The Yogic Twist
As a method of helping people meet life’s challenges and fulfil their potential, coaching is well proven.
But it’s when mind, body and spirit are all in balance – when everything is just so – that the greatest insights are available and you can access your most potent energies.
Thinking and talking about things is great. But if we also involve the body and the breath we can bring something extra to the process. Because our thoughts and feelings don't exist in isolation from our physiological self.
It all starts with the breath
From a simple breathing exercise to a complex series of linked poses, I will call on the physical practices that best suit both the individual and the situation we are coaching for.
The purpose is to achieve a state of self-awareness and a detachment from daily pressures, to heighten your powers of observation and your clarity of thought.
This is not a fitness class
It’s a popular misconception that yoga is a form of exercise. But take it back to its origins and it’s far more about the mental and the spiritual than it is about the physical. (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras were written over 2,000 years ago and comprise 195 verses. Only three are about the body.)
I’ve found many concepts from yogic philosophy that resonate strongly in our modern western world. Mindfulness is now being widely embraced by individuals and in the workplace, and I also explore ideas like non-attachment, and the balance of effort and ease, as ways to understand ourselves and the world we live in.
Tell it to your ancestors
We like to think that the issues and challenges we face are uniquely modern. But there’s not much about being human today that wasn’t equally true a few thousand years ago.
The world has always been an uncertain place. Change has been a constant for millennia (and every generation thinks theirs is changing faster than the one before). Other people are complicated and can be hard to fathom. And being yourself is often easier said than done.
The stories, images and metaphors from some of the earliest yogic texts are rich in wisdom and carry a relevance and narrative force that is as powerful today as when they were first written.