The Value of Yoga: A Better Business and Better Life

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The Value of Yoga: A Better Business and Better Life

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“I honor the spirit in you which is also the spirit in you.”

Six weeks ago, but who’s counting, I hurt my back. Instead of going to the gym, I’ve been going to  physical therapy.

I’m having withdrawal from the gym and my Yoga class.

I have been going to Yoga class for almost a year. At first, I could barely get through trying to ‘get centered.’ I kept thinking. I wish this part would be over. I thought Yoga was for ‘the other types people,’ and I wondered why I was going to class. You know the ones I mean–they walk slower than us ‘quick types.’

Now I know why I go. I’ve learned to pay  attention to my mind and my body.

Now I look forward to putting things out of my mine and just ‘sitting’. I went out and bought a beautiful poster which says the following:

 Namaste: I honor in you the spirit which is in me.

Here’s a little explanation. The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore,namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”


Everything about Yoga is about being able to focus and be present.  Being present is often one of the most difficult concepts to accept. Being present in business and not projecting into the future or the past is hard for many owners. With all types of distractions, it’s more difficult to focus on anything for a short period of time. The value of focus shouldn’t be underestimated. It seems like the new diagnosis for anyone who can’t sit still is adult attention deficit.

I’m not a physician, but I know my own problem with focus goes  back to my childhood when anxiety ruled by life. Some focused group work through the years, along with Yoga, has helped me determine what’s important in my life and simply, ‘pay attention.’


Having clarity is the ability to see things as they are before you act. This state is challenging for many of us, but it’s something that has extraordinary value.  We all know that no matter the size of the  challenge, clear thinking is important. It takes time and focus; both of which are hard to maintain for us “get it done types.” The more we can focus and stay centered, the more likely we’ll  come up with a better solution.


We often talk about empathy in business. Understanding what other’s need and then learning how to give it to them or help them get it helps us build solid relationships. It takes time and understanding. Having enough time is what many of us wish for. Maybe it’s not that we need more time, maybe we just need to use what we have in a better way.


I have found that Yoga has helped me realize that I can be still. For me, this has been a hard lesson to learn. My normal state is being active and thinking that’s the only way things get accomplished. I’m beginning to realize there’s much to be gained by just sitting and staring.


If peace and focus is something you’re yearning, find a Yoga class to attend. The calmness is something that doesn’t happen right away but don’t hurry the process. It’s hard to unlearn what you’ve been doing for years; it might take more than one class.

Lisbeth help individuals  determine what’s important to their success and how to achieve it. She can be reached through her web site,

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About the Author:

Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.

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