Yoga Psychology in Coaching

Yoga is a time tested, scientific study of the human mind, quite beyond popular belief that it is about simply asana and pranayama. The coaching process is a partnership that engages our minds with the minds of our clients. 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.

Tim Gallawey, widely regarded as the ‘founder’ of the modern coaching profession, dedicates his seminal book ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’ to Guru Maharaj Ji of the Divine Life Mission and acknowledges Indian spiritual practice as his inspiration. As practicing coaches, perhaps it’s time for us to turn to the source of the wisdom. A video where Alka and Atul explain the concept in details.

What you can expect to take away

The programme aims are twofold:

  • To help coaches enhance their self-awareness and thereby their own presence – personally and professionally
  • To provide coaches frameworks, models and tools to experiment with and to deploy in their coaching practice

Indicative Programme Content and style


Yoga Concept

Link with Coaching


Being, Knowing, Doing of Coaching in the context of ICF competencies Strengthening Presence and other ICF competencies


The five states of the mind   – from restlessness to concentration As a coach, developing a stiller mind, seeing things as they truly are. Helping clients to do the same


Buddhi, Ahankar & Manas – components of the Mind and its functions Understanding the working of the mind and its three components – Discrimination, Ego and Reactive Mind. Leveraging these insights to support the coach presence and the coaching conversation.


Satva, Rajas and Tamas – the three gunas (properties of all matter) How these gunas influence the states of mind and underlie human behavior.


Vrittis – the five mind manifestations (Right Thinking, Wrong Thinking, Imagination, Sleep and Memory) constituting the mind’s inner chatter – helpful and unhelpful Strengthening helpful mental actions towards clarity of thought and action


Kleshas -the five internal blocks to change (Ignorance, Ego, Attachment, Aversion and Fear) and how to address them Framing powerful questions to deepen conversations and address root causes preventing change


Purushartha – the fundamental motivations for action – Dharma, Artha, Kama & Moksha Understanding the four fundamental objectives that a human being strives for and aligning day to day actions in this direction


Ashtanga Yoga – Eightfold Path, personal and social disciplines – overview Overview of the developmental process – as a coach and as a human being – and acting thereon. Creating a differentiator through sheer presence and authenticity


Yogic Advanced Coaching Model – a framework – theory and practice Learning a model of coaching using Yoga principles. Peer to peer practice sessions


Creating a Personal Development Plan Agreeing on a plan to continue and enhance the learnings from the programme.


The theoretical framework of the programme will be based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The programme style will aim to be experiential, blending theory with practice and reflection.

Programme Structure

A 30 hour program which can be utilised to gain ACSTH hours from ICF under our Coach For Transformation Program. Or can be used for Renewal purposes for your credential. Or you can just do it for yourself!!

  • 7 fortnightly sessions of approximately 2 ½ each – 17.5 hours
  • 3 coach mentoring calls in 3 months – 3 hours
  • 1 group supervision closure call: 2.5 hours
  • Assignments: 7 hours
  • Practice Sessions – Peer Coaching
  • Written Assignments on application of concepts
  • Reading – Customized Reading Material, Books, etc
  • Total elapsed time – 4 months

Program Start Date: 31st January 2018


Alka Shesha

Atul Mathur

Target Audience

  • For people interested in going deeper into coaching and Yoga Psychology.
  • For those who need ICF CCEUs for renewal
  • For those who are looking to apply to next level of ICF credential via the ACSTH route


  • INR 56,000 + GST for India to India Payments
  • USD 900 for Outside India Payments

Payments can be done via Paypal or Bank Transfer. 10% discount to Coach-To-Transformation alumni.

Refund Policy

All payments are to be made in advance. All payments are non-refundable if the participant chooses to opt out of the program. All payments will be refunded in case Coach-To-Transformation decides to cancel the training.

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