Begin with little things daily and one day you will be doing things that months back you would have thought impossible. ~Swami Satchidananda
Meditation and yoga have gone hand in hand for millennia. It was only when yoga came to the West that it got reduced to the calming and healthy physical practice most of us know it as today. But as meditation starts to catch up with yoga as an accepted and mainstream wellness practice, that’s changing.
Increasingly, hatha yoga (the physical version of yoga) is becoming a gateway for people to discover the benefits of a regular meditation practice.
An Entrepreneur in the Ashram
That was exactly what happened to business author and entrepreneur Sonia Thompson. After taking yoga classes for a few months at her local gym, she found herself yearning for something deeper. Through her own research and through a good friend, she started to learn more about meditation.
Compelled by what she learned, Sonia spent a week on retreat at Yogaville—a yoga and meditation ashram where people can experience the transformative breadth of yogic philosophy and practice.
Over the course of five days on retreat at Yogaville, Sonia discovered that illusive feeling that was missing from her physical yoga practice. She found it in the depths of meditation.
Meditation As A Habit
Sonia refers to herself as a reformed corporate junkie. And before her current incarnation as an entrepreneur, she spent more than a decade as a marketer and business leader growing brands around the world for large healthcare companies like Johnson & Johnson. She also wrote the book Delight Inside: Build your dream business that keeps your customers coming back for more.
In this episode of The OneMind Podcast, Sonia and I explore the experience she had while on retreat at Yogaville. We also dive into the incredible power of habits and the value of relating to meditation as a keystone habit. Finally, Sonia shares her own reflections on why meditation is so important for entrepreneurs.
I think you’re going to love this episode. If you’re a yoga fanatic but haven’t made the leap into a daily meditation practice yet, this interview might inspire to cross that divide.
In this episode of The OneMind Podcast, Sonia and I discuss:
- The relationship between yoga and meditation
- What happens when you attend a retreat at a yoga ashram
- The transformative experience Sonia had in meditation
- Why she meditates first thing every morning
- The power of meditation as a keystone habit
- Why she thinks meditation is essential for entrepreneurs
- Connect with Sonia at her website TryBusinessSchool
- Learn more about the Yogaville Ashram
- Listen to How To Turn Meditation Into A Keystone Habit
- Read The One Thing by Gary Kellar
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