How yoga changed my business forever

I was at a Baptiste Yoga program where Baron Baptiste, asked us to talk about our complaints.


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Sun Yi with Baron Baptiste

One girl said “My complaint is that I don’t go after my dreams”

Another said “My complaint is that people don’t recycle”

Then Baron said “Don’t be shy. What’s your REAL complaint?”

Then shit got real.

“Our president is a moron”

“My co-workers are fucking lazy”

“My husband is a cheating asshole”

“My dad is a piece of shit and he raped me”

My complaint was that my employees didn’t care and I had to do all the work.

After everyone shared their complaints, we were asked to think about what we GAIN out of complaining, and what we LOSE by complaining.

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Sun Yi meditating at Baptiste Yoga retreat

That evening we had the most intense yoga class of the week. At the end, during savasana, I started crying uncontrollably.

I don’t exactly know why, but I came to a sudden realization that my employees DID care. I just wasn’t LETTING them help me.

I was saying things like “they can’t do anything right” or “I’m the only one who gets shit done around here”…

I was complaining because it made me feel like I was better than them. It was also an excuse not to spend time training or guiding them. This wasn’t serving me at all.

I started thinking of all of the other complaints I had in my life. I knew I had to stop playing the victim role.

That day I made a promise to myself to not complain about anything ever again.

I still complain, but a lot less.

It helped me take ownership of my life.

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