Corpse Pose In Yoga

Yoga as a Holistic Discipline

Just because you’re normal doesn’t mean you’re a simple organism. The yoga perspective is that normal people are enormously complex. In fact, the only way to navigate and facilitate a person’s yoga is to see how the person is functioning in all aspects of life. Only then can a coach come up with a comprehensive plan that addresses these key areas. For example, a person’s self might be addressed by working on issues related to confidence, but a person’s body might be addressed with a commitment to go to the neighborhood gym three times a week.

What I call multidimensional yoga is the wave of the future’t is the logical evolution of all the different healing movements that have emerged in recent years. Consumerist movements that drive change in other fields have begun to affect the self-improvement fields as well. People feel more empowered than ever before to make specific treatment suggestions. While therapists may not always be amenable to these suggestions, Yogis are responsive to them. More than that, they invite their clients to participate as partners in the process. This interaction produces yoga plans that range far and wide, and they are as likely to focus on dating or parenting or religious issues as on traditional matters of the self.

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Keep in mind that people seek out Yogis for many reasons because they are in an existential crisis, long for greater human connection, have unmet desires, are anxious, or are suffering from low self-esteem. These are normal people who are hurting or searching or both. Or they are extremely talented people seeking higher and higher functioning in life and work. In the past, they may have simply suffered or searched in silence. Today, they feel emboldened to ask Yogis for help or accountability. Yogis are responding with a much more holistic approach than existed even a few years ago. They are yoga people in terms of multiple dimensions rather than simply one or two areas.

A coach’s multidimensional perspective is an outgrowth of all the amazing developments in society the Internet, the spirituality movement, the notion of work as a calling, the breakthroughs in physical wellness. As everyone becomes more aware of the possibilities for living a full life, they will drive the yoga process in a variety of fresh directions. While Yogis should not be expected to be experts in every area from yoga to Internet businesses, they should be aware of all these areas and be able to refer their clients to experts when necessary. In this way, the self-imposed limits of traditional yoga poses are removed from yoga. It may be that one person’s path to a more meaningful life is through outdoor survival experiences. Another person may find fresh purpose by turning her love of cooking into a career as a chef and by deciding to adopt a child. The possibilities are endless, and good Yogis don’t rule out any of these possibilities.

Neither should you limit your options as the yoga client. Just as therapists must stop viewing the people they’re helping as “sick,” “damaged,” or “flawed” and start seeing them as quirky, fascinating, and strong people, you, too, need to adopt this latter perspective about yourself. Recognize that you may not need ten years of intensive self-based talk yoga poses, but instead can make leaps in personal growth through meditation, yoga, joining community groups, or pursuing all sorts of other nontraditional healing alternatives. By changing your perspective on what selfimprovement is, you free yourself from self-imposed limits of what you can accomplish. It is a coach’s job to encourage you in this unlimited and creative approach to changing your life, and to provide you with the tools, referrals, and talk that will make these changes feasible.

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