When I opened Stacy Justin Advertising 15 years ago, I knew it was programmed in me to work 100% to build a new business. I also knew I needed to plan movement and balance into my life. The first week I opened, my friend invited me to my first yoga class. I kind of thought to myself, “I’m not that interested as I get my exercise with weights and cardio. I don’t really need yoga!” But I figured I’d give it a try.
And it wasn’t just any yoga class. This was an intense hot yoga 60-minute class.
I remember the instructor saying, “This is your practice. No judgements.” I immediately felt comfortable and stopped comparing myself to others. And surprisingly, I kept going back (and I’ve improved!). 15 years later, I’m still going to the same 4:30 pm yoga class in addition to strength training and running.
I find yoga offers a peaceful practice where I can clear my mind and detox my body. It adds balance into my life, something that I think many business owners lack.
Yoga also has benefits including:
✔ Providing mental clarity
✔ Producing a state of calm
✔ Decreasing stress
✔ Reducing pain
✔ Improving flexibility and strength
✔ Creating a greater mind-body connection
Since that first yoga class, I’ve been to five different yoga retreats. It’s just become a part of who I am. And for any fitness industry business owner that listens, I’ll go on and on about the benefits of this age-old practice!
So, how do you fit balance into your life? Do you schedule your workouts so that you can get the most out of your business?