Why Great Entrepreneurs Do Yoga

What do Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, have in common? 

Surprise! They all integrate yoga into their daily lives. That can't be a coincidence. 

Large companies such as adidas, BMW and IBM operate extensive health management and offer yoga and meditation courses. The pilots of Nasa even have the instructions to retreat before the flights and to take time for it.

Why do they use it? 

Today, stress and its long-term consequences, such as burnout, are ubiquitous. Yoga is one of the simplest and most efficient ways to prevent this from balancing your psyche. This has nothing to do with spirituality or autosuggestion, but works because yoga releases the muscle tensions in the body that press on blood vessels and nerve tracts. It prevents blood congestion or congestion of the messages that are transmitted via the nerve tracts. If the brain is not properly supplied by the congestion, how can the psyche be balanced?

It helps to deal with stress in a more relaxed way and improves strengthens well-being, self-confidence and quality of life. In our hectic times, it helps to deal with stress more calmly.

In addition to the mental benefits, yoga also offers the perfect physical balance to an 8-hour office day. Data from the Federal Employment Agency reveal that the Germans sit  80,000 hours in their life, only at work. If leisure time is included, people sit 10 to 14 hours a day in front of the monitors. This explains why 80 percent of people complain of back pain, and one in two also complain of permanent spinal and neck pain. In addition, our society will have to adjust to working up to 67, 70 or longer in the future, which means that it will be more important than ever to stay fit into old age. 

I also noticed when I was only 20 years old, that on a long working day I move far too little and that my back protests to be trapped in the same position for 8 hours. In addition, I often simply don't have the time to go to the gym for 2 hours in my everyday life. When I started doing yoga regularly a few weeks ago, I quickly noticed positive changes. I noticed that on the days I do yoga I have a lot more energy at work. It's like a charging cable for a mobile phone. It taps the energy and charges me.

That's why I decided to get to the bottom of it and find out what else yoga has to offer. On YouTube I watched dozens of videos, asked people from my environment and came across articles about why successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs have integrated yoga into their daily lives. I immediately noticed that these experiences are similar. 

The 5 largest Learnings, over which these humans were united are the following:

You and your team will benefit from yoga by

1. increasing your ability to concentrate 

2. improving your fitness 

3. you develop the ability to live in the "now"

4. your immune system and regeneration is strengthened

5. you strengthen your sense of community

Each of these points have a positive effect on your productivity and focus in the office.

1. improved ability to concentrate

Do you sometimes have problems concentrating during a project? 

You don't even learn to concentrate and can do it forever, like cycling, you have to train it. Over and over again!

By consciously focusing on your movements and your body in yoga, you train your concentration. Like a muscle that grows and is always easier to "address". This ability can then be called up during work. 

2. yoga makes you fit and is a good balance

Surprise - In yoga you train with your body weight, because you permanently use all muscle groups. Don't underestimate that. Some of the fittest people I know practice yoga almost exclusively. Especially if you sit all day and don't move much beyond that, yoga helps you to prevent tension.

3. living in the now  

When your thoughts wander during a task at times, you lose important time.

How can you learn to prevent that? By training your view on the now and not thinking about what you have to buy tonight or why the meeting went badly yesterday. In yoga you find focus in peace and quiet and direct your gaze to NOW. In this way you avoid moving in circles of thoughts. 

4. mobility, strengthening of the immune system and regeneration

It has been proven that regular yoga exercises increase the proportion of immune cells flowing in the blood by up to 20%. Furthermore, breathing exercises are proven to increase your physical energy. And meditation provides emotional balance that harmonizes all hormonal and immunological body systems. In this way you prevent yourself from feeling tired and from falling out due to illness.

5. strengthening the sense of community

A course with all team members, promotes team spirit and communication. You will notice how well yoga can strengthen teamwork. Anyone who enjoys group sports will know what I'm talking about. The calm and focus of yoga in a team is a unique experience that other team sports like football can't offer you. 

I also talked to Hester Hilbrecht, founder and CEO of Mermaid Studios, who has been integrating yoga into her daily life for years to find out how yoga helps her on the job.

An injury was the trigger for her at that time, which is why she could no longer do athletics and reoriented herself. She had tried yoga before, but only then began to integrate it into her everyday life. 

The videos of the YouTube channel 'Yoga with Adriene helped her to do this. I am also enthusiastic about her videos, which can be integrated into everyday life as they last 20 - 25 minutes. (https://www.youtube.com/yogawithadriene). 

She, like many other people, had prejudices and thought that it was not a real sport. But she was quickly convinced of the opposite, because it is physically very strenuous, just because you use all muscle groups. In addition, she says that it helps her to be focused and goal-oriented at work.

It's about having a balance, a moment of rest, a conscious pause from work by turning your gaze inwards.

Hester: "Why does it make sense to do yoga from a professional point of view?"

It's about having a balance, a moment of rest, a conscious pause from work by turning your gaze inwards. It is important that everyone finds what is most appropriate for them. This can also be cooking or meditating. If you can get involved in yoga, it's great, but it doesn't mean it's true for everyone. Because yoga is good for your health AND trains your mindset at the same time. 

Especially when you sit at your desk all day, yoga helps you to relax your muscles, prevent back pain and stretch your body. It also helps you to switch off, clear your head and then approach things in a clearer and more structured way. It is also a good balance for me, especially on stressful working days.

And it recharges my batteries so that I am more energetic.

In my opinion, everyone has the opportunity to spend 15-20 minutes in everyday life.

That's why there are no excuses for Yoga 

If you are convinced that yoga is not for you because you are not mobile, then you are wrong. You don't have to be able to touch your toes or pinch your feet behind your head. Even if the social networks make it look like this with their spectacular pictures and videos. Mobility is a matter of practice - continuity will bring change. The positive effects of yoga are not related to the ability to put your foot behind your head. In addition, yoga never gets boring. Because it's not just about postures, it's about the way there. You never get to where you find everything perfect. There are so many variations of Yoga that you won't get bored because you will always find new challenges.

Have I aroused your interest? Try it out! The best would be right away with your work colleagues. Start with YouTube Video and test which kinds suit you. Already after two or three tries you will notice the first positive effect. Stay tuned and look forward to your journey. Because if one thing is true in yoga, then the path is the goal.

Started by define problems

We reviewed the existing process to define improvement as the starting point of the lecture and setup 3 specific goals for our team to achieve:


We learn from other existing business model, which is similar with us as examples to do analysis. We tried to reference some of the similarity process to fit into our team situation and test if that would help us. By applying one of the working process mentioned by Tim Brown (IDEO) to measure if there is any missing parts would lead us to reduce mistakes and errors in our existing process.

Develop the process

Based on the existing situation, we develop 2 processes to fit into the design and development journey. Start from asking a specific question in order to find out the direction of the project as specifications to define what element needed to be measured, after that creating criteria to measure if the result is meeting the requirements.

Learn by practicing

We did a reflection of some previous projects by applying the new process and see if that would help us to improve the defined issues as an exercise. Therefore we would have a clearer understanding of the process by trying it and testing it.


What’s next?

After we defined the new process, the team will start applying it to every future project/task in order to improve the performance. It might be hard and need extra time to get used to it at the beginning, but we are happy to have a try after we spot the value from the exercise in order to provide a better product to our clients.