(Health) Investment tips from a bilingual yoga teacherBijay J Anand,
I am a linguist. Currently, I speak seven languages and endeavor to learn at least one more before I die. The one thing that speaking different language helps you in when you become a teacher is that it helps you to think, rationalize and debate in the language that the person opposite you will understand, comprehend and (hopefully) follow.
Let me explain;
I have a friend who never exercised in his entire life. He simply never had the time! Even before I became a yoga teacher, I’d coax him to do at least something to take care of his ballooning body.
His retort was usually the same, “J’ai pas de las temps”. (I have no time)
One day, I changed my language to speak health with him. Since he was an astute businessman, I quantified his health benefits into money and laid out an investment plan in front of him.
If he was to initially make a ‘large’ investment of 21 days for a detox at a good spa, I told him that it would add at least a year to his life.
So from not having the time to do it because he needed that time to make money, I told him that by ‘investing’ 21 days of his work time he’d actually ‘earn’ 344 days more to make even more money.
Next day morning he was on a flight to Chiva Som in Thailand and he only came back a good 14 days later. I know, 7 days short of my recommendation but what the hell, at least he made a beginning.