A couple of months ago, I decided to begin something I have been putting off for a long time. I started a workout journey! I have never been someone who consistently works out, but during the COVID-19 pandemic I stopped moving my body completely after I realized home workouts just weren’t for me. I was noticeably drained both physically and mentally, so when gyms and studios began to slowly reopen this year, I decided it was time to make a change. For the last month or so, one of the ways I have been moving my body has been with yoga classes, and I have been loving it so far. Not only do I feel stronger both physically and mentally than I have in a long time, I’ve realized that the lessons I learn in yoga class can also be implemented directly into my work as a marketing and public relations professional. Keep reading to discover six connections I have made that may help you on your next marketing campaign! 

A Brief Yoga History

Before we connect yoga with marketing, let’s create a base knowledge of the history of yoga and all it encompasses, because there are some common misconceptions about the practice. 

Yoga is an ancient and complex practice rooted in Indian philosophy. The origins of yoga can be traced to Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word ‘yoga’ was first mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts called the Rig Veda.  After this, yoga was refined and developed by Rishis (sages) who documented their practices into Upanishads — a work containing over 200 scriptures. The language of yoga is Sanskrit, which is the root of many Indian languages, and one of the oldest languages in the world. ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj,’ which means ‘union’ or ‘to join.’To learn more about the history of yoga and some important contributors to the practice, check out this resource about the world’s first yoga museum. 

Modern yoga became popular in Western culture through the 1970s. When people think of modern yoga, they might think of just the physical aspect of yoga or the postures, but yoga can also be a lifestyle. It brings together elements of breathwork, flexibility and strength to improve and exercise mental and physical well-being. Yoga is all about connecting the mind, body and spirit to be one cohesive unit. 

There is also not just one way to do yoga. It is believed there are around 19 types of yoga and over 66 postures. This article covers 11 of the most common types.  Yoga also has many proven health benefits including improving sleep, building muscle strength and enhancing flexibility. 

Now that we know more about yoga and where it comes from, what does it have to do with marketing

Six Yoga And Marketing Connections

1.) Set A Goal Or Intention

Setting a goal, or intention as it is referred to in yoga practice, each time you step onto your mat is a key element of yoga. Intention setting is a way to deepen your practice for the day and build upon the physical aspect of it with a mental component. In other words, setting a goal for your yoga session. What will you focus on? Yoga Hub recommends focusing on your breath and letting the rest of the world melt away as you think about a virtue you would like to embody. They also recommend trying to keep the wording positive, like ‘I am grateful for my body,’ instead of ‘I won’t take my body for granted.’ When things get challenging throughout the practice, you can think back on that intention, or goal, to ground you. You can carry that intention with you throughout your day, week or month — it doesn’t just have to disappear once you leave your mat for the day. 

In marketing, goals are also an essential part of your strategy, and often the place you start when developing a campaign. Similar to how intention setting at the beginning of your yoga practice serves as a guide to your practice for the day, goal setting in marketing sets the direction for your campaign. It helps establish the steps you will need to take throughout your strategy. Without a set goal (or goals) before you begin your campaign work, it will be hard to know what to do next, and on the flipside, when the marketing campaign concludes you will have no way to measure if you were successful or not.

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Making sure your goals are SMART can be useful in both marketing and yoga.

While goals are the foundation of your marketing strategy, they  can change and adapt as your audience, business and the world change and adapt as well. At Three Girls Media, we utilize a SMART goal framework to ensure each goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timebound.

2.) Build A Solid Foundation 

After goal setting, in most yoga classes or practices your next step will include finding your foundation, or grounding your mind and body. Since yoga has multiple layers, including both physical and mental elements, the pose your body is in is considered the foundation for your practice. To ground yourself in that foundation, really feel the part of your body that is touching the earth. Most people usually just have their feet or bottom (if you are sitting) to ground us to the earth throughout the day, but yoga gives us a special opportunity to find strength and grounding with other parts of the body. In yoga, just about any part of the body can be our grounding foundation, depending on which pose you are working on. By bringing your awareness and focus to this foundation of your yoga practice, you can find balance in any yoga stance. 

The same is true for your marketing campaign. Even though it is constantly evolving, if you remember who your brand is at its foundation, you can take on any difficult campaign. Stay true to your brand’s values and the rest will come to fruition. When things get challenging, taking a minute to breathe and ground yourself is a useful skill we can learn from yogis. 

Another way to look at the importance of grounding in marketing is to focus on building the base and structure of your campaign before worrying too much about the details. In yoga, you need to learn the basic poses before doing the difficult ones or you are unlikely to be successful. The exact same is true in your marketing campaign. If you build a solid and strong foundation, the details will in turn follow, and your campaign will be much more likely to succeed. 

3.) Try To Avoid Comparison — It Is Not One-Size-Fits-All!

One of my favorite parts of yoga practice so far is how inclusive and adaptable it is. Before each pose, the instructor will often give three options to choose from to make the pose feel right for you: one for people still learning, one at a mid-level and one more advanced option. They will also clarify that everyone’s body can feel different on any given day, so if you choose a higher level today but feel better at a lower one tomorrow, that is okay. Your body may also need something entirely different than those three options, and that is okay too! Listen to what your body is telling you is the message that comes across. Do what you need at that moment. My yoga teachers have also often told us in certain moments to look away from the mirrors at the front of the room and even close our eyes at points to completely take the element of comparison out of the equation. Everyone’s bodies look completely different in each pose, so it is helpful to not compare yourself to others. Think about how your body is feeling, not how it looks in the pose. 

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Try to avoid comparison in your marketing campaign. Just like in yoga, everyone is different and has unique needs.

Similar to our other yoga takeaways thus far, this lesson is one that can be helpful in all aspects of life, but also translates directly into your next marketing campaign. Look at every campaign with fresh eyes. What has worked well for your company one year may not be the best the next. As the world changes, your strategies and goals may also change. While it can be a useful tactic to look at other campaigns and businesses for marketing inspiration, it is important to remember not to compare yourself or your company to others. It is human nature to compare and is just about impossible to avoid entirely, but try to take a lesson from the yogis on this one and be intentional about how you can better your own company’s strategy, how your campaign is performing and what you can do to improve for the future. 

4.) Results Take Time And Consistency Is Key To Success

Consistency is crucial to ensuring you have positive results both in marketing and in your yoga practice. If you go into your first yoga class determined to do every single pose perfectly right from the get-go, you will be disappointed, and will actually get less out of your practice than if you start slowly and with intention. It is necessary to come to the understanding that results take time, and you need to practice, practice, practice to see them. If you keep up with your practice, and incorporate some of our earlier steps like setting strong goals and building a solid foundation, you will start to eventually see the results you are hoping for. Patience is important here, as it can sometimes take months before you start to see visible results — both mental and physical. 

You guessed it — this lesson of consistency and patience is applicable to your marketing strategy as well. When you implement a new marketing strategy, you also may not see visible results for months. It can be difficult to trust the process, and can sometimes feel discouraging, much like you may feel after practicing yoga for months and not seeing visible results. According to Hatago Consulting, the average time to see results in a marketing campaign is 6-9 months after you begin. While it can be tempting to give up after months of no results or to switch up your strategy, consistency is vital to the success of your campaign. When you are feeling that temptation to give up, think from the perspective of your audience. They are not going to want to buy or support a brand they know nothing about, and it takes time to gain that rapport with potential consumers. 

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Consistency is key in your yoga practice and in your marketing campaign.

Consistency is not only important in how often you post, but also in the actual content that you produce. While you want to adapt your brand voice slightly depending on the platform you are posting to, you need to have a consistent, recognizable brand image so that your audience isn’t confused about who you are and what you represent. Seventy-one percent of consumers say they’re more likely to buy a product or service from a brand they recognize. If a customer was choosing between two products, one from a brand they recognized and one from a brand they had never heard of or seen before, they’re probably going to go with the brand they know.

5.) There Is Always Something New To Learn

Something I really enjoy about both marketing and yoga is that there is always something new to learn. In both fields, once you set the foundation and continue to grow in your practice, the possibilities are endless. In yoga, there are always new positions to build upon, new styles to try out and new mindsets to implement. No matter how many years of yoga you have under your belt, you still have more to learn and discover. 

The exact same is true of marketing. Even if you are a seasoned marketing expert, there is always learning to be done. Technology is always changing, so there is certainly room to grow in that sector for any marketer or business owner. People are also always changing, so you need to adapt with your audience. Marketing is a constantly evolving field, and to remain successful, you need to evolve with it. Stay on top of the latest trends in your industry to make the most out of your strategy. 

 6.) Have Fun During The Process 

Last, but definitely not least, have fun throughout your process. Many turn to yoga not only because it is great for your body and mind, but also because they genuinely enjoy the practice and have fun with it. One of the things that was the hardest for me with sticking to a workout routine was that I didn’t genuinely enjoy any of the workouts I was trying. I would just stare at the clock and hope for it to be over. Yoga is a practice that I, and many others, find actually fun and enjoyable. It is more of a lifestyle than other workouts that are just about the exercise, which adds to the fun and positive results. 

Hopefully, you are able to find some enjoyment, fulfillment and fun while planning and implementing your marketing strategy. Most likely, you are really passionate about your organization, and want to do anything and everything you can to help make it successful and bring awareness. While strategies and implementation are important, do not forget to have fun along the way. Depending on your field, fun, engaging content can be a really great way to bring awareness to your brand. One way to bring an element of fun to your marketing campaign is to implement the use of memes.If successful, a meme can be a great way to go viral. Crafting a unique brand voice and personality is another way to bring a little bit of fun into your marketing campaign. There is so much competition out there these days, and being personable and relatable will encourage people to choose your brand out of the many options available. 

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