Yoga wisdom at work Finding sanity off the mat and on the job

Maren Showkeir, 1957-

Book - 2013

"In the Western world, the yoga practice associated with doing poses on a mat benefits millions of devotees every day. Yet few people realize that the physical practice is rooted in a larger philosophy offering profound insights that can help people confront the complexities of daily life, especially at work. Maren and Jamie Showkeir's unprecedented book brings into crisp focus the full range of yoga's rich, transformational benefits. Based on the traditional Eight Limbs of Yoga (...the postures, or asanas, are only one limb), it offers straightforward, practical suggestions on how to integrate yoga's ancient philosophy and beautiful spiritual principles into the modern workplace. The Showkeirs know firsthand how yoga's wisdom can make work--and life--more rewarding and worthwhile. They explain each of yoga's tenets and show how a broad, steadfast practice leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment. The book offers illuminating stories from people in professions such as banking, law enforcement, film directing, education, and more. These living examples illustrate how yoga's teachings reduce stress and increase meaning and satisfaction at work. The Showkeirs believe passionately that a physical practice alone will barely scratch the surface of yoga's transformative powers. Much more than a simple how-to book, Yoga Wisdom at Work is an invitation to use the Eight Limbs to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us. Yoga's precepts offer you the keys for staying centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day--including from nine to five"--

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Published
San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc [2013]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
ix, 209 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781609947972
1609947975
Main Author
Maren Showkeir, 1957- (-)
Other Authors
Jamie Showkeir, 1952- (-)
  • Work and the Yogic path
  • Beginner's mind : the power and the promise
  • The first limb : universal morality
  • The second limb : personal code of conduct
  • The third limb : powtures (asana)
  • The fourth limb : breath control (pranayama)
  • The fifth limb : withdrawal of the senses
  • The sixth limb : focus (dharana)
  • The seventh limb : meditation (dhyana)
  • The eight limb : absorption (samadhi)
  • Finding your way.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Rather than framing yoga as merely a physical practice, the Showkeirs (Maren is coauthor, Authentic Conversations) elaborate on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, or the spiritual foundations for living a healthy life. The authors propose cultivating a more productive work environment by encouraging compassion, committing to the truth, letting go of yearning, and fostering gratitude. Yoga terminology and quotes by Eastern philosophers abound. VERDICT Recommended for those who are well acquainted with yoga and who want to bring more spirituality to their practice. [Page 91]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In the Western world, the yoga practice associated with doing poses on a mat benefits millions of devotees every day. Yet few people realize that the physical practice is rooted in a larger philosophy offering profound insights that can help people confront the complexities of daily life, especially at work. Maren and Jamie Showkeir's unprecedented book brings into crisp focus the full range of yoga's rich, transformational benefits. Based on the traditional Eight Limbs of Yoga (the postures, or asanas, are only one limb), it offers straightforward, practical suggestions on how to integrate yoga's ancient philosophy and beautiful spiritual principles into the modern workplace. The Showkeirs know firsthand how yoga's wisdom can make work--and life--more rewarding and worthwhile. They explain each of yoga's tenets and show how a broad, steadfast practice leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment. The book offers illuminating stories from people in professions such as banking, law enforcement, film directing, education, and more. These living examples illustrate how yoga's teachings reduce stress and increase meaning and satisfaction at work. The Showkeirs believe passionately that a physical practice alone will barely scratch thesurface of yoga's transformative powers. Much more than a simple how-to book, Yoga Wisdom at Work is an invitation to use the Eight Limbs to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us. Yoga's precepts offer you the keys for staying centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day--including from nine to five"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Yoga practitioners fight work stress with stretching and breathing exercises-but does yoga stop when you step off the mat? In this surprising book, the authors show why poses-asanas-are just one part of yoga practice. There are seven other "limbs" of yoga that are often neglected, especially during the workday"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Showkeiers (workplace consultants and yoga practioners) present a guide to first grasping and then applying the insights of yoga practice and philosophy "off the mat." The book is organized in chapters on each of the eight limbs of yoga--universal morality, personal conduct, postures, breath-control, withdrawal of the senses, focus, meditation and absorption. The authors discuss the practical and theoretical applications of these concepts. To this end, the book is heavy on philosophical explication and even scientific edification in the form of, say, neuroscience backing up traditional claims about meditation's benefits. Each chapter ends with several suggestions for practicing. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Yoga’s Ancient Wisdom Can Transform Your Work Life Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the body’s flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yoga’s transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five. This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yoga’s teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.  

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the body’s flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yoga’s transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five. This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yoga’s teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the body’s flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yoga’s transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five. This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yoga’s teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.