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Beyond the Mat
Achieve Focus, Presence, and Enlightened Leadership through the Principles and Practice of Yoga
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Yoga is thought of by many as a fitness hobby–a gentler alternative to SoulCycle and CrossFit–but its underlying philosophy offers much more than a good workout. Yoga can relieve stress, focus the mind, and provide a path to reinvention, resilience, and a meaningful life. In Beyond the Mat, physician, executive, and yoga instructor Julie Rosenberg reveals how the essential lessons of the four-thousand-year-old Yoga Sutras contain a relevant framework in which to thrive both personally and professionally, with:
- Principles for achieving work/life balance, building resilience, cultivating compassion, and working effectively with others
- Practices to manage time, avoid distractions, and get in “the zone”
- Breath-control exercises to mitigate stress and anxiety
- Power poses that can be done at home, at a desk, or on the go
Our team faced its biggest challenge of the year: a high-stakes presentation to senior management about a pivotal clinical trial for a new type of cancer treatment.
We had prepared and practiced tirelessly for months—convening teleconferences and web meetings to connect the thirty-five-person team from their offices across the United States and Europe. Now the big day was here. My colleague Jim and I met in our New York City office and ascended to the twenty-fifth floor to deliver a presentation to twenty top leaders in the company. In a matter of hours we would request funding to proceed to a phase-three clinical trial, where our new drug would be evaluated in a large group of patients to confirm its effectiveness, identify side effects, and compare its effectiveness to an existing treatment.
Sure, things looked promising—the numbers were good, and our earlier clinical trials had gone well. If the plans for the phase-three trial were approved by management, successfully conducted, and concluded as anticipated, we would be ready to submit our application to regulators worldwide with the ultimate goal of marketing a drug that would allow more patients access to a desperately needed anticancer agent.
We needed to positively influence the most senior executives in our company to support this final phase of the program; funding goes to those programs deemed to have the best odds of success. This meant securing enough money to conduct a phase-three trial. A quarter of a billion dollars would do.
Welcome to the world of pharmaceuticals. High stakes and high pressure. Lives and profits continually in the balance. In the midst of this pressure I felt reasonably calm and self-assured. My boss had often suggested that I am too matter-of-fact. In reality my temperament is anything but matter-of-fact because I know that there is so much more than money at stake. If we failed to make our case, a potentially life-saving treatment for millions of people could get held up indefinitely. Further, our team’s investment in this program could come to a screeching halt, and those of us working on the team would need to scramble for other positions both within the company and beyond. Demands in the industry are continually high, and circumstances can shift at a moment’s notice. So I often pondered how to best cope with the stress of my job.
I am a pediatric oncologist who has worked in the field of oncology for nearly two decades. I am intimately familiar with why these drugs are necessary and what can happen when an effective agent is unnecessarily delayed due to bureaucratic red tape. So when I said this was a high-stakes presentation, I meant it. It was not only high-stakes, it was also highly personal.
I come from a “cancer family.” Most everyone on my father’s side of my family has had cancer, and the majority ultimately succumbed to disease. My father, a very fit athlete even into his later years, died in a frail condition six months after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. My sister has lived with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) for the past seven years. Interestingly, her primary treatment has been with dasatinib, a drug that I worked to evaluate in children with CML prior to and during the time of her diagnosis. This was a surreal experience—there are only about fifty-five hundred new cases of CML diagnosed per year (that’s rare!), mostly in the elderly, and my forty-eight-year-old sister was diagnosed with the very disease that I was then studying in children.
I too am a cancer survivor. I am a twenty-four-year survivor of stage-one papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Although I no longer fear dying from this disease, I suffer from dry mouth, dry eyes, and intermittent hoarseness of voice from the complications of surgery and subsequent treatment with radioactive iodine. These symptoms are chronic, and I am reminded daily of my disease as I attempt to live a “normal” life. These reminders are often subtle, such as the need to frequently use eye drops, but they are, nevertheless, reminders. As more and more information has become available about cancer survivorship and the risk of second cancers, I sometimes worry about what’s next for me. However, I have decided not to have genetic testing to ascertain my future risk of certain other cancers. I prefer to limit my stress and anxiety around the diagnostic possibilities that may arise based on these past circumstances. All I can control are my lifestyle choices. One of my choices is yoga.
Believe it or not, I have found that my yoga practice is the answer to coping with stress, both in my personal life and on the job. As I was about to deliver this key presentation I felt calm. Jim, however, was anxious and sweating. His nervousness was palpable. Why the difference? I had learned through my yoga practice to stand tall with an open posture, to breathe though anxiety, and to stay focused on the task at hand. I was not fearful, but rather I embraced this challenging situation with high risk, as I knew I could grow from it.
Supervising a large global drug development program is incredibly challenging, but it offers me the opportunity to help develop new drugs that will serve cancer patients worldwide. And for the past fifteen years the millennia-old physical, mental, and spiritual discipline of yoga has made it possible for me: healing my body by enhancing my ability to handle stress and anxiety and building my resilience, agility, and stamina—thus strengthening my leadership capacity and capability. Yoga has been so effective in enhancing my own life, both at work and at home, that I decided to become certified as an instructor so I could share this passion with others. Since 2012 I have taught others how to thrive through yoga by embodying its principles both on and beyond the mat—the ultimate goal.
Most of us think of this ancient, mind-body, Indian-born tradition as a fitness hobby, a gentler alternative to trendy options like SoulCycle or CrossFit, useful for those of us, mostly women, often professional, looking to relieve stress and fight time’s effect on our bodies.
But my experience as a leader operating at a high level in corporate America has shown me that yoga—both its physically challenging asanas (postures) and its profound, far-reaching philosophy—is a rich, robust technology for personal and professional development. All you need to begin is a willingness to engage and possibly a yoga mat. You can even do plenty at your desk. It won’t freak out your coworkers (they will want to do it too).
Yoga is my secret weapon. My personal practice—typically thirty minutes or less each morning—gives me the strength, poise, flexibility, and groundedness to lead with confidence in demanding environments where mistakes cost lives and fortunes.
Senior management at my company is infamous for derailing teams—presenters are rarely able to complete their presentations in the face of an endless barrage of interruptions.
The day prior to this high-stakes presentation we spent the morning reviewing the slides and agreeing on key discussion points. I knew we were ready to go, but the team kept evaluating and re-evaluating its decision making. At this stage the team members were just adding to their own anxiety. It wasn’t helping any of us to feel more prepared.
Sit in your chair with your spine tall and straight, keeping both feet on the floor and your knees facing forward. Take a deep inhale. On the exhale twist to one side from the bottom of your spine, engaging your abdomen and rolling your shoulder blades back and down while gently grabbing the side of the chair that you’re twisted toward. Keep your chin lined up with the center of your chest. Breathe here for five to eight breaths, seeing if you can grow your spine longer with each inhalation and can deepen the twist with each exhalation. After five to eight breaths, return to center and do the other side.
Reflecting on what I’ve learned in more than a decade of yoga practice I took several deep, grounding breaths, reviewed the slides one last time to ensure that there were no remaining considerations, and left.
Rather than dwell on the challenge ahead, I decided to invest my energy in some needed self-care. I went to a sushi bar for lunch. Then, on the spur of the moment, I bought a ticket to a Broadway show. I had a seat in the third row, and the play was terrific. I left the theater feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I returned to my hotel room and got a good night’s sleep.
The next morning was our big day. I woke at 5:00 a.m. as usual. Then I went to the gym. I sat on a stool in the back of the locker room—the gym is not too busy at that hour—and meditated for a few minutes. Yogic mediation has helped me to expand my conscious awareness and has given me more freedom and empowerment in my life. Then I ran on the treadmill for a half hour, focusing on keeping a slow, even breathing pattern and clearing my mind. I don’t typically run with headphones while listening to music, as I appreciate the quietude and being disengaged from noise for a while. I concluded my time at the gym with a twenty-minute asana practice, again focusing on my breath to support the movements—inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. I left feeling open, light, and awake.
After my morning yoga practice I showered, got dressed in a well-tailored power suit, and ate a healthy breakfast (yes, these things—personal presence and good nutrition—are part of living your yoga practice, as you’ll find in the coming pages). I walked over to the office, ready to take on the management team. I was confident, alert, and poised.
My colleagues and I entered the conference room. There were no name cards in front of the twenty members of the senior leadership team, and I knew only a few. I greeted those nearest me and sat with no trepidation at the head of the table.
All eyes were on us. After a pause the head of our program spoke first. Her anxiety was palpable; she failed to even introduce the two of us responsible for delivering the presentation on behalf of the team.
Great, I thought. Here I am, a relative unknown trying to get a room full of strangers to give me lots of money. And I can’t even get introduced properly.
Luckily the time I’d spent on my yoga practice that morning and for so many mornings before it helped me side-step that flare of annoyance and stay in the moment. Jim began the discussion. After he finished speaking I paused, took a deep breath, and then continued the proceedings with confidence. I knew that we “owned” the room. This was “our day.”
After all, the senior management team and I were equals as human beings. We were on the same team. We had the same goal of serving patients while supporting the needs of the corporation. Looking through eyes clarified by the philosophy and practice of yoga instead of seeing the management team as “them,” I saw “us,” a room full of allies and friends.
I explained the issues at hand, the options on the table, the plan we had in mind, and the choice we thought they should make. No one interrupted me. When I finished you could hear a pin drop in the room. Silence. Engagement. They were thinking about what they’d heard.
It typically takes twenty-four to forty-eight hours for management to decide on program funding. And yet I felt no surprise twenty minutes after the discussion had concluded when we received the green light.
It was the fastest funding decision any of us had ever seen at the company.
Yoga continues to enhance my effectiveness as a leader—the discipline, the community, and the practice have helped me to become more engaged at work and to better manage my team. As a leader I focus not only on results but also on people, their individual needs, and how to help them recognize their individual and collective value to the success of the organization. Yoga has helped me ensure that I don’t take things too personally, that I can accept the wins and the losses with detachment and with the same grace and ease. I have developed an intuitive sense of my strengths as a negotiator and an influencer. I am better able to let things go and to move forward through success and failure, keeping both at the proper size and proportion.
Yoga, writes Mahadev Desai in his introduction to The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi, “enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly.”
Our Western view of yoga is that it is a discipline composed of a series of pretzel-like physical exertions done to get fit and flexible, usually with some token Sanskrit words thrown in here and there to keep things interesting but somewhat elusive. Yoga is also an industry, one worth billions of dollars each year: the market is rife with swanky supplies and trendy clothing as well as exclusive yoga retreats in exotic places. A 2016 Yoga in America study showed that annual practitioner spending on yoga classes, clothing, equipment, and accessories rose to $16 billion, up from $10 billion over the past four years.
Yoga is now promoted for nearly everything—from helping people recover from injuries, to reducing anxiety and depression, to aiding practitioners in staying toned and fit. I read recently that I can better bond with my dog through doga—yes, that’s yoga with your dog. Don’t have a dog? Never fear. A cat shelter outside of Atlanta hosted a yoga class with felines; it was a great hit! Live in a rural area? Forget Downward Facing Dog—try Downward Facing Goat! Classes are popping up all around the country that actually include yoga alongside farm animals. It often seems like everybody and their mother (or brother) is either practicing yoga or planning to change careers and training to become a certified yoga instructor.
But at its heart yoga is neither fashion nor fitness (and, as fun as doga may sound, yoga is not meant as an avenue to bond with our pets!). What most people refer to as yoga is but one aspect (asana, or “postures”) of a much larger, interconnected system. Along with the postures comes breathwork, concentration, observances, withdrawal, restraints, and meditation—all components of the complete practice. Yoga is a practical philosophy of self-observation and inner inquiry. The concept of self-awareness or knowing oneself is central to both yoga and leadership.
My study and practice of yoga have greatly impacted my understanding of leadership and how I lead. The purpose of this book is to distill the essential lessons of the yoga sutras into a meaningful framework for leaders at all levels. The yoga sutras, despite being at least four thousand years old, are as relevant today as they were in ancient India. They offer ways in which you as a leader can bring greater focus, clarity, and self-awareness to your leadership approach. My goal is to help you to change the way you think in order to change the way you act. The good news: if you practice yoga or want to start a practice, that’s great! Even if you think yoga is not for you, keep reading. You don’t need to be an ardent yoga practitioner to understand and implement this framework. Why? Yoga tells us that we are our own best teacher or guru. This book provides you with structure, support, instruction, and encouragement. When you can define what leadership means to you and use your learnings to support your evolution as a leader, you will not only be more self-aware and present for your life, but you will also communicate more effectively and better influence those whom you lead.
The eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga map the journey one takes when studying and practicing yoga. The eight limbs support an aspirant in drawing his or her consciousness from an external focus to an internal focus. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali are the 196 Indian sutras, or aphorisms, that the Hindu scholar Patañjali compiled from even older traditions. The right means are as important as the end goal, according to Patañjali. He enumerates these means as the eight limbs, or stages of yoga for the quest of the soul:
1. Yama (universal moral commandments)
2. Niyama (self-purification by discipline)
3. Asana (posture)
4. Pranayama (rhythmic control of breath)
5. Pratyahara (withdrawal and liberation of the mind from the domination of the senses and exterior objects)
6. Dharana (concentration)
7. Dhyana (meditation)
8. Samadhi (the highest stage in meditation, in which a person experiences oneness with the universe)
This book is organized in the same order as the eight limbs. In the following chapters I will lead you through the steps to developing a yoga mindset of your own that will help you lead yourself and others in a more effective and sustainable way, one that brings you joy and bliss in your life and work. By reading and assimilating the content of this book you are beginning a journey into a world of profound wisdom and sage advice that will transform you as a person and a leader. It will unlock your professional potential. It will reduce stress. It will increase your happiness at work and in your personal life.
People will start asking you what you’re doing to achieve the obvious change in attitude and demeanor—they’re going to want to know your secret.
The following pages will give you the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to transform your life and improve your overall satisfaction at home and at work.
Laying the Foundation for Success
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Very few of us arise in the morning excited about the workday ahead. There may even be days when we just can’t bear to get out of bed to go to work. Many of us hate our jobs, our long hours, and, especially, our boss. We lack autonomy, and we don’t feel in control.
If this sounds familiar, know that it’s not just you. Burnout is a growing problem in businesses everywhere. Workplace burnout is more than just fatigue, and it goes beyond having a bad day, a bad week, or even a bad month. The term burnout was coined by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger in 1974, referring to “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.” Burnout is characterized by a chronic state of emotional and physical exhaustion as well as strong feelings of frustration and powerlessness. Those suffering from workplace burnout tend to withdraw emotionally from their work, lose motivation, and become less productive.
Feelings of burnout go well beyond the workplace and may impact our everyday lives. Have you ever felt like you’ve had the life sucked out of you, like you seem to have lost your ability to care about anything and everything, to make an effort, and to find positive motivation? Most of us have been there—and that’s burnout.
Furthermore, we work too much. The need to be on call 24/7 and to work six or even seven days per week is no longer restricted to high-level professionals such as physicians, lawyers, and business executives. In our modern, global corporate environment, to meet our company’s cross-cultural needs, employees in many functional areas are expected to have such availability.
This is what management worries about: employee satisfaction and retention. Costly churn can be devastating for corporations. Satisfied employees feel a connection to the organization’s mission, purpose, and leadership. How can we get there?
Believe it or not, yoga is a solution to improved employee satisfaction, workplace happiness, stress reduction, and productivity. Studying and adopting the philosophical underpinnings of yoga allow for a greater sense of overall stability despite external distractions, and incorporating yogic breathing and postures to unify and relax the mind and body provides an ongoing framework in which to manage workplace stress and uncertainty.
Using these techniques provides a way to quietly and unobtrusively cope with the crises that occur during the day. Practicing yoga has been found to reduce pain, relieve tension, decrease risks of injury, improve posture and communication, increase energy and attention span, and bring about feelings of overall well-being.
Too many people talk about a company’s leadership, referring to the senior-most executives in the organization. Leadership has nothing to do with titles, whether you have a corner office, or where you sit at the conference table. Inherently, defining leadership means understanding yourself from an inward perspective as well as translating your own tendencies, strengths, and approaches into the way you interact, communicate, and influence others. To me, leadership is the collective action of everyone I influence. My behavior—both actions and words—determines how I influence. My job as a leader is to use my personal power to encourage, inspire, and energize others to action.
Successful leadership isn’t about what you know; it’s about who you are and how you show up. Behavior can change, and leaders who work to improve their skills generally get results.
So how can you more clearly define the foundations of what it will take for you to become a successful leader? Can an understanding of yoga help you better comprehend what makes certain leaders more effective than others, and if so, how you can implement those skills yourself?
Buddhism swept across the United States starting in the late 1960s and has dominated the conversation around non-Western spirituality ever since. Yoga is just as broad a philosophy/belief system as Buddhism but is still narrowly viewed by many in the United States as a physical fitness practice. And there are many different offerings—variants of yoga such as rock-and-roll yoga, hip-hop yoga, yoga fusion, naked yoga, aerial yoga, acroyoga, and more. Although the physical practice of each of these varies greatly, they all stem from a millennia-old tradition of action, self-knowledge, and wisdom.
Yoga has significant philosophical roots, many of which intersect on a secular level with Buddhism. (One intersection of yoga and Buddhism is that both promote a sense of mindfulness—the ability to be fully present in the moment, to be aware of bodily sensations and breath, to suspend judgment and to simply be aware of passing thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness practice helps us to detach our minds from pursuing desires or avoiding displeasures.)
The first of the eight limbs of yoga are the yamas, universal moral and ethical commandments for “right living.” They are guidelines for how we can best show up for our lives, and they apply broadly to our actions, words, and thoughts. I have come to see the yamas as an essential foundation for success in life, personally and professionally—and the basis of effective leadership, no matter what your job description entails.
The yamas are broken down into five “wise characteristics.” On the surface these five wise characteristics may sound familiar to those of us in the West: don’t commit violence (ahimsa), tell the truth (satya), don’t steal what others have (asteya), practice self-restraint (brahmacharya), and take only what is necessary (aparigraha). But unlike our more commonly understood set of rules, the Ten Commandments, the yamas go deeper as rules of morality for society and individuals. Rather than a list of dos and don’ts, the yamas aim to help practitioners develop a powerful set of interpersonal skills, from patience to fearlessness.
Ahimsa literally means not to injure or show cruelty to any living being. However, as adopted in yoga practice and in life beyond the mat, ahimsa is much more than the literal interpretation of nonviolence; it implies that in every situation we should adopt a kind, thoughtful, and considerate attitude and that we should also exercise compassion.
In the early years of our careers we are measured primarily for our individual contributions. Thus, it is often difficult for emerging leaders to recognize that leadership is not solely about them and their ability to attract and direct followers; it is about serving others to bring out the best in the collective group. How else can leaders unleash the power of their organizations unless they motivate people to reach their full potential? If our supporters are merely following our lead, then their efforts are limited to our vision and our directions. Only when leaders stop focusing on their personal ego needs are they able to develop others. This is how ahimsa—compassion and kindness—makes a leader truly effective and is a first step on the path to enlightened leadership.
I was guilty of the “I syndrome” earlier in my career. Although my intent was pure—I wanted to be a vital force in advancing global health and wellness—I was too focused on my own success. I too often compared myself to others, and rather than support and promote them, I wanted to surpass them to more rapidly advance toward my goals. I also was never satisfied with my present circumstance or the “status quo” and wanted more in terms of opportunity—which I thought could be accomplished by rapidly advancing my rank.
"Let Julie Rosenberg take you Beyond the Mat, where you can breathe, focus, and balance your way to a healthier and happier you--and be a better leader while you're at it!"
—Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Julie Rosenberg speaks with an authentic and passionate voice about the holistic benefits of a yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practice. Taking the practice 'beyond the mat' using a practical and readily available framework will help you to lead and to live with stability, presence, clarity, and focus. Beyond the Mat is a must for anyone seeking peace and joy in life."
—Mark Hyman, MD, ten-time New York Times bestselling author, Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine
"Many of us are struggling with busyness, stress, and exhaustion in the face of our over-burdening lives and over-demanding roles. What Julie Rosenberg does beautifully in this book is to apply the ancient wisdom of yoga to the modern challenges of twenty-first-century life and work. This book is both practical and profound. It's like a new set of glasses: it helps you to see familiar problems a bit differently, a bit more clearly. It also provides a host of simple techniques and tools to respond more effectively. For anyone who has found mindfulness useful, this book is a must; it will help you extend your mindfulness through your body, life, and leadership."
—Tony Crabbe, author of Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much
"It is time for a book like this one! Julie Rosenberg is an authentic voice for the integration of yoga philosophy and leadership skills. Her personal experience in yoga and corporate America, upfront honesty, and practicality combine to create a book that is as useful as it is inspirational."
—Kate O'Donnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind
"Dr. Rosenberg combines the rare talents of advanced medical training and practice, leadership in a high pressure industry, and hundreds of hours of training in yoga and meditation to share with us the 'special sauce' and power of success: a practice of yoga combining mind, body and spirit. Her tools, even as simple as twisting in your chair purposefully at work, will enhance your life and will be used to coach my patients in my clinic."
—Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, Clinical Professor of Cardiology; Author, The Whole Heart Solution
"Dr. Rosenberg's book examines the internal process of improving mindfulness through the principles and practices of yoga. As someone who has gained great insight through my own practice of mindfulness, the concepts and ideas outlined in this book are highly relevant to anyone working to achieve greater focus, presence, and enlightened leadership."
—Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO, Aetna
"Dr. Rosenberg has the courage to make the connections between mind, body, productivity, and authenticity. In a cynical world full of self-doubt and fear of the future, Rosenberg presents a way through the commotion and noise that is practical, applicable, and designed to allow us to live more congruent, purposeful lives. It's one thing to talk in platitudes. It's another thing to embrace an approach which increases the probability that we will live the kind of lives that we dream about."
—Professor Thomas DeLong, Senior Fellow and former Professor of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School and former Head of Human Capital at Morgan Stanley
"Dr. Julie Rosenberg's Beyond the Mat urges readers to use yoga to improve their lives, in and beyond the workplace, and demonstrates the potential power of yoga to transform lives, systems, and organizations. The book is an important contribution to a body of literature that celebrates and cultivates compassion, kindness, and empathy."
—Dr. Barbara Vacarr, CEO of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
"With a lovely candor and pragmatism, Julie Rosenberg explores how applying yoga practices can transform both the personal and corporate landscape. Read Beyond the Mat for insight into essential yogic principles, as well as simple and inspiring lessons on how to integrate them into daily life. A vital contribution for anyone trying to bring their best self into the workplace."
—Natasha Rizopoulos, Master Teacher and Teacher Trainer; Creator of Align Your Flow
"Beyond the Mat serves as a compass for leaders to work and breathe with purpose beyond traditional markers of success. Weaving between easy step-by-step handbook and stories of real-life experiences, Julie Rosenberg offers both path and parable for anyone who hopes to lead by service and clarity of vision and intention. This wonderful book provides a chance to detach from the distractions of 'business book,' a leadership and anchor to the precepts of human leadership. Beyond the Mat is my new desktop companion and I am certain it will serve my company, my employees, and me quite well."
—Stanton Kawer, Chairman and CEO, Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
"Offering easily accessible and concise practices for body and mind, Julie Rosenberg captures the depth and wisdom of ancient yoga in the every-day tools she presents in Beyond the Mat. I am always on the hunt for a book that inspires both me and my students--Dr. Rosenberg gives everyone the tools necessary to walk through personal and professional life with embodiment, peace, and precision."
—Jennifer Reis, Certified Yoga Therapist and Faculty, Kripalu School of Yoga and Creator of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra
"Beyond the Mat unrolls the red carpet of yoga in front of the reader--it demystifies yoga and makes the practices of mindfulness, pranayama, and asanas accessible to every reader. Dr. Julie Rosenberg shares her personal experience as to how practicing these techniques can help with stress management, job performance, and personal satisfaction. Everyone wants to feel good, and to feel good about themselves. Beyond the Mat offers a sound practice of how to achieve both."
—Mark Liponis, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Canyon Ranch, and author of Ultralongevity and The Hunter Farmer Diet Solution
"Full of user-friendly tools that make yoga accessible for even the busiest and most skeptical, Julie Rosenberg's Beyond the Mat is an intelligent and easy-to-read practical guide to life for everyone. Julie's own personal journey and experience offer a captivating backdrop and give her words of wisdom great credence. Inspiring!"
—Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, Kripalu School of Yoga, Senior Faculty
"Beyond the Mat achieves something more important than hope and more practical than inspiration: with every page it demonstrates the concrete, life-changing efficacy of yoga and meditation. This timely book shows us how to become the dynamic and positively impactful leaders we want to be, and the world needs us to be, one breath and one moment at a time."
—Sean Meshorer, author of The Bliss Experiment
"Dr. Rosenberg has done an excellent job combining the hard science of the medical profession with the soft science of mindfulness in a beautiful way. The messages offer insights that, when practiced, will lead to a healthier life--mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually."
—Marsha Clark, CEO, Marsha Clark & Associates
"Bravo! Dr. Julie Rosenberg beautifully articulates the vast, complex benefits of the yoga practice in a way that is consumable and deeply relevant to the modern, fast-paced lifestyle that challenges so many of us on a daily basis."
—Ben Chused, Yoga Instructor and Teacher Trainer
"Powerful and important. When businesses bring yoga into the workplace, they usually do so to improve team wellness. Dr. Rosenberg's convincing and important book shows that they should also do so to improve team leadership. A necessary read for the corporate and business world."
—Michael Ellsberg, author of The Education of Millionaires and co-author of The Last Safe Investment
"An insightful reminder that yoga has so much more to offer than just poses. Beyond the Mat offers a powerful journey of holistic leadership principles by walking the reader through the eight limbs of Ashtanga and how they relate to enlightened leadership and personal transformation. An excellent read for all."
—Charly Kleissner, PhD, Co-Founder Toniic, 100% Impact Network, KL Felicitas Foundation
- Practical, accessible, creative, and real, Beyond the Mat is a true resource for teachers and students alike. I love it.—Elena Brower, author of Practice You and Art of Attention and yoga instructor at YogaGlo
- On Sale
- Dec 5, 2017
- Page Count
- 256 pages
- Da Capo Lifelong Books