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    Blog Table of Contents (over 70 articles)

    My Story Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor   Kundalini Yoga (18 articles) How a 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus  (YogaToday) If Happiness is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport (3HO) What A Daily Meditation Practice Can Do For You (YogaToday) I’ve Practiced Kundalini Yoga Daily For The Last 9.5 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned… The Four Basics Characteristics of the Mind The Coronavirus: A Yogic Perspective How This Simple Three-Minute Practice Can Make Your Lockdown Better On Gurus Why Meditate? Kundalini Yoga 101 Kundalini Yoga as the Key to Unlocking the Power of the Enneagram…

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    The Four Things Enneagram Type 7s Absolutely Need to Be Happy

    Type 7 is the enthusiastic, adventure-seeker of the Enneagram with a habit of attention that tilts to the bright side. While friends and family might describe Type 7s as happy-go-lucky and relentlessly positive, they don’t often see the anxiety that’s running just below the surface. But the dark cloud of anxiety is there, and if Type 7s seem to have an almost supernatural amount of energy, it is because this drive to be on-the-go is a subconscious strategy to keep them out of anxiety’s reach. After all, it’s hard to hit a moving target.   As a Type 7 myself, I know this psychology well. Before I learned about the…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    How A 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or experiencing an afternoon slump, chances are your mind and body could benefit from a short break.   Ben Greenfield, a biohacker, human performance consultant, and New York Times bestselling author talks about the importance of taking “movement snack breaks” during your workday. According to Ben, movement is one of the most important aspects of aging well, staying fit, and reaching optimal levels of physical and mental performance. In its simplest terms, more movement equates to a better life, and more movement is within everyone’s reach. That’s the good news.   The bad news is that with our sedentary lifestyle and pandemic lockdowns, we’re…

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    What the Obamas Can Teach Us About the Type 1/Type 9 Enneagram Couple

    Michelle Obama is the most admired woman in the United States, according to the 2020 Gallup Poll, and her husband Barack was the 44th President and first African American President of the United States. They’re an impressive couple, but what can the most admired woman and the former President of the United States teach us about relationships? Using the lens of the Enneagram, it turns out quite a lot.   While we know it is risky to guess the Enneagram type of people who haven’t typed themselves, we’ll talk about how specific behaviors align with Enneagram type.   Michelle Obama as a Type 1 Always looking for improvement and pushing herself…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    If Happiness Is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport

    My first Kundalini Yoga teacher, Siri Vedya, would always start his classes with a brief discussion about life. He would talk about practical day-to-day issues as well as more advanced philosophical concepts. While I loved the full 90 minutes of his classes, his lecture was my favorite part.   One day he announced that we were starting a “happiness series,” and explained that there were different steps required to reach happiness. The first step, he said, was our energy.   “You need energy to be happy. Without enough energy, it will be very difficult to enjoy your life and to accomplish the things you are here on planet Earth to…

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    How the Enneagram Can Help Create Diversity in the Workplace

    Applying the Enneagram personality test in the workplace is one of the most powerful tools you can use to improve office communication and strengthen team dynamics. But like all powerful tools, it can be misused, and one common misconception is that it might be efficient to eliminate various Enneagram types from specific jobs or teams.   This is a misunderstanding, and in fact, the opposite is true. If used properly, the Enneagram illustrates the important gifts of each type, and it highlights why personality type diversity is key to a balanced, high functioning workplace. You can think of each Enneagram type as having unique superpowers and if any of the…

  • Uncategorized

    How To Nail a Job Interview, Based on Your Enneagram Type

    Not only did the Covid-19 pandemic disrupt the way many of us work, it also changed the recruitment process for both companies and candidates. As if job searching wasn’t difficult enough, now we also have to navigate online interviews, often under challenging circumstances. Studies indicate that less than 35 percent of communication is strictly verbal. So, it can be easy to feel like you’re at a big disadvantage when you’re trying to connect with someone in a two dimensional space.   That’s the bad news.   The good news is you aren’t alone. Everyone is facing these same challenges. Even HR teams and hiring managers are having to get used…

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    The Bright Side of the Enneagram: The Light in Each Type

    In yesterday’s post, we explored the dark side of the Enneagram and what happens when each of the types falls victim to their habit of attention and becomes fixated in their pattern of thinking. In this state of contraction, the dark side is exposed, and from crimes of passion to crimes of omission, the behavior gets ugly.   But what about the opposite? How does it look when each type relaxes their habit of attention and transcends to the highest version of themselves? In a world of highly self-aware people who have truly relaxed their habit of attention, it would be very difficult to guess someone’s Enneagram type. Why? Because…

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    The Dark Side of the Enneagram: The Shadow for Each Type

    One of the major benefits of the Enneagram personality test is that it not only helps you understand who you are, it gives you a very clear path to be the best version of yourself. The fundamental idea is that we each have a habit of attention we lean too far into. The Enneagram encourages us to relax this habit of attention, come back into the center, and share the best version of our true selves with the world. A world in which everyone had completely relaxed their habit of attention would be a world of great compassion.   But what happens when things go the other way? In Enneagram…

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    A Tribute To Enneagram Type 5s

    There isn’t one single Enneagram type that corners the market on innovation, and you can find sparks of genius and transformative inventions across the nine personality styles. It is said Steve Jobs of Apple Computer was a Type 4, Andy Grove of Intel a Type 6, and Richard Branson of the Virgin Group a Type 7.  But when you dig deep into the story of innovation, more often than not, you’ll find a Type 5 in the mix. From vaccines to personal computers, from laser pointers to social media platforms, today we pay a tribute to the Type 5s across the globe and all the ways they make the world…