What is a Coach?
- Help people identify and set better goals & then reach those goals.
- Ask clients to do more than they would do on their own.
- Help the client to focus differently or better to produce results more quickly.
- Provide clients with the tools, support & structure to accomplish more.
Does the coach work on personal goals or business/professional goals?
Both, actually. With the line between personal and business life blurring, we tend to work on many if not all aspects of your life.
What about people who are already doing really well in their lives. Why would they need a coach?
They might not need a coach. But it is helpful to find out: Are they doing what they most enjoy? Are they tolerating anything? Is life easy? Are they going to be financially independent within the next 15 years? Do they have what they most want? We’ve discovered that, often, people need to expect more out of their lives. A coach can help in this process.
How is coaching different from consulting? Therapy? Sports coaching? A best friend?
Consulting.Coaching is rather like consulting. However, the coach stays with the client to help implement the new skills, changes & goals, to help make sure that positive change occurs. Therapy. Coaching is not therapy. Coaches don’t work on “issues” or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior. That knowledge may come as the client move forward toward personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want, but it should not be the focus of a coaching partnership.
Sports. Coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, like teamwork, going for the goal, being your best. Unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not competition or win/lose based. Coaches focus on strengthening their clients’ skills, not on helping them beat the other team. Coaches look for win/win solutions. Best friend. A best friend is wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional who you will trust to work with you on the most important aspects of your life and/or business?
Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?
Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Often times the client keeps working with the coach after a specific goal is achieved because the client may want to work on other areas of their life.
Will meditation make me too relaxed or spaced out to succeed at work or school?
In the old days, people used to associate meditation with impractical alternative lifestyles, and feared they might morph into a laid-back hippie or a tie dye wearing yogi if they dared to sit quietly for a few minutes. Fortunately, times have changed. Everywhere you look you can find articles touting the scientifically proven benefits of meditation.
Meditation teaches you how to focus your mind and minimize distractions so you can actually get things done more effectively.
How can I find the time to meditate in my busy schedule?
The wonderful thing about meditation is that it doesn’t take that much time. As soon as you pick up the basics, you can begin by practicing for five or ten minutes each day. Mornings are generally best, at least to start. And adding an evening practice to your day is optimal.
Do I have to give up my religious beliefs to meditate?
Definitely not. You can apply the basic principles and techniques of meditation to any spiritual or religious tradition or orientation.
How do I know if I’m meditating the right way?
This question reflects the goal-oriented perfectionist in you who monitors your activities to make sure you’re doing them right.
The great thing about meditation is that you can’t do it wrong, short of not doing it at all.
Can meditation really improve my health?
Yes, meditation can make you healthier, both physically and psychologically! Researchers have published hundreds of studies investigating the health benefits of meditation. The results consistently indicate that people who meditate regularly have better health than those who don’t. Consistent Meditation practice can actually reduce anxiety, help ease depression and improve focus.
Where does Reiki energy come from?
Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head after which if flows through the body and out the hands. It appears to flow this way because of our perspective. However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.
Is Reiki a Religion?
Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.
Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?
No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including medicine, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.
What Is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter yoga is a relatively new concept in body-mind exercise. It combines simulated laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor.
How Long Does a Laughter Session Last?
A laughter session can take place in as little as 20 minutes, but the general group session is approximately 40-55 minutes often taking time for relaxation and laughter at the end of the session.
Where and How Did It Originate?
Laughter yoga was developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a family physician practicing in Mumbai, India. Looking for ways to alleviate stress from living in the over-crowded city, he decided to create a laughter club to test out the theory that laughter truly is the best medicine.
Dr. Kataria did this by gathering a group of people in a public park to tell jokes. The first week everyone enjoyed the humor and laughed. Not long after that, the response changed drastically.
However, what Dr. Kataria observed was that whether something was humorous or not, people laughed when they saw others laughing. The laughter was visually contagious. Realizing that he was on to something special, Dr. Kataria created and perfected simulated laughing techniques and incorporated breathing exercises into the routine.
That is how Laughter Yoga got started.
The concept took hold and spread worldwide. Today there are over 8000 laughter yoga clubs in 65 countries.
Who Is This Good For?
Laughter Yoga can be performed by anyone. People of all ages, fitness and cognitive levels can participate. Best of all, one doesn’t have to be happy, have a sense of humor or be in a good mood to take part & gain benefits. There is no special clothing or equipment required. All that is needed is a space for the group to gather. It’s fun, easy to learn and the positive effects can be felt immediately.
Where do sessions work well?
Anywhere. Places such as during a workplace break, or at the start of a shift or workday. Anybody can participate in the exercises, because therapeutic laughter is very adaptable. For example, it can work very well in schools, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Occasionally, Birthday parties, Anniversary parties, and other outings where health, bonding and team building is desired.
Are There Any Special Space Requirements to Host Laughter Sessions?
Laughter clubs can be organized in offices, factories, health clubs, churches, schools, nursing homes, senior centers, neighborhoods, and the like. A laughter session can be part of any group or team who wants to have fun and stay healthy, while applying a unique tool for dealing with stress triggers.