Yoga som redskab til selvledelse i det grænseløse arbejdsliv

Mia Riisberg Klausen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis will examine how the practice of yoga can be used as a tool for self-management and hence support the theory of the limitless working life (In Danish, det grænseløse arbejdsliv). From a hermeneutic point of view, this project sets out to provide a nuanced perspective on the overall research questions provided.

The thesis and its research questions will primarily be using Yogi Simon Krohn’s interpretations of the yoga practice represented in his book Nærmere Noget. Three key principles will be included, namely: 1) Awareness – the key to yoga, 2) The Mind – co-player and opponent, and 3) Asana – body and mind in collaboration. Krohn’s interpretations of the yoga practise will be used to support the project’s standpoint on the subject of what a good working life is and can be. It is the aim to place the yoga practice within an organizational context and to illuminate how and why yoga can be used as an active tool for self-management and as a means towards a limitless working life.

The project recognizes that yoga and yoga practice does not hold a large part of the research field in management science, and that it is often confused with mindfulness and similar techniques. Therefore, the project may be moving within a grey zone, but it will still seek to achieve the overall goal of challenging the boundaries and understandings of what a good working life can be. Within the practice of yoga, theories and techniques on how to know oneself become evident. In yoga, the aim is to achieve a better understanding of how to balance one’s mind and body. This understanding can also be used to stay centered in the flexible and endless evolving working life. By using yoga technics alongside the limitless working life theory, this project discusses how and why yoga can, and cannot, be seen a suitable tool within the workplace. As a way of discussing how yoga and yoga practice can become a tool for self-management, the current work ideals and theories of self-management will be examined.

In conclusion, this thesis will provide a more nuanced and elaborate understanding of how the selected theories can be used to highlight the complex, various, and contextual factors of collective values within the workplace and working life.

EducationsMSocSc in Human Resource Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages83