“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  John Quincy Adams

According to blogger Seth Goden, anyone is capable of being a leader, we all posses the tools to make something better.  As yoga practitioners, we are constantly practicing what it takes to be a leader. Goden’s 5 qualities that make leaders are basic qualities associated with a yoga practice.

Leaders challenge the status quo.

Just showing up to a yoga class is challenging the status quo, but more importantly the yoga practice teaches to go against what is easy and effortless.  It is status quo to find fall into the common tendencies of the body, for example rounded shoulders, pelvis tucked under, even a pessimistic attitude.  As yogi’s we are constantly putting effort into working again those tendencies to stand tall, confident, and with a smile on our face.

Leaders build a culture.

We show up to class to practice with a group of people with a shared sense of interest and purpose.  We join together to feed off each other’s energy to help us be inspired to move forward as an individual and group.

Leaders create curiosity about the culture.

 “Wow Jane has been looking great these days and so much more happy.”

“It must be all the yoga she has been doing?”

The yoga practice gives us so many improved qualities such as physical appearance, confidence and mindset.  When others see these positive things yogis embody, people want to know more and they ask questions and perhaps want to go with you to class to check it out.

Leaders connect people to one another

Yoga is about relationship.  Relationship with your self and relationship with the world around you.  The one thing people want most in life is to have connection, to find connection and peace within their own body and to have meaningful relationships with others.  Yoga builds awareness, compassion and the ability to listen, which are important in order to have relationship. 

Leaders commit.

Yogis commit.  The only way to balance handstand in the middle of the room is to practice, a lot.  But besides learning to do a hard pose, the practice of yoga teaches you to commit to your over all well-being.  It takes effort and hard work to de-stress from a long day, recover from an injury or heal from a break-up.  The commitment starts with the breath, then the alignment of the body, then improved mindset and then a heart filled with love and strength.  The commitment of yoga will leave you feeling empowered. 

Yoga practitioners have the ability to make positive change in the world.

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