hatha yoga: Mind Over Money: How chanting and Hatha Yoga are helping this manager manage stress and sharpen his leadership skills

“I have been following Buddhism as a philosophy of life for over 10 years, under which I chant one hour a day. The practice of chanting frees my mind and works as a power charge to start the day,” explains Supriya Rathifull-time director, Anand Rathi Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd.

In an interview with ETMarkets, Rathi, who has 20 years of rich financial services experience in insurance brokerage, said, “I practice Hatha Yoga which involves sun salutations and various kriyas of yoga, ending by Pranayama. I have greatly enjoyed yoga as a form of exercise for the past 8 years. Edited excerpts:


With over 20 years of experience, how can chanting and meditation help you control stress?
I have been following Buddhism as a philosophy of life for over 10 years, under which I chant one hour a day. Chanting practice clears my mind and works like a power charge to start the day.

Is there a specific technique you follow or a discipline you follow daily/weekly?

Chanting is part of the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, a very practical philosophy of life based on prayer followed by action. A central tenet of philosophy is the universal law of cause and effect or “Karma”.

Singing is the starting point; it has helped me enormously in my professional journey and in making decisions based on the courage and wisdom that come from this practice.

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You also practice yoga. Is there a specific form that you practice? How was your experience?
I practice Hatha Yoga which involves sun salutations and various yoga kriyas, ending with Pranayama. I have enjoyed yoga as a form of exercise immensely for 8 years.

I do it about three times a week. It keeps me flexible, fit and energetic throughout the day. It is a great healing tool, many kriyas and practicing pranayama techniques help me maintain hormonal balances in the body, as well as increase immunity.

Mind Over Money: Hatha Yoga practice and chanting helps bring positivity and strengthen the mind, says Supriya Rathi

“I practice Hatha yoga which involves sun salutations and various Kriyas yoga, ending with Pranayama. I have been enjoying yoga as a form of exercise immensely for 8 years,” said Supriya Rathi, full-time director, Anand Rathi Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd.

Why do you think it is necessary for everyone to practice some form of meditation or activity to help calm the mind?

Chanting or meditation is essential for all of us, to take time out of our usual routine and step back, focus on silence and self-awareness.

It helps to streamline the mind, build self-confidence and positivity, providing the discipline needed to work towards achieving our highest potential.

Are there any key learnings about applying the principles of meditation, yoga or swimming that help you in your leadership style?

The practice of daily chanting accompanied by exercises like yoga or swimming gives a boost to each day. It creates a rhythm and discipline in life that helps maintain physical and mental well-being.

Additionally, it creates a significant balance that strengthens the mind to face stressful situations with courage and determination.

Chanting/medicating practice brings perspective and patience and helps me take full control and responsibility even in the most difficult situations.

It provides the emotional strength, courage and resilience as a leader, to be able to rationalize and make well-considered decisions and to have the courage to take a strong stand and at the same time create an environment of compassionate work, without compromising on results and performance.


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