Practicing yoga is an extremely popular way to get fit, but its underlying philosophy can offer so much more to calm the mind and discover untapped personal power. In BEYOND THE MAT, business leader, MD, and certified yoga teacher Julie Rosenberg shows you how to bring yoga out of the studio and into your personal and professional life to achieve success and become a more effective leader. She shares how yoga is more than just poses (though those do help with backs tired from hunching in front of the computer all day), with an explanation of the principles, real-life examples, and anecdotes from the author's own professional career. Yoga's philosophical principles extend far beyond the mat, for example:* Yama (yoga's moral precepts) apply to leadership--how we rightsize work in our lives, relate to colleagues, and cultivate compassion for ourselves and others* Dharana (being fully present) helps to manage time effectively, set healthy time limits on your work, and avoid distractions* Pranayama (breath control) mitigates stress and helps you stay calm in difficult situations
"Dr. Rosenberg's book examines the internal process of improving mindfulness through the principles and practices of yoga. As someone who has gained great insight through my own practice of mindfulness, the concepts and ideas outlined in this book are highly relevant to anyone working to achieve greater focus, presence, and enlightened leadership." --- Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO, Aetna "Dr. Rosenberg combines the rare talents of advanced medical training and practice, leadership in a high pressure industry, and hundreds of hours of training in yoga and meditation to share with us the 'special sauce' and power of success: a practice of yoga combining mind, body and spirit. Her tools, even as simple as twisting in your chair purposefully at work, will enhance your life and will be used to coach my patients in my clinic." --- Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, Clinical Professor of Cardiology; Author, The Whole Heart Solution "It is time for a book like this one! Julie Rosenberg is an authentic voice for the integration of yoga philosophy and leadership skills. Her personal experience in yoga and corporate America, upfront honesty, and practicality combine to create a book that is as useful as it is inspirational." --- Kate O'Donnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind "Many of us are struggling with busyness, stress, and exhaustion in the face of our over-burdening lives and over-demanding roles. What Julie Rosenberg does beautifully in this book is to apply the ancient wisdom of yoga to the modern challenges of twenty-first-century life and work. This book is both practical and profound. It's like a new set of glasses: it helps you to see familiar problems a bit differently, a bit more clearly. It also provides a host of simple techniques and tools to respond more effectively. For anyone who has found mindfulness useful, this book is a must; it will help you extend your mindfulness through your body, life, and leadership." --- Tony Crabbe, author of Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much
Julie Rosenberg, MD, is a physician executive who leads global drug development programs. She has been involved in yoga and meditations training for nearly 14 years. Dr. Rosenberg teaches yoga primarily "beyond the mat," helping individuals and groups to apply the principles and practice of yoga to their daily lives and to support their growth as leaders.