How Yoga Can Help your Trading

We sit too long as traders leaving our bodies stiff, inflexible and drunk with stress. We can find best practices to alleviate these mental and psychical states that are not optimal for our best trading. One way is with yoga stretches that I have found very helpful.

As I get older I rise from after the opening session around 11am feeling funny tweaks and body tightness. I can’t help but think a stiff body leaves  traders more stressed and in a less desirable state to make trade decisions. Not to mention you just don’t feel that great.

During days when I lift and do cardio, I have been experimenting with the exercises below. They have left me calmer, more flexible and centered with my thinking.

Many of us have heard about the benefits of yoga but do not know where to start.  Benefits such as:

  • reduced stress
  • sound sleep
  • reduced cortisol levels
  • improvement of many medical conditions
  • allergy and asthma symptom relief
  • lower blood pressure
  • smoking cessation help
  • lower heart rate
  • spiritual growth
  • sense of well-being
  • reduced anxiety and muscle tension
  • increased strength and flexibility
  • slowed aging process

More specifically to our work as traders yoga adds the benefits of increased productivity, enhanced memory and stress reduction.  Where did that stock break out from again?  How did I miss that stock?  Why didn’t I review those charts before the open?  Why am I so tense during this trading session?  Apparently, yoga can help with this.

Yoga can help us deal with the inevitable losing trades argues this trader.

Yoga helps us perform better.  Remember, too much stress harms performance as this article explains.   If pressure is too high or too low then our trading performance will suffer.

I remember the first and only yoga class I went to with Steve Spencer, Co-Founder of SMB Capital. The instructor came over to me during one pose and asked, “Why are you sitting this pose out?” I thought I had been doing the pose.  I was certainly trying as hard as I could to do it.  Apparently, I was so bad she thought I was resting. So starting can be intimidating for some. The video below is a great place for you to start and see if yoga is worth further pursuit for your trading.

I hope it helps!

trader90

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6 Comments on “How Yoga Can Help your Trading”

  1. couldn t agree more, I got an electric desk that helps a lot ! The next must have for trading firms ?

  2. also got a vertical mouse that I m pretty sure will become the new standart for health reasons

  3. Feeling relaxed now. After doing a lot of research and lot
    of strategies now got something that make me relaxed. Thanks for this article
    and yes Yoga is one of the best ways to make you relaxed well not for only
    traders but for every sector as well. I am now reading and researching on the
    recent articles of Traders Exclusive and suddenly got this post. I can’t make
    myself stop to leave a comment here.

  4. I have a standing desk as well and i love it. it helps with the over excitement and anxiousness i still get sometimes at the open, as well as just helping me stay active in some way while working from home.

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