YOGA & THE COACHING SESSION
YOGA THERAPY AND COACHING
" THE MORE SUCCESSFUL WE BECOME AT MANAGING OUR EMOTIONS IN AND OUT OF OUR WORKPLACE, THE MORE POSITIVE AN IMPACT THIS HAS ON OUR HAPPINESS, MORALE AND PRODUCTIVITY"
We process thoughts and articulate emotions more efficiently when we lower our stress levels and when our mind and body are aligned. The different elements found in yoga can help with clarity of thought. My clients increasingly report that using relaxation techniques – such as yoga, breathing and meditation – before moving on to being coached, allows them to feel physically better and, therefore, better able to concentrate and make full use of the session.
Life is very fast and full of distractions. Moving and stretching the body grounds us in the moment so we are better able to see where we are and where we would like to go.
Coaching is a tool we use to create a plan of action that allows us to move forward. Mindfulness is a helpful mind resource that allows us to be present and attentive to what we are doing. To improve at something, we need to pay attention to what is working and what is not; mindfulness can give us perspective and enable us to create more accurate and insightful plans of action.
Stress can manifest mentally and physically and can have a physical or mental source
The system is connected throughout and affected by all manner of triggers. Stress hormones can throw us into fight/flight/freeze. Sitting at computers, commuting on uncomfortable crowded trains, rushing around
ahead of ourselves to be at important meetings, to be there for our children or our spouses, to keep our bodies fit with high intensity workouts: modern life, and specifically corporate life, is exhausting.
Let us not then be surprised, or self-critical, when we find it hard to focus and creatively solve problems.
Physical pain harms our performance: it puts pressure on our mind; we can’t concentrate; we are distracted; we perhaps can’t sleep and haven’t slept well for a long time.
And if the mind is agitated the body tends to suffer. Hormones are released into the body that affect our sleep, our eating, our mood. Fear of failure can make our muscles tense. Deadlines can force us to sit in the same position for hours on end, barely blinking as we type!
I am a big believer in meditation practice. What was once the sole province of hippies and monks is now medically proven to have many benefits. A part of meditation is mindfulness which is excellent for clearing and relaxing a worried and busy mind, increasing productivity.
Using breathing techniques, mindfulness and meditation, Using yoga breathing techniques and mindfulness meditation.
I look at reducing physical distress from a broad range of issues, incl. back problems, neck and shoulder tension, bad posture, depression, anxiety, insomnia, lack of mental clarity, low energy and comfort eating. Using coaching we look together at all the other areas of your life that may be triggering stress responses and begin to reduce stress using practical approaches and techniques.
My practice has the flexibility to move from mind to body and back as we work together to find your clarity and your path.
HOW I WORK
THE STYLE OF MY SESSIONS
I combine yoga with coaching to get the best results for my clients.
When you begin working with me, I will ask you to complete a health questionnaire so I can understand where any known areas of tension are and any relevant medical conditions. In the sessions, I will introduce breathing and mindfulness techniques and use elements of Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow to activate your body energy.
Hatha practice teaches you to remain in postures for long periods of time and Vinyasa flow energises the body. Breathing and mindfulness techniques help you to navigate your physical sensations and encourage full emotional access by exhaling stress:
engaging a deeper understanding of yourself, where your stress is located, what it is that is causing it and why. The sessions are designed to nourish the whole body and tackle all areas – in body and mind – where stress is felt.
As you grow in confidence, I encourage you to use the tools you learn at any time, and anywhere, when you need to lower stress.
In his first session with me, John explained he was feeling very stressed and that he couldn't control the way he felt. I asked him, how long have you been sitting down?
John said that for the last 30 minutes he had been trying to write an important email and had given up.
I asked him to place a hand on his chest and the other on his belly to notice his breathing. His breathing was quick and shallow.
Together, we went through breathing techniques to allow oxygen to reach his lungs and brain.
I asked him to stand and we did a few postures to stretch his spine and work on his nervous system. He started to feel his body and mind capacity expanding and he told me he felt more present.
John was then ready to be coached. He articulated what was happening for him at that moment with his email. We talked about solutions and obstacles and wrote a plan to overcome future similar situations.
At the end of the session John understood that the problem wasn't the email, but how overwhelmed he had felt.
After three more sessions with me, John developed an instinctive ability to identify stress symptoms in himself when at work and to deal with that stress himself. He uses breathing techniques before going into important meetings and does ten minutes yoga practice daily before his lunch break.
With just these small but effective changes John has noticed a big improvement in his posture and has zero tension in his neck and shoulders. He also says that after using the tools we practiced in our sessions he has gained clarity of thought, a more peaceful mind, and his performance has improved in all areas.
We are now moving onto a deeper practice with more advanced yoga postures, meditation and executive coaching for ongoing projects.
And we have done all of this over Skype from his office.