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Namaste Invested: Look to Yoga to Build Your Wealth

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I have been practicing yoga for more than a decade. I love the physical and mental benefits it provides. Yoga makes me stronger and more flexible and helps counteract the effects of sitting in a chair at my desk all day. Yoga is also a great stress reliever, helping to clear my mind and keeping me grounded and focused. I love how I feel after a great yoga class – strong and empowered, yet balanced and calm.

As I was practicing recently, it occurred to me that a number of the lessons I have learned from my yoga practice can be applied in our financial lives as well:

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It can be tempting to compare yourself to the people around you in a yoga class. There is always someone that can bend a little deeper or hold a pose a little longer than you can.

It’s important not to worry about what the person next to you is doing. Instead, focus your attention and energy on the practice on your own mat.

This same philosophy can also be applied in our financial lives. You will be better served by ignoring what your neighbor is doing with their finances. Their investment allocation might be right for them, but that doesn’t mean it is the one that will best help you reach your goals. You may envy their outwardly lavish lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean they are on track for retirement. Ignore what you see other people doing with their finances and focus on yourself instead.

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One of the benefits I get from yoga is it helps me be more mindful. Through........

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