Yoga in Business

I haven’t written in a while, perhaps because I didn’t feel it was important to write over these last months. I was focused on Yoga for Peace as a course that helps people attain a level of inner peace and allows them to use that peace in their daily interactions. The subjects of the course were already blogged on, and I didn’t find anything extraordinarily new to report on.

Today, I would like to talk about Yoga in Business situations. I came across an organization that claims to be peaceful and claims to be well-organized. Yet when I dug deeper, I found that there were issues of marginalization of the minority, as well as no coherent planning, structure, or organization. Everything was done in a haphazard, spontaneous way.

Spontaineity is important in life, and also in yoga. You must be able to recognize where you are in every moment. In this sense, the organization did not recognize that its plan was not working, and that it needed to adapt itself to the needs of its members.

Sticking to a plan without any consideration for its impacts can both be seen as yoga and also not yoga. Here, I create a comparison chart between the two sides.

Not yoga: it fails to be non-violent (ahimsa) to others by force and causing marginalization; fails to be truthful (satya) to itself; is not non-stealing (asteya)–it steals the opportunities from the minority groups. It does not allow contentment (santosha) of everyone in the organization.

Yoga: Fights for its ability to be recognized through focus (dharana), asserting that its way is also a possible truth. Saves energy through brahmacharya, going the path alone, without the need for a partner or any other input.

Business models and organization structures are important in that they provide a method for people to understand their roles and the needs of the business. Yet, according to yoga philosophy, they must also be flexible to the spontainious needs of the organization in order to truly be present and aware of itself as a business. It is highly likely that model which provides no room for adaptation and change, no feedback systems, and no strategic plan will not succeed.

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