Yoga and Life Coaching: Why they work together well

Part of the things I had to do as I finished my coaching essentials course with The TLC Solution was a research paper – anything to do with coaching. Of course, mine was on yoga :)

I had an inkling already that yoga and coaching would make a beautiful partnership – otherwise I wouldn’t have been so focused in pursuing it. For the practitioners out there, I’m sure we’ve all said at one point or another, “I’m a completely different person now compared to the me before yoga.” The practice is transformative on its own – what more if you add in life coaching to the mix?

My own experience of going through the workshop and being part of a few coaching conversations as a client showed me that it’s a big fat YES! to yoga and coaching :) My hypothesis was correct!

I’m going to write a bit more about what training was like soon but, in this post I’d like to share my research on why and how yoga and coaching work well together by posting a few excerpts from my research paper — in the hope of enlightening coaches, yoga teachers, and even those interested in coaching.

Disclaimer: the last time I wrote a paper was in college so the citations etc might just suck :)

Screenshot of my presentation. All pictures are from White Space Mind and Body Wellness

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How vision boards got me to teaching yoga in Bali ♥

A year ago, I was a new instructor weeks away from a one-month stint of teaching yoga at Bahay Kalipay in Palawan.

Now, I’m sitting at a coffee shop smiling to myself because I get to type this beautiful sentence out — I am teaching yoga in Bali! ♥

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What it’s like to be Heard by a Life Coach

At the start of the year, even before 2015 ended, I decided that one of the things I wanted to become was a life coach. In my vision board I wrote down with specificity, “The sign of which I should take first, coaching, counseling, or yoga therapy will make itself known very early on and with undoubted clarity.”

Mid-January, I found out about the Coaching Essentials Course at The Talent, Leadership and Change Consultancy Academy thanks to life coach and growing friend, Kitty Ferreria.

At the start of my yoga teacher journey into the unknown I attended her Your Awesome Year workshop where we mapped out what the next 5 years would look like. It was a scary and large process but lo and behold, less than a year since that workshop I found that what I had set out to be was actually happening! (READ: On teaching: Passing the one-year mark, learning how to love) So when she suggested, among her many suggestions, to take training where she too took training, I jumped at the chance :)

Our training consists of face-to-face whole day learning and more importantly, 12 hours of required coaching experience and a research paper. Having recently just finished day 2 out of the 3 days of “classroom” learning, I can now say more and more that life coaching is part of my soul path.

One of the most important things I’m truly learning is how to listen actively and constructively, how to see people.

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