When All Else Fails, Do Yoga

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Being a conscious and aware woman with your own heart-centred business, or aspiring towards having one, requires a unique set of skills.

You need to be comfortable with uncertainty. Instead of a safe regular wage of a permanent job, you need to be able to trust that you can bring in what you need and desire to support yourself, your loved ones and to re-invest in your business.

You need to be flexible. Stretching and growing your comfort zones is all part and parcel of working for yourself to achieve your ideal life.

You need to be strong. Resilience and courage are two qualities that go a long way towards giving you sustainability and sustenance to go the extra distance. Sometimes, being your own boss is a marathon.

You need to be kind to yourself. You’re no longer working for someone else.

My belief is that your business is the perfect training ground for you to come up against your spiritual contractions, your blind-spots and the places where you most need to grow.

Each of the qualities listed above can be fostered, nurtured, nourished and grown with a regular yoga practice.

Yoga has been a mainstay in troubled times for me. It has created a fertile training ground for creative ideas to surface about my business direction. Yoga postures (asana) have truly pushed my flexibility and strength which translate off the mat into my business practices. Being comfortable with uncertainty has come from the deep, profound and abiding faith in a benevolent force which has constantly reassured me that life is completely on my side. Sometimes I just need to get still enough to listen.

Courage has come from the heart-opening postures, the fierce opening of the chest which comes from back bends and exposes the most vulnerable and tender underside of the body. It has come from taking my body to places it hasn’t been as well as learning when it’s better to back off. As I get older, the courage to accept that I don’t need to go faster, deeper, harder but rather slower and softer is a huge realisation.

What many people don’t realise is that it’s not necessary to be on the mat, turning into pretzel-like postures to experience the full benefits of yoga. Yoga can be a practice of deep stillness, deep rest, meditation, mindful breathing and simple strategies that create space for benevolence to step forth.

The older I’ve become, the less interested I am in pushing my body or my business.

The more interested I’ve become in how yoga attunes the soul, the intuition and the internal guidance that leads us to our truth, the more it has steered my business decisions towards empowerment.

That’s why during my practice, I always have a notepad handy. Truth often wants to speak during my yoga practice, and it usually has some nuggets of wisdom which blow me away in their simplicity and potency. When all else fails in business, a simple yoga practice makes a big difference to my state of well-being and helps me to access my creative self to make decisions, to know what to do next and to know who to reach out for. Especially during busy times of overwhelm, when space is required. My mat is my sanctuary. Each pose creates more space in the body and helps me identify space when I’m feeling compressed.

I’ll often be in the middle of a warrior one or a down dog and grasp a sudden flash of inspiration or insight that goes immediately into my notebook. Many of the ideas for my latest book about feminine power in business have come from these flashes of writing. My whole writing practice has depended upon the space I create by having a regular yoga practice.

It gives me the flexibility and courage I need to change course when I need to and to steer my direction with confidence and faith.

If you love yoga, try keeping an inspiration diary next to your mat.

If you haven’t tried yoga, today’s a great day to give it a go.

If you’re not interested in yoga but would like to have more flexibility, courage, faith and intuition, be sure to get unplugged every single day for at least 10 minutes.

Lisa Fitzpatrick


  1. Jeanette on March 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Yay to yoga. And a big yay to keeping a notebook handy for jotting down your inspirational flashes.

  2. Lisa Fitzpatrick on March 11, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Yes, it’s better to jot the inspiration down and not file it for later when it might have evaporated into the great beyond. That’s generally what I find anyway 🙂 Yay to Yoga!! Thanks for visiting Jeanette xxx

  3. Andrea Belarruti on March 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Oh Yes! Yoga changed my life so much that I even got certified. And yes, it’s my best business adviser. My yoga and meditation practice are my sanctuary too and they’ve been incredibly handy in terms of making decisions for my business. Lovely post!

    • Lisa on March 16, 2014 at 3:55 am

      hi Andrea, I love it that yoga changed your life so much that you even got certified! That’s a similar story to mine (and many women I’ve trained also). I think you’re on an amazing mission and your soul purpose is like a rising star that’s shining so brightly in the world right now. I wish you every success, with many inspiring and intuitive guidances coming through in your yoga and meditation practice! Namaste, Lisa

  4. Natasha on March 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Great to have this thank you, remembering to be kind to your body and keeping its energy flowing – so so important! <3 Natasha X

    • Lisa on March 16, 2014 at 3:52 am

      Hi Natasha, thanks so much for stopping by to make a comment. You’re so right – remembering to be kind to your body and keeping its energy flowing in turns feeds our creativity and inspiration for our work in the world. I love the sound of your business – divorce goddess – and believe that divorce can be such a catalyst for spiritual transformation and self-realisation. You’ve really got a great calling there, and intuitively and pragmatically, I can see, feel and hear many women in need of your service, including many I know personally. Keep up your mission! Your soul purpose is a strong one. warmest regards, Lisa

      • Natasha on March 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        Thanks for your lovely words Lisa really positive to hear, my blog is http://www.divorcegoddess.com – am I allowed to write this???? Still tech unsavvy but hoping I can spread the word on good stuff – just like you and your amazing site! I am just beginning to realise the power we all have to make a real difference in the world! Yay X

  5. Tat on March 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    So true, yoga is my thing to fall back on, too. Yoga and dance. Haven’t tried keeping an inspiration diary with it, but I will.

    • Lisa on March 16, 2014 at 3:48 am

      hi there, thanks so much for stopping by and I’m so happy to hear you’re going to try an inspiration diary with your yoga and dance practice. Yoga and dance are such great compatible interests. They have the potential to levitate your business by nourishing you from the inside out so that you can be the amazing woman you are meant to be: rising to all the challenges business inevitably brings. I’m looking forward to seeing your rising star, muminsearch! Namaste, Lisa

  6. Morwhenna Woolcock on March 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    oh thank you for this post Lisa! I will keep this in mind next time I feel ‘meh’

    • Lisa on March 16, 2014 at 3:44 am

      Thanks for stopping by Morwhenna, and I’m glad you’ve decided to keep this in mind next time you feel ‘meh’! I love your turn of phrase. With warmest, kindest regards for your feelings of uplift! Namaste, Lisa

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