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Why Yoga Psychology and how is it relevant to Coaching?

The coaching profession today is entrusted with a responsibility perhaps far greater than we even imagine. Through the leaders and organisations we engage with, we impact the lives of countless people across the world. As key influencers, we have to rise to this challenge – to do the right thing by our clients and by society, to be rooted in dharma. Yoga Psychology is a time tested, scientific study of the human mind. As coaches, therefore, it becomes critical for us to comprehend the mind’s working. This insight enables us to have greater presence, listen to truly understand and to ask deeper and more powerful questions. Yoga Psychology offers frameworks and models of the personality complex and offers opportunities to address some of life’s biggest questions – what is the purpose of life, what motivates human endeavor, what are the obstacles to change – to cite just a few.

The recently updated ICF Core Competency Model released in October 2019 emphasizes, more than ever, the need for coaches to first manage their own selves – their own beliefs and understanding about themselves, their attitudes and their behaviors. The spotlight is now on the coach. The message is clear – manage yourself, along with the coaching relationship. In the light of this, it is pertinent to look at the science of Yoga Psychology.

Yoga is a way of knowledge, a science. Yoga proceeds systematically to study, explore and unlock the various powers, faculties and levels of awareness within us. Yoga philosophy is a practical philosophy of self-observation and inner inquiry. We learn by applying it in our daily lives’, Frawley, 2008

Why choose Coach-To-Transformation’s Yoga Psychology certification program?

Coach-To-Transformation’s Yoga Psychology and Coaching Certification Program helps coaches enhance their self-awareness and thereby their own presence – personally and professionally. It also provides coaches with frameworks, models and tools to experiment with and to deploy in their coaching practice.

These insights enable coaches to have greater presence, understand better and ask deeper and more powerful questions. The program helps to build a sustainable supportive system to continued self-growth as a Coach and as human being.

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    About the Yoga Psychology and Coaching (YPC) Certification Program:

    Yoga Psychology and Coaching (YPC) Certification Program is brought by a global leadership coaching firm Coach-To-Transformation of MCC Rajat Garg (Board Member at ICF Global). The course is designed and delivered by Alka Shesha (PCC) and Atul Mathur (PCC).

    Started in 2017, Yoga Psychology and Coaching is an ongoing 30-hour certification as part of Coach-To-Transformation program approved by ICF under ACSTH path.

    Since its conception in 2015, the program has been positively received within the coaching communities of the ICF Mumbai Chapter, the APAC coaching conferences and the students of the online program brought by Coach-To-Transformation. The YPC program is now globalizing with a first face-to-face program in Bangkok in March 2020.

    Program Structure – 30 Hours (Onsite in Bangkok/Virtual)

    • An intake call with participants of the batch.
    • 3 days Non Residential Seminar in Bangkok (Sukhumvit area): Classroom training and practice
    • Mentoring & Supervision calls
    • Practice Sessions
    • Reciprocal Peer Coaching Program
    • Self-Development Plan
    • A final group closure Call
    • Reflective individual assignments and Reading Material

    Total elapsed time – 4 months

    About the Yoga Psychology and Coaching (YPC) Certification Program

    Yoga Concept

    Link to Coaching

    The nature of the Self as witness according to Yoga

    How can Yoga strengthening presence and other updated ICF competencies?

    The five states of the mind  - from restlessness to concentration

    How to developa stiller mind and help clients to do the same?

    Buddhi, Ahamkar & Manas - components of the Mind and its functions

    How to leverage on a sound understanding of the structure of the mind to advance deeper coaching conversation?

    Satva, Rajas and Tamas - the three gunas

    How to reach a Sattvic state in coaching conversation?

    Vrittis – the five mind manifestations

    How to strengthen helpful mental actions towards clarity of thought and action?

    Kleshas -the five internal blocks to change

    How to address the root causes preventing change?

    Purushartha – the fundamental motivations for action

    How to align my daily actions in a rightful direction and help my client to do so?

    Ashtanga Yoga - Eightfold Path

    Overview of guidelines for meaningful and purposeful life. How to observe a healthy and ethical routine and be a source of inspiration for others?

    Yogic Advanced Coaching Model

    Learning and practicing a model of coaching using Yoga principles.

    Who can benefit?

    • For Coaches seeking to apply for or renew credentials. 30 CCEUnits will be given to attendees.
    • For certified Coaches or soon to be interested in exploring the links between Coaching, Yoga Psychology and Presence
    •  For Coaches who aspire to great coaching and are looking for creating their own practical path for continuous self-growth and presence

    Our program is developed to help ICF-credentialed coaches or equivalent in standard gain an in-depth knowledge of cutting edge research on the application of Yoga for wellness, self-development and inner leadership and meet their commitment to continuous self-growth through the accumulation of CCEUs for required renewals or the pursuit of credentials

    How will you benefit from Coach-To-Transformation’s Yoga Psychology and Coaching Certification Program

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    Venue (3 days non residential workshop in Bangkok)

    Join us in the beautiful setting of Ariyasom Villa and feel at the outskirts of the City in the very centre of town. The Seminar will take place in the intimate library and the very unique Sala overlooking the Khlong.The lunch will be enjoyed at the Na Aaron restaurant offering anorganic and vegetarian Thai Menu.

    More information about the venue: www.ariyasom.com

    How to get there? You can get to Ariyasomvilla by BTS or Khlong Boat (Saen Saep Boat Service)). These are the lines that have stops nearby:

    BTS Ploenchit – Exit 3 – Walk 5 min

    Boat along the Khlong: Nana nuea Pier – Walk 5 min

    How will you benefit from Coach-To-Transformation’s Yoga Psychology Certification Program?


    Do you need to be a Certified Coach to access the Program?

    The program is designed for Certified Coaches or for Coach in the process to be a Certified Coach (currently pursuing a coaching certification program).

    If you are not a Coach and are interested in the program, share it with us. Other programs will follow to meet the needs of other professionals. Please email us at rajat@coachtotransformation.com

    Do you need to have experienced Yoga before to access the Program?

    No prerequisite concerning the practice of Yoga on or beyondthe mat is required. We welcome any coach interested in growing their presence whatever their level of familiarity with Yoga.

    Shall we practice physical yoga and breathing exercises?

    The physical practice of Yoga is not the main purpose of the Seminar, rather the study of the mind and the learning of the Yoga Psychology on that topic. That said, breathing techniques and simple asana's will practiced to condition ourselves, to help us to turn our gaze inward and calm our busy mind.

    Are there interactions with the other participants?

    Absolutely. Participant interaction is said to be the hallmark of the Seminar. Coaches will not only share their thoughts, reflections, coaching practice through assignments and group practice, but will also be invited to take part at the Reciprocal Peer Coaching Program.

    Does the program lead to certification?

    The program leads to a 30-hour certification as part of Coach-To-Transformation program approved by ICF under ACSTH path. 30 CCEU’s will be given to certified participants of which 24 units are core competencies and 6 units are resource development.

    How can I use the training hours to pursue my ACC, PCC or MCC?

    The program will help you to gather 30 CCEU’s that will complement the total necessary for the pursuit of the desired level.

    What are the timings (time zones) of the Virtual sessions?

    The schedule of online sessions will be suggested to participants of the seminar, aiming at meeting preferences of participants. The trainers (located in Mumbai) will invite the participants to join Zoom Calls (Bangkok is 1:30 hours ahead of IST - Indian Standard Time).

    Real Life, Real experiences….


    “The programme enabled me to connect with many of my Indian clients much more effectively and easily. Our culture is hard-wired into us and Yoga psychology enabled me to connect into that hard-wiring. As a consequence my coaching quality improved and I could see my clients ability to think through and talk about themselves improve when I brought in Yoga psychology words and concepts. Rajas-Tamasic-Satvik is one example. At a coach level I think yoga psychology is a great way to get to "not knowing" - the ICF competency No 4”
    -Anil Kulkarni, Strategy & Leadership Coach

    “ In my quest to find techniques to silence my inner chatter, create more self-awareness and become more present in the moment, this course covered all areas! In fact, I gained so much more than I had initially envisaged or hoped for! I have been able to deepen my self-awareness in such ways I don’t feel I could have achieved elsewhere. By exploring the concepts of yoga psychology, the journey of self-awareness felt more rapid and there have been many “light-bulb” moments! I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Alka and Atul have such a wonderful manner through which they were able to successfully create a relaxed and secure environment in which learning thrived. Being over 4,000 miles away and participating online, I felt I was participating in a highly focused, smooth, relevant course that was executed very well. My understanding of yoga psychology concepts now impacts my thought processes and questioning in my daily life as well as in the coaching process. From my experience so far in applying yoga psychology concepts and frameworks to my own issues or others', I have felt the pace at which awareness comes is accelerated as, often, I find I can to get to the ‘heart of the issue’! I would go as far as to suggest that Yoga Psychology should be a course for all coaches to undertake before and during their career. For me, it has heightened awareness within me of that which holds me back as a coach. Additionally, for those like me starting out as a coach, yoga psychology has afforded me insight as to what my barriers are which need to be overcome as I start to build and grow my own business.”
    - Nadene Mackay, ICF ACC (Associate Certified Coach)

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