Yoga and executivesYoga isn’t just for stressed out moms and Buddhists. Yoga can also be 
beneficial to busy executives. The ancient practice is not only great
 for physical well-being but also, for mental well-being.

“The essential, but often under-appreciated, aspect of yoga is
 breathing. It is key to mind body synchronization and can contribute 
to improved productivity, more grounded decision making and clearer
 communication,” explains yoga instructor Temani F. Aldine, who is also 
general counsel/VP of communications at Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. in Mesa, AZ.

With Yoga being so popular now, it is easy to find a style (there are 
various styles of yoga—from Bikram, which is done in heated rooms to 
make you sweat to the calming Restorative yoga to the physically 
challenging Vinyasa) to fit your needs. “I remember a time when finding a good yoga class was like a hunt. These days, it is more
 like a shopping spree,” notes Aldine. “There are many DVDs and even 
online classes available. If possible, I recommend starting out with a 
live class to get an experiential foundation with an instructor. In 
most major cities, there are a variety of styles of yoga available in
 gyms, community centers as well as dedicated yoga studios. September is National Yoga Month and free or discounted classes can be found at yogahealthfoundation.org.”

One of the best things about yoga is that you can do a few poses in your office to de-stress in the middle of a busy day. There is no 
equipment required. “I am a Dahn Yoga instructor and our style of yoga 
focuses on the core. Some postures for the core can be modified and
 done sitting in a chair,” suggest Aldine. “You can try a simple leg 
lift–keeping both feet parallel and lifting them at the same time, 
then stretching the legs out. This will offer a nice stretch for the
 calves and quads, and help firm up the lower abdomen.”

The benefits of yoga will reach beyond the office. “I have been
 practicing some form of yoga since 1992. From my own experience, and from what I have seen with students and colleagues, it can 
lessen incidents of certain illnesses and injuries. It also helps many 
people recover quickly from illness or surgery. It could be due to 
deeper sleep or better posture. The social and emotional benefits of 
yoga can also not be underestimated,” notes Aldine.