The stress of job searching coupled with the changes in the body at mid-stage means focusing on your physical and emotional health is critical. Six years ago I made the decision to become a Certified Yoga Instructor and I never looked back. While you are searching for a new career role, you need to show positive energy and confidence at every step as well as keeping yourself healthy.
Yoga is certainly not a new practice. The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. Today, the increase in Americans turning to the Yoga practice and lifestyle is significant.
Did you know?
- 36.7 million Americans or 15% of US adults practice yoga in the US vs. 20.4M in 2012
- 34% of Americans or 80 Million Americans will likely practice yoga at some point in the next 12 months
- 14 million yoga practitioners over the age of 50 in the US
- 10 million men practicing yoga in the US vs. 4 million in 2012
- Harvard Medical shows many medical benefits from yoga practice for the heart, blood pressure; reports show those who partake in Yoga at least once a week have 87% less heart disease and 55% less tumors
- Yoga resets the adrenal system – fight and flight responses – when something does happen you can respond with focus; adrenal health means better sleep
- Yoga practice helps people appear physically younger by reducing stress which is aging
- Yoga provides muscle and joint benefits
- Yoga meditation increases the thickness of your cerebral cortex which positively affects memory and your cognitive ability
- Increases the Gaba neurotransmitters by 27% which boosts your mood – reduces anxiety and reduces depression
- Pranaya – deep breathing – helps to rid toxins and balance endocrine system, aiding in boosting your metabolism and immune system
- The top 3 reasons people do yoga are the enjoyment of yoga itself, yoga’s impact on health and yoga as a stress reliever
Hatha yoga is a traditional, gentle form of yoga that’s perfect for beginners and those with limitations due to health conditions. It focuses on postures, meditation, and breathing exercises.
As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, and improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone.
Yoga also has proven benefits for those who have faced cardiac arrest, heart attack or other heart event, according to d M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., counseling psychologist and founder of Cardiac Yoga.
“The acute emotional stress of such an event certainly has a significant and adverse effect on the heart,” she said. “That’s where yoga can be a tremendous benefit to manage the stress of potentially chronic diseases.”
By virtue of being in mid-life stress with body changes, there is also an increase risk of onset of illnesses that may move aggressively. We have all heard “once you make it through your 50s you can live to 100.” When you add the stress of a career change at this lifestage, it can be dangerous for your overall health.
Yoga has been described as even better for you than other aerobic exercises that deplete energy and the need for the body to recuperate; with yoga the body receives energy. In addition to health benefits there are also emotional benefits. Yoga makes people happier overall. This positive energy has positive affects on your overall mood and communication with others – you know how to remove negative emotion and can get through challenging topics at work with ease. It is beneficial for you to project a “yoga-calmness” during the often frustrating pro-longed job search. Once you land the right role, it continues to provide you the ability to stay calm in crises at work.
Join a Yoga Studio, find an in home Yoga Practice group through a friend referral or search Yoga Alliance to find the right fit for you. Project your Yogi self to a your future employer and team. Namaste.
- Chakra: energy center; there are seven chakras each of which is associated with a color, element, syllable, significance:
- Solar plexus
- Third eye and crown
- Karma: action; the law of karma is the law of cause and effect
- Namaste: a word used at the start and ending of class translated as “the light within me bows to the light within you
- Om: “A-U-M” at the start and ending of yoga classes
- Prana: life energy
- Pranayama: breath control; breathing exercises
- Samadhi: the state of complete Self-actualization / enlightenment
- Savasana: corpse pose; final relaxation performed at the end of hatha yoga class
- Shanti: peace (often chanted three times in a row)
- Yogi/Yogini: a male/female practitioner of yoga
By :Sofia Kotsopulos Hermo
5 years Certified Yoga Instructor,
Former Corporate Financial Manager