The yoga tips I used for my first broadcast interview.

I was delighted and honoured to give my first broadcast interview about REAL LIFE YOGA and to discuss why awareness and simple methods to manage stress more sustainably directly at work, are so crucial today more than ever before in the corporate world. And since my job is to coach business professionals to be at their best, no matter what challenges they face, I used some of my yoga tips as I prepared myself to speak in front of their cameras. This is what I gladly share with you today.

Breathe, any way you need. Because breathing is such an amazing and powerful tool to use anytime and anywhere you like, I have implemented different breathing techniques in my mental and physiological preparation: as a wrote my notes, as I was waiting before entering the recording studio or even incognito in the make up room. Depending on how you would typically feel before such an exciting opportunity, you may want to use just one or several of the techniques I have described below. As always, be aware of how you and your body feel first to know what you need in this very situation.

Breathe out to clear your mind.

As you prepare your speech or your notes and want to make sure that you do not forget any important points there, use this breathing technique to clear your mind and focus better. For this, exhale forcefully through the nose while pulling your abdomen inward. The inhale remains passive so only focus on exhaling and moving your belly in at the same time. Repeat 30 times, exhaling once or twice per second.

Breathe inside your belly to calm down.

When you feel the peak of anxiety rising up, your heart pumping in your chest and your heart beat resonating in your head, take a moment to breathe in your belly. Put your right hand on your lower abdomen and take a few deep breaths here. By doing so, you will trigger a relaxation response in your nervous system and be able to calm yourself down within a few seconds.

Breathe forcefully to be alert and ready.

Do you want to share your message with confidence and conviction? Do you want to make a powerful impression with all the energy and presence you have within you? Then breathe in and out through the nose forcefully and at a faster rhythm (one complete breath within a second). As you do so, really make sure that you inhale and exhale as much air as you can in each of these short breaths. It should feel like you are pumping the air in and out of your system. Do this for 20 times and you will notice a great buzz of energy going through the body up to the head. Now you are fully awake and ready to roll.

 

Try these breathing methods and let me know how it goes for you. Do you need further guidance? Then reach out for a 30 min discovery call. Together we can take a closer look at the challenge you face in your business life and find the rights methods to help you handle them with calm and power.

Two methods every entrepreneur and investor should know.

I was glad to attend the Startup DAYs in Bern this week and to exchange so many views, inputs and inspirations with investors, corporate representatives and entrepreneurs from Switzerland and abroad. As a yoga coach of course, I brought useful and accessible methods so that the 829 participants could make the most of the two days. If you missed the event and did not get a chance to try them out, here is a refresher on how to be at your best for your pitch and how to think clearly before you decide to invest.

The tip to nail your pitch: standing balance.

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1. Stand up straight, step one foot in front of the other.

2. Distribute your body weight equally on both feet.

3. Balance here for a few seconds. Remember to breathe deeply.

4. To spice things up, close your eyes and keep the balance.

5. Repeat on the other side, bringing the back foot to the front this time.

Why it works.

In order to balance, your mind has to be completely still and focussed. As soon as distracting thoughts come, you loose the balance. So play with this method and trick your system whenever you need to focus: stand up, balance and get all the focus you need instantly.

When to use it. 

Before you go on stage to pitch your business idea to investors. Use this simple method to empty your head, focus and give your best pitch ever!

The tip to invest smart: skull shining breath.

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1. Sit or stand straight, putting the right hand on your abdomen.

2. Exhale forcefully through the nose and pull the belly in at the same time.

3. Focus on the exhale only, the inhale happens passively.

4. Keep exhaling strongly at a constant rhythm (once or twice per second).

5. Repeat at least 20 times and breathe again naturally as you stop.

Why it works

This breathing technique brings you all the oxygen you need to think clearly. It also helps you calm the mind chatter and tune in with your “gut feeling”. You are now ready and alert to take the right decision with confidence and conviction

When to use it

Before you vote when you are in the jury for a competition or if you are thinking about investing in a new startup. Use this simple breathing method to clear your mind anytime you are about to take action or an important decision.

A sincere thank you to Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier and Startup Invest for letting me be part of this amazing conference.

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Tips To Save Your Life When Business Gets too Hectic

As an entrepreneur as well as in the corporate world, we face challenges and hectic situations on a daily basis. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about, having founded a startup myself. So some of us will experience more stress than others, some of us will build up tension in their bodies (watch out for your back and shoulders!) while others will desperately look for their missing energy and motivation in a 15th cup of coffee.

What do you do in all these moments when you need a quick fix, right now on the spot, in the situation you are currently facing, without having to wait until the end of the day to feel better? I’ve got good news for you! There are plenty of methods you can use anywhere and anytime, whatever you wear and whatever you are going through. And the best part about this, is that you already have these resources within yourself. So here we go with two of my favourite tips for you:

Before an important pitch: Stand up and balance

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Let’s say you feel anxious before pitching your idea to an investor or before a big presentation. Stand up, place one foot in front of the other and try to keep the balance as you close your eyes. Stay there for a few deep breaths, keeping the focus on your balance and your breathing. Then place the other foot in front and repeat. This will make your nervous system calm down and help you centre before you give your best pitch ever!

To think clearly: Breathe your nose out (Spooky? Not really)

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It’s a fact, we think too much. Our mind likes to fill itself up with useless mind-chatter which prevents us from seeing the solutions that are right in front of us. Sit tall and put your right hand on your belly. Exhale forcefully through your nose in quick shots and pull your belly in just as forcefully as you do so. Really use your belly here to get all the air out in one go. All your attention is on the exhale, the inhale will happen on its own in between. Repeat 30 times, mark a pause to breathe normally and if you don’t feel to dizzy yet, make another round of 30. It looks like a dog breathing on a hot summer day, expect that you focus on the exhale only and you are not sticking your tongue out… Beware: do not try this after lunch (believe me), before going to bed of if you have high blood pressure.

You see, rather simple techniques that are accessible to you, whenever you need them. At any rate, give them a try and don’t hesitate to share how it felt for you!

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