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

  • Being, Knowing, Doing of Coaching in the context of ICF competencies
  • Components of the Mind and its functions
  • The five states of the mind – from restlessness to concentration
  • Eightfold Path, personal and social disciplines – overview
  • Pranayama – regulating bio-energy to steady the mind
  • Vrittis – the mind’s inner chatter; how to take control
  • Kleshas – internal blocks to change and how to address them
  • Yogic Coaching Model – a framework – theory and practice
  • Understanding the Purushartha – the fundamental motivations for action
  • Creating a Personal Development Plan

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!!

  • 2 day face to face workshop – 16 hours
  • 3 coach mentoring calls in 3 months – 3 hours
  • 3 group supervision calls over 3 months: 6 hours
  • Self-study and assignments: 5 hours

Program Dates: 12th and 13th August 2017

Location: IIT Bombay, Mumbai


Alka Shesha

Atul Mathur

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