Yoga and Coaching?

When asked why I recommend (and teach) yoga to my clients, the answer is both simple and deep.


Simple answer:

A regular yoga practice is a practical means to find inner awareness, stillness and contentment. Yoga helps you to feel better.  




Longer answer:

The short answer PLUS.....Yoga stills the mind through movement which offers the opportunity to connect your mind, body, and spirit. Movement is connected to breath with a focused intention which provides for a mindful experience. Becoming mindful of your actions, thoughts, feelings, and intentions helps in coaching and all of life. The ability to look inward allows you to listen to your subtle body to be aware of the information it provides you in order to make good choices and decisions.


Do I Need Yoga?

Most Westerns are constantly over-stimulated (in a rajasic state). Their minds are constantly filled with lists, images, phones, TV, etc. They are unaware of how to find stillness, subtle awareness, and inner contentment. Yoga offers many practical, easy to follow ways to find the elusive "self" and your well-being.


According to Martin Seligman, a founder of positive psychology, our well-being is based on a combination of five elements: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment (PERMA). If you are open to receiving these gifts from yoga, it can offer all of these things.


Yoga has many different facets and in the West we think of only 1, 2, or 3. The ones people are aware of include poses, meditation, and maybe breathing techniques. However, yoga has much more to offer. It includes practical advice on how to live your life through the Yamas and Niyamas. It offers guidance on how to steady the mind and become detached from suffering. Yoga, along with the ancient sister science of Ayurveda, has the power to transform your life through simple, practical tools/wisdom that has been passed down for thousands of years.


You do not have to live like monk or renunciate to practice yoga. You can incorporate yoga with dramatic impacts into your current life without having to move to Tibet, wear an orange robe, and eat only rice. Your journey begins with an open mind and a willingness to try.

What is Yoga?

Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.  Yoga dates back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world.


Yoga is not a religion. It has no creed or fixed set of beliefs, nor is there a prescribed godlike figure to be worshiped in a particular manner. 


Here are a few basics about yoga if you are interested in giving it a try:


  • Flexibility is an outcome of yoga, not a prerequisite.  Translation:  You do not have to be flexible to do yoga.  If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
  • Yoga is not a competitive sport.  It is not about who can do the best pose, be the most mindful, be the most flexible, or have the best mat or clothes.  This is meant to be an individual practice.  Certainly you will find people that try to make yoga a competition, but they are involved in an athletic stretching and strengthening practice on a mat, this is not yoga.  As my yoga teacher says "A gold star is not going to pop out of your butt if you are the 'best' at something."
  • Not all yoga classes or teachers are the same.  Even if the class has the same name, it depends on the teacher.  Bikram and Ashtanga will be the most similar from class to class and teacher to teacher.
  • Yoga should NEVER be painful.  You may reach the edge of your discomfort, but at no time should yoga ever hurt you. 
  • Think of your yoga practice as a marathon, not a sprint.  Accept where you are today and recognize that every day will be different.  Over time, you will notice changes but they will not happen overnight.
  • Every body is different and may or may not be able to do certain yoga poses.  A few of the factors that play into the ability to perform some poses include:  arm, leg, or torso length, ligament and tendon movement, previous injuries, height, size of belly or breasts, current flexibility, current strength, medicines, etc.
  • Find a teacher you connect with, that speaks to your inner person.  You would not continue to go to a doctor or any other person offering guidance if you did not like them or trust them.  If you do not like your first teacher, the first place you tried it, the first style you tried, try again.  If you are truly open to the experience, there is a yoga out there for every body.
  • I believe the greatest gift you can give your yoga teacher is to honor your own body.  It is a personal practice led by an teacher and you are the only one experiencing what is happening in your body.  They do not have the same body as you, nor does any other person in the world.  If it doesn't feel right to you, don't do it - even if the teacher is standing right next to you trying to help you.  Politely say that this doesn't feel right to me. 

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