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The Yoga of Coaching: Applying an Ancient Science to Coaching PracticeDr. Cheryl M. Vermey, CPCC, ACC, CTC(Vidya)United States


Airplanes as Automobiles

Coaching from one or two dimensions is like clipping the wings of an airplane

and using it as an automobile!

  • What does it mean to coach

    the clients “whole life”?

  • How do we really “meet clients where they are”?

  • How can clients be coached holistically, especially in organizations that are focused on outcomes & the bottom line?


Becoming One

“Follow your breathing, dwell mindfully on your steps, and soon you will find your balance.

Visualize a tiger walking slowly, and you will find that your steps will become as majestic as hers”

Thich Nhat Hanh


Coaching Using the Chakras

The main energy centers of

the body & keys to health.

1st: Base of spine, survival

fear; Grounded

2nd: Navel, Intimacy/emotions

Healthy sexuality

3rd: Solar Plexus, Self

esteem; Social Roles

Source: Le Page, Joseph & Lilian. (2005)

Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox. Integrative Yoga

Therapy.


Coaching Using the Chakras (2)

4th:Heart, Depression, pessimism; Unconditional love

5th: Throat, Communication/

intuition; Inner directed

self

6th: 3rd Eye, Spiritual path

Calm/focused

7th: Crown, Unity

consciousness


Chakras Guided Imagery

Group questions:

  • What are the coaching challenges when the chakras are not in balance?

  • What are the coaching opportunities when the chakras are in balance?

  • What new strategies can you use to support your clients in greater awareness of energy balance and greater empowerment?


Coaching Using the Koshas

  • Physical Body: Systems of the

    physical body & 5 elements

  • Energy Body: Includes the chakras

  • Psycho-emotional Body: Habitual

    patterns of thought & emotion

  • Wisdom Body: Intuition & insight that

    allows for transformation

  • Bliss Body: The true self, inner joy

    Source: Le Page, Joseph & Lilian. (2005).

    Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox. Integrative Yoga

    Therapy.


Coaching Using the Koshas

Coaching in Triads

  • Coach - What primary Kosha was present in the client?

  • Client & Observer– What were you aware of?

    Discussion:

  • How can we assess where a client is?

  • What questions would you ask for each Kosha?

  • How can coaches use Koshas to “be with” the client?


Suggested Yoga Postures & Breath(Asana & Pranamaya)

May be done on the phone

  • Focused breathing – 1:2 ratio

  • Meditation – focus on 3rd eye (Lotus)

  • Single Point Gazing –

  • Palming & energy awareness

  • Mountain (Tadasna) w/ 3rd eye focus

  • Forward bend (Uttanasana) w/ 3rd eye focus

    (avoid if have cataracts, high B/P, or cardiac condition)


Summary Principles for The Yoga of Coaching

Coaching from more subtle levels of awareness by:

  • Going from thinking to feeling to being leads to unity – of body, mind, spirit.

  • Foster non-judgment and letting go.

  • Develop witness consciousness and choice- less awareness.

  • Cultivate a balance of both will and surrender.


End Words

“Perfection is not necessary. There is no end to the unfoldment of the process. There is no arriving, only going. There is no need to judge where you are in your journey. It is enough that you are on the path.”

Yogi Amrit Desai (1987). Listen with Your Heart. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA. (out of print)


For Your Further Inquiry

  • Cope, Stephen (2006). The Wisdom of Yoga. Bantam Dell, New York, NY.

  • Le Page, Joseph & Lilian (2005).Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox. Integrative Yoga Therapy, Garrettsville, OH.

  • Sri Swami Satchidananda (2003). The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Integral Yoga Publications, Yogaville, VA.

  • Turina,Danijel (1999). A Yogi Approach. Ceres, Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Thich Nhat Hanh (1998). The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching. Prallax Press, Berkeley, CA.

    A special acknowledgement to Yogi Amrit Desai of the Amrit Yoga Institute (www.amrityoga.com) and the Level I & II Teachers Manuals from which my inspiration & ongoing practice are derived.


For continued conversation:Dr. Cheryl M. Vermey, CPCC, ACC, CTCPresident & CEO610-793-6503cvermey@envision-coach.comwww.envision-coach.comThe ICF values your feedback. Please take a moment to complete an evaluation form and return it to the room host located at the back of the room.


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