Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The ethics of business and yoga

After many many years of owning a yoga studio I realize that it is a business and that I do need to make a living.  But I have found that what is most important is to do the right thing.  And we all know what the right thing to do is.  If we are making a bad choice that is intentionally hurting someone else, we know it.

Whether it is giving a free class to someone in need, contributing to charities, being kind to your neighbor, or treating your business associates with respect,  you know you are doing the right thing.

Being selfish, taking something that is not yours, being dishonest or not forthright to someone (business associate or not), you know you are doing the wrong thing.

It is actually a pretty simple concept.

In the spirit of yoga we need to be aware of how we treat people.  It is not always about how will this benefit me, in fact you should think how will this impact others.   When you make the right choices things will usually come back to you in a positive way.  When you ethically and morally do the wrong thing........  Not so good.

Dealing with a few large online yoga supply companies I can say without hesitation that does that right thing time and time again.  Other companies?  hmmmmmmmmmm

In the spirit of yoga lets try and treat people the way we would like to be treated.  Again a very simple concept.

The ethics of business and yoga?  Just do the right thing, don't take something that isn't yours, be respectful, kind and honest.  Pretty simple concept.

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