Book Reviews: Does Good Karma Make Good Business Reading?

Yoga-Wisdom-at-WorkJust Breathe… and Power Down

Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and on the Job is a bit more technical than the other two books about the wisdom of the mysterious East, though no less touchy-feely. Maren and Jamie Showkeir, well-traveled entrepreneurs and yogic consultants, have written more of a hands-on primer, teaching business people how to integrate the wisdom of yoga into their daily lives.

Particularly worthwhile are the sections on practicing ahimsa, taking measures to avoid the non-squandering of vital energies (brahmacharya) and of course, conscientiously developing svadhyaya. The authors strongly recommend the occasional practice of pratyahara by scheduling a “technology fast:” turning off phones, computers and televisions and not answering emails. One caveat: At companies such as brokerage firms or hospitals or even Indian restaurants, where employees are not being paid to indulge in brahmacharya, much less pratyahara, it is probably best to conduct a technology fast in your own spare time.

Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job, by Maren and Jamie Showkeir (Berrett-Koelher Books, $15.95, 208 pp.)