5 REASONS YOGA MAKES YOU A BETTER LAWYER
The secret is out
Mixing up the legal profession with a dose of yoga never hurt anybody. In fact, it's a perfect match between yin and yang. Here's why.
Practicing yoga increases your ability to focus. When you have tons of memos to read, a better focus will make you way a more efficient lawyer.
When you practice yoga, you practice mindfulness, i.e. being totally present in the now. When you engage with a client, judge or colleague, you'll be better at truly listening instead of simultaneously preparing what you will say next, which is often our normal tendency. You'll also cultivate empathy, making it easier for you to pick up on feelings that a client may not verbally express.
The breathing exercises and the slowing down in yoga will help you create more space. It sounds contradictory but it's true! When we are speeding all the time, we miss some dimensions. When you start slowing down by breathing consciously, there'll be more space between your thoughts, less mind clutter and more creativity.
When you practice yoga, you are better able to cope with stress. You become more balanced. That means your interactions with colleagues, clients and judges will run more smoothly.
A great deal of lawyers have a sense of not being fulfilled. Maybe because practising law very much focuses on masculine aspects (yang) such as logic, right and wrong, discipline, facts. It's like you are neglecting a part of yourself. That's why bringing in some yin - like listening, being present, softening - brings balance to your whole life and increases wellbeing.