Yoga Helping Traders Bear Market Tumult

High finance may seem incompatible, but practice is booming
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2008 11:20 AM CDT
Yoga practitioners perform one of 108 sun salutations.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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(Newser) – The yoga industry is doing big business on the financial market as bankers and traders look for ways to take a step back and rise above the whirlwind, the Wall Street Journal reports. Life in the market “is the antithesis of what yoga is about in terms of inner peace,” one instructor says. “Yoga teaches you to embrace fear and cultivate patience.”

Some yoga instructors have had to tailor sessions a bit to fit the Wall Street crowd—though BlackBerrys aren’t allowed, one teacher says his classes also go without the group chants familiar to many of the 15.8 million Americans estimated to practice yoga. "It's too far out of the box for our customers," he says.