Because of the competitiveness of getting a job this day in age, job-seekers will want to do everything possible to make their very best impressions. The first step is achieving inner peace. This involves getting rid of worries, doubts, distractions, tension, and irritability that are common stressors before and during an interview. An effective activity that begins with relaxing the body and in turn calming one’s mind and spirit is yoga. Yoga empowers people mentally by focusing the mind and activating positive thought patterns and imagery. Spiritually, yoga intertwines the spirit, mind, and body which establishes the state of “oneness.” Physically, yoga is directed toward controlled breathing referred to as Pranayam as well as relaxing the muscles according to the Yoga Health Foundation.
By engaging in yoga, job applicants will be more likely to ace their interviews. Yoga improves the ability to think clearly, which is needed to verbally sell oneself and tackle tough interview questions. In addition, the breathing exercises involved in yoga will help people with shortness of breath to speak more smoothly. Yoga provides you with a confident aura characterized by composure and contentment. All of these improved qualities will impress the interviewer and enable applicants to score high on the overall rating of their character.
Yoga can be a part of one’s daily life whether it be at home or at a health and fitness club. A range of fitness centers and spas offer yoga classes including the YMCA, the Sports Club, Coop’s Health and Fitness, and the Life Center Health & Conditioning Club (SC). Other yoga classes and workshops can be found in the Health or Lifestyle’s “Things to Do” section of your local newspaper. On a personal note, I once attended a yoga class at the YMCA on a day prior to a class presentation. It so happened that I was extremely relaxed during my presentation; and from the feedback by my instructor and peers, my delivery was described as graceful. Sometimes it is more convenient for people to do yoga at home which is possible with DVD’s, from the library or retail stores, along with yoga accessories. Specifically, Target sells yoga mats starting at $17.99, yoga straps for $5.59, and DVDS. Sports Authority also sells yoga DVD’s, mats, and exercise balls. People can also purchase yoga equipment online at sites such as www.yogapilates.com that accepts Pay Pal and major credit cards.
Of most concern, if individuals describe their disposition as agitated, especially around the time of an interview, yoga will drastically transform it into a state of tranquility. According to Gail Kasper, a motivational strategist and the author of the audio program Make a Decision to Win, the number one factor that impresses interviewers is attitude. Yoga comes in handy by enhancing one’s mood while increasing mental energy. So, rather than showing signs of nervousness (a rapid heart beat, fidgeting, trembling, sweating, and upset stomach), interviewees will portray a balance of poise and enthusiasm, making them favorable candidates.
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