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Career Moves: From IBM to Internet Benefactor

Yoga helped this Internet pioneer realize that there is more to life than just building and selling products.

By Susan R. Cohen

"Hopefully, one day these kids will be sitting across from each other negotiating something that may affect all of our lives, and because of this project, they will have better insight and understanding of one another," says Weis. "This is the most rewarding thing that I have ever done in my life, and I do not think I would have ever been able to do it without the peaceful moments that yoga brings. It has helped me to gain the clarity and focus that fuels creativity. So many of my ideas come only when I finally give myself time to really think. The more I practiced, the closer I came to understanding my true desires and my inner world. I realized that I wanted to give kids something special to help them grow in their understanding of people who are different than they are."

Weis has been doing yoga for eight years. "I do a very meditative yoga and hold postures for a long time. I become so engrossed in doing my postures that I have to set a timer to go off every 10 minutes. My wife teases me that if it weren't for the timer, I would hold the postures forever."

Now a member of the board of trustees at Kripalu, Weis offers counsel to others on the fast track. "First, you have to recognize that you want to make a change," he says. "Then you have to know where you want to go, and lastly, you have to execute a plan of action." For Weis, yoga gave him the clarity to experience each of these steps with patience. "I don't think this could have happened without yoga; I might have a lot more money, but nowhere near the wealth that I now have in my heart."

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