UNITED STATES, April 9, 2014 (Forbes): Serial entrepreneur Pravin Kothari has spent the past two decades in Silicon Valley's enterprise software trenches. He's had a hand in founding four tech companies, including ArcSight, which grew into a $1.6 billion HP acquisition in 2010. Kothari holds over a dozen patents in security technologies and is the inventor behind his latest company, CipherCloud's encryption technology. "For me, solving complex problems through innovation is my calling," says Kothari. But the biggest challenge in a startup when you have limited resources, changing priorities, too much to do and not enough time can be stress. "Yoga saved my career," says Kothari. "In 2004, I experienced a stress-induced digestive system disorder. My doctor informed me that I would need to quit startups and take daily medication for the rest of my life to counter the condition."
Under his doctors advice, Kothari started yoga to help de-stress for one hour in morning and one hour in the evening. He puts the fact that he made a full recovery and was able to toss out the medication within a year down to this routine. A 2012 study by the Alternative Medicine Review looked at 35 trials addressing the effects of yoga on anxiety and stress. It found that 25 noted a significant decrease in stress and/or anxiety symptoms when a yoga regimen was introduced, although it recommended more stringent controls such as larger study populations. "Yoga actively cleanses and refreshes one's mind and boosts creativity," says Kothari. "It helps channel peace into the organized chaos of building and running start ups. By finding their calm, employees are at optimal state for making the best decisions and deliver best results."
Kotari encourages and sponsors yoga for his employees. At ArcSight, he started weekly sponsored sessions at work to help employees better manage work life balance. "Ultimately, yoga is a powerful medium to take care of yourself, which is important because we often forget that in the course of taking care of work and family. As you get deeper into the practice, you extend that self-awareness into serving your community," says Kothari. "Yoga brings the balance, calm, team harmony, creativity and focus to help solve difficult problems faced every day in business. It can help achieve success in business and even fulfillment of personal dreams".