Clarity vs. quantity in methods and in words.

30 days into our 100-day blog challenge, we have adopted a new approach. One that favours clarity over quantity. You might have already noticed this in our series of articles on breathing, moving and awareness following our CNNMoney Switzerland interview. Each article is now centred around one idea at a time, one inspiration, concept, or yoga method which you can incorporate straight away into your day, in your business or personal life. Here is why clarity is key in sharing and learning and why this matters so much more than quantity. 

Picture @Unsplash Jess Watters

Picture @Unsplash Jess Watters

A shorter read for your busy schedule.

Let’s face it, you are busy enough already, so the shorter it is, the more you benefit from it! 

One piece at a time is easier to digest.

As much as we love to share our tips and to let the writing buzz guide us to insightful places, lengthy articles are not the easiest to digest, are they? It is like having a big plate of pasta, one spaghetti leading up to another which ends up with you turning your fork on itself for hours. In line with a previous article touching upon micro learning, the best way to learn and assimilate new information is through repetitive, micro-sized pieces rather than a big plate full at a time. And this applies for your brain as much as for your stomach.

If you are a fervent defender of quantity and still insist on getting that big plate of spaghetti for lunch, here is a useful tip to help you digest.

So the coaching method, so the blog.

Short and bite-sized articles is indeed what resonates most with our REAL LIFE YOGA coaching principle for easy and simple methods. So just as we give you simple tools that you can use quickly at your desk or on the go to feel more empowered, relaxed and focused, so are we crafting blog posts that you can read in the same amount of time.

For more bite-sized tips and videos to help you be at your best in business and real life, check our Youtube channel and our website.


Stress management & productivity at your desk: on breathing (part 1).

All we need to start living a more sustainable and empowered business life is to breathe and to move consciously, with calm and awareness. This is what I demonstrated on CNNMoney Switzerland with Ana Maria Montego last week. And as simple as it might sound, breathing, moving and being aware of your self while you work and as you go through the day, will considerably improve your life on a physical, psychological and emotional level. This is what we help you with at REAL LIFE YOGA and today we will look at what makes breathing so powerful, giving you a first simple method to get you started.

Breathe to trigger your nervous system.

From all the physiological functions regulated by our autonomous nervous system, breathing is the only one that we can actively change to impact other autonomic functions such as our heart rate, and our mood. And because breathing allows us to switch on and switch off on command the para-sympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, we have direct control over our physiological response to any stimuli and situations around us. How powerful is that! 

From all the physiological functions regulated by our autonomous nervous system, breathing is the only one that we can actively change to impact other autonomic functions and our mood.

Do you need to calm down before giving a speech? 

Then breathe through the left nostril (closing the right one with your right thumb, to switch on the para-sympathetic nervous system, which will trigger the relaxation response. 

When you need to relax, all you need is to breathe through the left.

When you need to relax, all you need is to breathe through the left.

Do you need to power up for your big day? 

Then breathe through the right nostril (closing the left with your right ring finger) to activate the sympathetic nervous system and release hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline in your body that will get you alert and ready for action.

For more tips and videos to help you be at your best in business life, check our Youtube channel and our website.

Source: The Science of Breathing, Yoga Journal, 2015.

Why you want to set your own deadlines, even if you think you still have time.

Have you ever felt so clear in your mind about how you wanted your project to look like up to the smallest details yet you do not take action straight away and drag it with you for days and weeks. No matter what it is, your presentation outline, your living room decoration or your next event location, when you can picture a result with such clarity, there is no point in putting it to later. Here is why it pays off to make anything that already exists in your mind tangible to others, as soon as you can.

Procrastination does not feed the right side of your self.

I had a very precise idea of the items that were missing in my website, for months. And even though this was already the third iteration of my business presence online, I knew exactly what was missing for me to feel that I could fully rely on my website as being operational, insightful, informative and easy for my customers to navigate. Of course, spending hours on this fourth version did not seem to be the most urgent action item on my to-dos so I kept dragging it for weeks. In this time, the mental pictures kept paying me regular visits, which in turn reminded my inner-critic that there is still “so much” left that I hadn’t achieved yet. As you can imagine, this is not the greatest boost for your self-esteem nor for your motivation. Plus, it makes it harder for you to focus on all the other tasks you chose to prioritise instead. While you are busy distracting yourself with these, you are still neglecting and not doing the other. 

By putting things to later, you are reminding your inner-critic that there is still “so much” you haven’t achieved yet.

Set your own non-negotiable ultimatum or it will be set upon you.

My ultimatum was the broadcast day in the next 2-3 weeks of an interview I gave. I knew that before that day, I wanted the REAL LIFE YOGA website to have numbers of brand new features: our Youtube channel up to date, the online videos of all the yoga methods and breathing exercises we use in our coaching uploaded on the page, a separate section for each of the services we offer, from corporate, online coaching and real life mentoring as well as an online shop making it easier for my clients to learn, pick and choose the best service for them - all of this in a more colourful and light design. And I thought I would still have time in the next two weeks to drag it a bit further until I’d eventually sit down to do it. Right... I actually had two days left before broadcast and spent the two nights up and working to make all the above true. I knew I could do it and this was now all the time I had. And because I knew exactly what had to be done, I could trust my inspiration and let all my creative juice run freely. No judging or questioning any of the elements that I had pictured.

Spare yourself the panic and negative self-talk by setting a non-negotiable deadline.

Eventually I managed, but I also know that I could have saved valuable sleeping time and spared myself the panic and the negative self-talk if I had set a non-negotiable deadline to myself before. This was my proof right there, that there is no point in waiting before implementing what was so clear to me. So if you don’t want deadlines to jump at you sooner than later, make sure that you set them yourself, consciously, and give your very best to honour them.

 

And here it is, our brand new and beautiful website! Make sure you visit, say hi, sign up for your free 30min discovery call and share any input or question you may have. We are happy to help and to hear from you.

Your employees HAVE resources, they ARE NOT resources to use and replace.

I attended the first Hacking HR event in Zurich last week. A wonderful initiative that gathered a panel of HR professionals and experts to question the reality and the future of human resources, sparking a lot of disruptive conversations, in relation to learning, to AI, to culture and to the “resources” themselves. If you are looking for how this relates to giving your team the tools to be at their best, no matter what challenges they face in their business life, then be my guest and read on.

One key element that caught my attention was the newly acknowledged necessity that each person within a company ought to be treated and considered as a talent. Without positively discriminating a few and enrolling them in so-called talent programs while negatively discriminating the others by leaving them figure it all out by themselves in their day-to-day job. This was the point made by Liliane Kuert and rightly so, she compared this with playing in an orchestra. Would you pay a high price ticket to come listen to an orchestra in which only the soloist is worth listening to and the rest of the orchestra, well… kind of plays and does its own thing? As a manager, is this how you want your business to look or sound like?

Well, this is exactly the point, if you want an orchestra or your company to be playing at the very best of its capacity, you need wonderful people that have an intrinsic motivation to give the best they have at work, every single day. And this won’t work because you have put a few of them in the spotlight of being a “talent” while the others are considered “valuable resources”. You need to give every one of them the room and legitimacy to take on their role seriously, with responsibility, confidence and empowerment, as if this role was the best they ever had.

When you take a moment to consider the reality of stress in the corporate world, you can come exactly to the same conclusion. There are not just those who are better at handling it and all the others who don’t and will go for back problems, sick leaves and burnouts. There should be no such thing as full-on mindfulness training for your top manager and leaders only, while the rest of your employees who work at the front shall attempt to manage stress without any help on top of their other projects. The truth is that you, as a company, have a pool of highly skilled and talented people who simply need the space and guidance to be able to tap into the resources they already have within themselves in order to be at their best.

And if you are still unsure about how to do this, then simply know that it can be done through each and every one of them becoming more aware of themselves while they work, by knowing how to breathe and move simply in any given situation to be in control of the way they handle, react and sustain challenges that come to them in their business life. This is what we do in REAL LIFE YOGA and I invite you to watch our video to open your eyes as to what your team is capable of when it is given the methods to be successful and sustainable in their day-to-day life, inside and outside their business.

 

For more tips and videos to help you be at your best in business life, check our Youtube channel and our website.

The yoga method you will never forget once you tried it.

We all have our secret tips that help us feel better whenever we need. And there is one among the yoga methods we use in our REAL LIFE YOGA coaching that definitely remains in all minds and in all bodies: I am speaking of the eagle arms. They look funny for sure but once we’ve tried them and felt them, they become your best friend for releasing and preventing tension from building up in your back.

On top of being memorable for your mind and for your muscles, the eagle arms are the perfect way to release effectively and quickly tensions in your upper back stored in between the shoulder blades. This usually happens when you have been sitting for too long at your desk, maybe even cramping up your shoulders to your ears without noticing.

No matter if finding new ways to manage and reduce stress naturally in your business life has been your main concern lately or not. Just take 30 seconds to try this easy yoga posture. We promise, it won’t take you long and you can keep your clothes on, stay at your desk and remain comfortably seated in your chair. Ready? Here we go directly to the youtube video.

 The eagle arms step by step:

1. Sitting straight, open your arms to the sides, fingers pointing up and elbows bent.

2. Take the left upper arm on top of the right, hooking the elbows together.

3. Clasp hand palms or try to bring the back of your hands towards each other.

4. Move elbows up & down to find that juicy stretch between your shoulder blades.

5. Stay there and breathe deeply 5 times, letting go of the tension on the exhale.

6. Release slowly and roll your shoulders before repeating on the other side.

 

For more tips and methods to help you be at your best in business life, visit www.reallifeyoga.ch.