One night several years ago, as I sat at my job as a successful executive at one of New York City’s top fashion houses, I felt myself starting to lose my mind. It was 1 a.m. I still didn’t feel like I was working hard enough. The voices in my head berated me. The pressure and stress were mounting, both externally and internally. There were floods of unanswered emails and impossible deadlines to meet. Somehow, I kept it together. I refused to let it beat me. Years in advertising and fashion bred me to be tough. No way was I going to lose my mind. But that was just the problem.
I didn’t realize back then that the only way to gain my sanity was to “lose” my mind.
Years later, when I learned to observe my thought patterns through yoga, I came to understand it was my overthinking mind that was getting in the way of my ability to cope – not external deadlines or too long to-do lists. Once I understood what yogis meant by “let go” I was able to release the thoughts that plagued me — worry and anxiety over big meetings, endless assignments, not being good enough. It was there I found real freedom.
I decided to leave my corporate job and co-founded Yoga Means Business, a company on a mission to share these discoveries from the Eastern world with the Western mainstream. We want to help people who feel stressed, maxed-out and are ready for positive change. Continue reading >>