“MAT PRACTICE” INTO “LIFE PRACTICE”

Although I love yoga, I almost did not show up for my yoga class that morning. It was a rushed morning and the weather outside even justified my not going into class. I also thought that I am late anyway and may not even get a spot in the class. Something made me just get up and say that even if I was going to be a little late for class, it should be all right.  Worse case, if I did not get a spot, I would just walk around and come back. I knew that if I did make it, I would feel better after the session because I had shown up and had done my practice and I would be left with a lot of energy. As I walked in to the room, there was a place for me and I felt like it was a sign. I settled and started my Vinyasa flow.  What I realized that day was, how what we do on our mat is what we need to do in life too.

1. Showing up is so important: More than anything else is showing up on your mat just as important as showing up in life.

2. Unsure about what happens: No matter how many years we practice yoga, each day or each practice session is different. We don’t know what happens on the mat on that particular day just as in life things that happen are not always known.

3. Continuing to breathe: No matter what we are doing on the mat, the focus is the breath because it is the breath that helps get through the different poses or the challenge on the mat just as in real life we are faced with different challenges at all times and the key is to get comfortable breathing through whatever it is that is happening.

4. Don’t worry about what happens on other’s mats: when we start to look around to see what others are doing on their mat, we lose focus of what we are doing and we end up losing our balance. Similarly, in life when we compare ourselves with others and focus on what others are doing, we lose focus on what we need to do. Of course, its always great to have people around us inspire us, but do not get intimidated by what others are doing. Focus on your strengths.

5. Learning to be present: On the mat, it’s all about being present. We may be faced with worries from the past or about the future but what helps us stay focused is being present in that moment. Similarly in life we will be faced with stress, anxiety, emotions or worries about events that have occurred or what may occur, but we need to learn to acknowledge them, feel them and then come back to the present.

6. Learning to let go of what is not serving us: Just as you release the thoughts that no longer serve you during your practice, you do so the same in life. You learn to let go of past grudges, physically letting go of the things around us that no longer serve us and are blocking better things from coming into our lives because of the place we have given them in our life.

7. Acknowledge ourselves: after the practice session, we learn to acknowledge ourselves and feel good about facing whatever the challenges that we did on the mat for that day, similarly we need to learn to acknowledge ourselves in life to get past our challenges.


Kalpana is a certified Life Coach (ICF) and a certified Eating Psychology Coach from The Institute For The Psychology Of Eating. Her main goal in her coaching practice is to help people to love themselves "now" as opposed to waiting to do that only when they "get there." She has a true passion for helping people cultivate unconditional love for themselves, and helping people to form healthy relationships with food.

THE MOST EXCITING TICKET IN TOWN

Q: What was the most exciting ticket in town this past weekend?

A: Well, it depends on what you’re into, but for me, it was the Inaugural Life Coach Radio Network Workshop Weekend!

I’m part of this amazing network of coaches from around the country, and we’re on the radio several times a month; however, this was our first live event and it was a great success. Here are some of my takeaways. My hope is that you will be inspired in some aspect of your life by some of these really amazing coaches!

·         Mindful Eating: I was able to apply lessons from this talk right away, especially because it took place right before lunch! If you know me, you know I love me some Japanese ramen. Well, I went to my fave place for lunch and practiced the mindful eating techniques Danielle Mercurio provided during her workshop. I left feeling satisfied, yet not full and was able to return to the event fully charged, but not lethargic.

·         Spirituality: This is an area I’m constantly looking to work on. Jennifer Kottler provided a fresh new perspective – a different way to look at spirituality that I can incorporate into my daily practice. Her use of analogies and phrases made it very simple for a novice spiritual-ite to engage.

·         Resilience: Man, this is one of my favorite topics. Developing resilience serves us in so many aspects of life- work, diet/exercise, personal relationships and hell- even the NYC Subway system! When I was promoted a few years back in my conference life, I had an executive coach who focused on resilience with me, and these lessons have served me well. Filomena Iorio-Tasoluk and Veronica Taylor really broke down the top 10 characteristics to grow and build upon to develop this important muscle. They’re turning it into an online workshop soon, too!

·         Defining Your Life, Your Way: This was my workshop and it’s a topic area I’m super passionate about. We talked about defining what matters to you- not what matters to others- and the next step is to put what matters to you into a WIP “Life Plan” so to speak that can be changed as you go and grow.

·         Going With The Flow: We had our first live studio audience for an actual LIVE radio show on this very topic! Coaches Andrea Ruchelman, Tim Billiter and Russ Terry talked about how to get into the right mindset to be able to do this naturally and easily. This TOTALLY came in handy during snarled traffic and commutes due to freezing train lines this week!

·         Clearing Clutter: Danielle Mund shared her theory on “Your ONE thing,” where she laid out what multitasking actually does to our brains and why focusing on Your ONE thing will help you actually achieve results. She talked about how you can define your one thing to move forward. This was REALLY helpful to me, because in addition to my growing coaching business, I do event work so I am constantly mutli-tasking. This helped me understand how to cultivate my ONE thing while still being practical.

·         Networking With Linked In: Russ Terry brought the workshop weekend HOME, yo! He closed the weekend on an equally strong note to the rest of the amazing workshops with a really practical, hands on approach to using Linked In to find business opportunities and the job of your dreams. I was able to use my computer in real time to update my profile and make it stronger.

Unfortunately, I was unable to clone myself and attend all the various workshops going on at once.  There were opportunities to hear from Divorce Coach Martin Salama, Life Purpose Coach Annette Johnson, Clutter Coach Tracy Pierce, Leadership Coach Barbara Hetzel, Purpose and Transitions Coach Mandy Roczniak and Corporate Coach Shannon Sennefelder.

If you’re looking for some guidance on any of these areas of your life, definitely contact them or me and be sure to listen in on our upcoming shows!


Jill Ozovek is a personal development coach who works with 30-something women (and others!) with demanding careers and busy lives get real with themselves and figure out how to take the next big step in their lives, whether it be a career change, personal development goal or relationship challenge. To learn more, visit www.jillozovek.com