintain their calm and cool demeanors no matter what is happening in their life. Yoga has so many health benefits and is a great way to promote further athletic activities. Some CEOs know this to be true and they use it to leverage their success every single day.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, an entrepreneur and a mother. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OM times and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential training in India (Rishikesh, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali). You can take a look at her website here.
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