Many people have emailed me asking how I could go from top MBA program to top renewable energy company to happy nomad. This is the third post in a series of short posts explaining the steps I went through in recognizing that I wasn’t living the life I wanted, how I tried to unsuccessfully fix it, and how I ultimately came up with my new plan and took the plunge – in other words, how I went from corporate tool to nomadic idealist.  Click here to see all the posts in this series. Hopefully parts of my story will resonate with you if you are considering your own plung

man in business suit doing yoga

I went to business school thinking I’d wake up one morning with my million dollar entrepreneurial idea and that I’d work on creating some business after business school. It didn’t happen, but I had a great time in Spain.

While in Spain, some of my friends were more spiritual and I started thinking about yoga. I didn’t know much about yoga, but I knew there were good health benefits. I could see the mental health benefits as well from the concentration required and learning how to control your breathing. This was appealing to me.

In some way, I saw yoga as an opportunity to explore parts of my mind that were dormant. I didn’t think it would be a very spiritual experience for me, but I had an open mind.

One of my uncles does yoga and absolutely loves it. I decided that when I moved to Denmark and found a job I would take up yoga.

Once I started working, I found some yoga videos and the first few times I did yoga it was difficult and a bit frustrating. But I kept with it and the movements became less and less difficult. I was able to concentrate more and appreciate the power of breathing properly. I also felt amazing when I finished and rested in “corpse pose”. My hands were warm, I felt like I had more energy than before I started, and I just generally felt great.

This experience with yoga opened my mind a bit. I would describe myself as open-minded, but with a tend to see things more black and white than they really are. I needed to expand the gray area and yoga was an opportunity to do this.

In the next post, you’ll see how this experience with yoga led me to more unexpected experiences that got me closer and closer to where I wanted to be.  These include reading some chick-lit, an incredible trip to Prague, and other inspirations. Stay tuned!

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  1. […] are running groups where I live, so I can meet new people. Similarly, I haven’t been doing yoga and I’m getting back into it. There is something magical about stretching and strengthening […]

  2. […] my case, in Denmark I used to do yoga. The breathing exercises helped me immensely. I breathe much more deeply and much more slowly by […]

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