One of the strongest common themes shared by coaching and yoga is the emphasis on the process of fostering inner awareness. Both disciplines place great value on the path of self-discovery and believe that our journey begins by shifting focus from the external events and circumstances of our lives to the more subtle qualities of who we are “being” in the moment. Observing the layers of our nature makes it easier to conceptualize where our actions come from and how well they reflect our inner values. In my yoga classes, I teach my students to tune into the multiple layers of their subtle bodies as a way to identify closer with the true nature of their Divine essence. The model of the five koshas—the concentric energetic “sheaths” that make up our being—serves to develop this awareness of the physical body, life-force energy body, mental body, intellect or higher mind, and our spiritual bliss body.
As a coach, I use the Transformational Model to encourage clients to look at their lives from the inside out. This model holds that there are five layers of our being. When we focus our awareness on our innermost priorities, we then can govern our actions most effectively to live and create the lives we want for ourselves. Transforming the quality of one’s life comes from identifying one’s core essence, personal values, intentions, desires, and optimal behavior, and seeing how acting from that awareness can shape our personal environment. By gaining access to our essence and core values, we are the cause rather than the effect of circumstances.
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