Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job

ABOUT Maren Showkeir

maren showkeir
Maren Showkeir is a teacher, consultant, author and yogini whose work is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations unleash their full potentials. She is co-author (with her husband, Jamie) of Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job (Berrett-Koehler 2013) and More...


Yoga’s Ancient Wisdom Can Transform Your Work Life

Everyone knows that yoga helps reduce stress and increase the body’s flexibility and strength. But the physical aspects barely scratch the surface of yoga’s transformative powers. The poses are only one part of a larger philosophy offering profound insights for confronting the complexities of daily life. Yoga can help you remain centered, compassionate, positive, and sane every hour of the day—especially those between nine and five.

This unprecedented guide shows how practicing the full range of yogic concepts—the traditional “Eight Limbs of Yoga”—leads to a productive, creative, and energizing work environment and features examples from professions like law enforcement, teaching, banking, filmmaking, medicine, and many more. But beyond that, this book is an invitation to use all of yoga’s teachings to cultivate the spark of the divine that dwells within each of us.

“This would be a book I could just as easily recommend to a client who has never considered stepping onto a yoga mat as I could a die-hard yogini who is looking for ways to bring her work life into alignment with her practice.
— Kate Bartolotta, Elephant Journal

"The authors show yoga is not just about the poses —the practice is about creating the stillness of mind that will allow you to do the work you were meant to do. Seriously, read this book,
—Russell Simmons, yogi and founder of Def Jam

"Their writings carry yoga practices into a world of daily decision-making...."
—Pandit Rajmani Tuganait

A significant contribution to the body of literature bridging East and
West, the Showkeirs’ work provides a powerful guide for applying
the principles of yoga to develop human potential and enhance work
satisfaction. Highly recommended.”
Howard Cutler, coauthor of the bestselling The Art of Happiness (with
the Dalai Lama)

“By relating all aspects of yoga to the workplace and using everyday
language, the authors put the intricacies of this advanced spiritual
tradition within reach of the general public…. a useful tool for those
seeking to expand their understanding and practice of yoga whether
they are experienced yoga practitioners or have just begun their fi rst
—Anna Jedrziewski, book reviewer, Retailing Insight (formerly New Age

“This generous, insightful, and eminently practical book is offered with
an open heart from years of experience—the best practice manual
I’ve read for how to embody authenticity and integrity. I am grateful
to Maren and Jamie for bringing together the disciplines of yoga and
—Meg Wheatley, bestselling author of Leadership and the New Science
and So Far from Home

“With so much emphasis these days on practicing poses, the other
seven limbs of yoga are often overlooked. The application of ancient
wisdom to modern life situations offered here will be helpful to all
people, whether or not they ever set foot on a yoga mat. Please read
this book!”
—Desirée Rambaugh, internationally known master yoga teacher

“Translating this essential, ancient knowledge into a pragmatic, contemporary
context is a huge and valuable contribution. Expand your
knowledge and expand your life with this book!”
—Kevin Cashman, bestselling author of Leadership from the Inside Out
and The Pause Principle

“The Showkeirs draw upon 2,000-year-old wisdom and adroitly weave
personal stories and case histories to crisply illustrate the Eight Limbs
of Yoga’s applications in the contemporary workplace.”
—Dr. Paul Mittman, president and CEO, Southwest College of
Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences

“I love the book’s simple, clear instructions on how to infuse your daily
work life with ancient spiritual principles and practices. Rather than
rolling up your sanity in a yoga mat, you can keep it by practicing
yoga at work. All together now: ‘Ommmmm.’ Perfect!”
—BJ Gallagher, bestselling coauthor of A Peacock in the Land of
and Being Buddha at Work