YogaUnbound’s initial mindfulness program is comprised of 6 modules to be implemented on-site. In addition, online vignettes (10-minute video segments) of these modules will be available for use in an office environment. These online videos will provide the ability for you to tap into your practice on an on-demand basis. Whether presenting to senior management, dealing with a tough negotiation or having just experienced a difficult encounter with a staff member or colleague, the online tools guide you back to a place of stillness to renew our inner strength and equanimity.
Module 1 Discipline and Commitment
Through an engaging, sequential yoga practice, we have the opportunity to deepen our mastery of leadership skills. The word discipline means “determined efforts,” something valued and cultivated for greater clarity and commitment. In challenging asana sequences, you learn to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Through routine, easy sequences, you learn to focus and be present even in the most boring situations. With the completion of each sequence, the rewards of consistency and discipline help to deepen your commitment to a life practice of mindfulness.
Module 2 Confidence, Clarity and Creativity
The more we practice mindfulness, the more we’re able to overcome our constant judging and reacting to external experiences. Using meditation, yoga, and breathing, you’re able to quiet the mind for a steady, laser-like focus and a renewed a sense of self-confidence and assurance. A mindfulness practice provides tools and techniques for developing “balanced” assertiveness and conviction. From decision-making, negotiations, and public speaking, to complex problem-solving and challenging organizational issues, mindfulness helps you to let go of preconceptions and find your authentic voice.
Module 3 Attentiveness and Awareness
We all experience questioning and challenges from management and colleagues, either about something we believe in or something we intuitively know. Through the physical demands of an asana and meditation practice, you can observe and explore your inner responses and habits of thought. How do you respond when you find the pose difficult? When you find it easy? Through deeper awareness and assessment, you’ll be able to identify your strengths, learn what you need to do when you feel resistance and find your inner strength when you need it most.
Module 4 Trust Yourself
The first principle of yoga is “citta vitri naroda” – quieting the mind to explore our inner knowledge and deep consciousness. Quieting the mind enables you to become aware of your own thinking processes. You’ll see how certain thoughts affect your reactions. You learn how to step back, assess, and then act in a fully mindful way. You’re able to let go of past experiences and prejudices that often diminish the depth of your wisdom. Once you experience this sense of trust and commitment of your intuition, you have the strength and determination to execute. You choose your own path rather than letting old patterns or paths lead.
Module 5 Openness
Practicing sustained concentration—or mindfulness—enables us to overcome preconceived beliefs that often limit our experience and our awareness. All too often, these concepts prevent us from finding creative solutions to problems as well as from seeing the potential in a new challenge. Through mindfulness and the practice of “letting go,” you’re able to uncover new perspectives and approach each situation with a fresh awareness every time. You’ll learn to take time to look at each moment anew—whether it’s a new dimension, a new solution, or a new way to see a colleague, a friend or family member.
Module 6 Magnanimity
Magnanimity refers to a greatness of mind that helps us face insurmountable challenges and difficult situations with tranquility and firmness. To find tranquility and firmness, we need to incorporate the concept of non-attachment into our daily lives. For everyone, this is a significant and lifelong challenge. Nonetheless, meditation and breathing techniques can help you become more “magnanimous” by practicing the letting go of thoughts and things in our lives that create stress, resistance and self-doubt. You’ll discover you can choose which challenge you want: the challenge of change and growth, or the challenge of remaining as you are.