Yoga for You? – Adele Kinghan

adele_yoga_stretchYou might often see classes labeled as ‘yoga for strength’ or ‘yoga for flexibility’ or ‘yoga for back pain’ etc. As much as teachers like to put a specific label on the classes, essentially what it comes down to is finding a way to breathe, move and engage with the yoga poses (and indeed with life) from a place of effortless effort. Where we find strength in moving with ease.

Sounds like a paradox huh?

It is. The less we force and muscle on through our practice, the stronger we become.

Honouring your gifts and showing up

3851ce693d630cfafaee555c9b2fbb45“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it’s stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

The vision of Capp as a strengths organisation is to match the world to your perfect job. They lead in designing and developing the next generation of strengths based products and services and have created a strengths profiling tool to identify individual strengths and unlock barriers. During the process and depending on how you answer the questions, 60 different strengths (also referred to as attributes), will show up in one of 4 quadrants:-

 

 

Realised strengths – you are good at, energised by and you use them often

Learned behaviours – you are good at but they are de-energising for you

Weaknesses – not good at and do not enjoy

Unrealised strengths – you are good at, they energise, but you are not using them

By discovering, developing and making the most of your strengths, your R2 profile will provide a number of benefits, for you personally and also for your employer.  It’s a framework to further understand ourselves, our motivations and why some tasks fill us with energy and curiosity, while others make us feel exhausted, resentful and wanting to run for the hills! 

To Do Lists – Helpful or Stressful?

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

todoTo Do Lists – Helpful or Stressful?

Are you a ‘To Do List’ person? Does it give you a great sense of achievement when you add things to your list and then are able to cross them off? Or does your list create more anxiety when you are never able to reach the end? Does it often feel that for every one task you complete, another two are added?

There are several attributes looked at during the Realise 2 strengths process, which relate to our individual motivation and drive to complete tasks.

 

Planful – You have a natural ability to plan and prepare, taking a systematic approach for everything you do

Time Optimiser – You maximize your time to get the most of whatever time you have available and in whatever situation

Drive – You are motivated to constantly set yourself goals and targets. You have learned that as soon as you complete one task you should move onto the next

Whilst coaching participants recently regarding their individual strength results, I noticed a common theme.

Happiness – a destination or a way of being?

JumpingOne of my earliest memories of being my happiest (you know that child-like, butterflies in the stomach, bubbling over with joy happiness), was my 5th birthday when Dad took time off work to cart my Sisters and a group of my friends in his 1965, 5 metre long Bedford bus out to the coast for the day. We had a BBQ lunch and birthday cake on the beach; it was an amazing fun fueled adventure. I look back at photos now and still remember how loved and important I felt and the sheer excitement of sharing this day with my favourite 5 year-old peeps.

Fast-forward 10 years I said I was at my happiest when I found my first “true love”. I was 15 years old. He walked me to and from school, held my hand at lunchtime, wrote me beautiful poems and told me he loved me. Life was covered in a rose tinted haze in those first 6 months, new senses were ignited and emotions experienced like never before. I was the happiest girl in the world. That was until my “true love” had too much to drink at a party, forgot how much he loved me and ran off with the most popular girl at our school. All of a sudden I was a bewildered, blubbering mess and the “unhappiest” I’d ever been!

When I was in my early twenties I left the safety of my family and home country and travelled to the other side of the world. London became my new home; but during weekends away I would find myself wine tasting in Burgundy, canal boating in Venice, bike riding in Amsterdam or sail boating in Turkey. The world seemed so big and options were endless. I was outside my comfort zone; meeting new people and experiencing new sights and different cultures. This meant I described myself as the “happiest” I had ever been.

Mind Full, or Mindful?

mindfulness_poster_UKThe link between happiness and mindfulness is an increasing area of interest for many people and these days is a term you will see commonly written about or spoken about, both in a personal and a professional sense.

Dr Ellen Langer, the founder of the Langer Mindful Institute and often described as the “mother of mindfulness” has researched this topic for more than 4 decades. As the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles, she discovered that becoming mindful is much easier than most people realize. Mindlessness is pervasive. Langer says people much of the time are mindless. They are simply “not there.” The problem is that when you’re not there you’re not there to know that you’re not there. The simple process of noticing new things is the key to being there. When we notice new things we come to see the world with the excitement of seeing and experiencing it for the first time.

Kath shares a few words with us about her Leap experience!

Kath is an incredibly inspirational woman, loving mother and wife, and was ready to take her leap when she joined us at Riverside Matakana! Read below a few words from Kath about her Leap retreat in November, 2015.

The absence of time has been my biggest challenge these last few years. Getting caught in the busyness of running a business, being a partner, a mum, a good friend, a supportive leader, and in between trying to find time to keep healthy and active. In a nutshell I was in burn-out. Then along came the opportunity to participate in LEAP and the experience has literally changed my life for good…

It’s given me the opportunity to take much needed time out to go deep and evaluate what living “my best life” really looks like and then it’s given me the strategies and tools to actually make it happen. Wow, what a gift! I can genuinely say it has surpassed any previous learning and development programmes I have attended.

The story telling approach that Sally and Mandy have incorporated into the content was a real point of difference. It’s connectable, inspiring and thought provoking. The quality of the course was outstanding including the inspirational speakers that came and shared their personal journeys of living their best lives. It was also an opportunity to connect with others and forge new friendships through shared experiences.

Mandy and Sally bring leading edge research based methodology and tools that are delivered with authenticity, compassion, energy and real life experiences. They really are walking the talk and that’s hugely inspirational.

Every detail of the programme was meticulously planned from the pre-workshop strengths evaluation, the 3 day residential retreat, right through to the follow-up coaching sessions. It has been a very fulfilling experience that has enriched me both professionally and personally.

The programme has armed me with practical tools that I’ve adapted into all areas of my life. I’ve been able to overcome a particularly challenging professional situation using my newly adopted “growth mindset”. It’s increased my confidence and self-belief and I’m excited to continue using the strategies imparted to build on my learnings.

Post-LEAP I’m now implementing a strengths-based approach with my team and together we’re looking forward to playing to each others strengths to achieve our collective goals. I feel back in control of my life choices – I just needed time out to reconnect with my goals and I have found my direction again.. wow does that feel good! If you can find another programme that gives you these benefits I wish you luck!

To anyone thinking of attending a LEAP I would say “find a way, no matter what” – the benefits are huge – for you, for your team, for your family and friends.

Kath Knight

Director @ geyser creative

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A word from Trudi, one of our wonderful Leap NZ participants

When I met Trudi, I instinctively knew that we were going to be a part of each other’s lives. There was a magnetic pull! Her bubbly, positive attitude towards life and her great sense of humour allowed us to bond, and when I saw her at my local yoga class one day, I knew. Today, Trudi is one of our most recent participants on Leap. She joined us on Leap NZ in November 2015 and sure had a lot to say about her experience! Take a read below.

“I began exploring Trudimy values 12 years ago. The company I was working for at the time engaged a creative consultancy firm to run a series of workshops, supporting employees to establish values, explore purpose and meaning and to consider how individual actions and behaviours could directly impact the culture of a company and their overall vision. It was the beginning of a whole new journey for me.

Over the years I have continued to invest in the path of self enquiry. I have taken part in many different Personal Development trainings, Workshops, 1-1 Coaching sessions, Online Modules, Meditation courses and have also completed more than 200-Hours of Yoga Teacher Training.

At the end of 2013 and after 13 years working for a large Corporate in the Travel Management sector, I resigned with a short term plan to study Yoga & Philosophy in Bali for 1 month. That happened and now 2 years later I find myself still based in Bali, working amid the world of Yoga and Event Management, leading a completely different life from the one that used to feel so comfortable, and if I’m honest, the one I thought I would never leave.

Sometimes I think I’ve done it all and learnt it all but I never seem to stop. There is a continued desire to learn, to unravel new possibilities, to keep stepping up and challenging myself to be the best person I can be. When I made the decision to join Leap in New Zealand, I wondered if there was much more that I could learn! I knew personal values was one of the modules we would study.  What I soon realised was that recognising individual strengths and concentrating on personal values formed a foundation for the entire programme. Finding out what we are good at, what makes us tick, our purpose in life, getting to know ourselves, our motivations, and the things/people/activities which really make us shine.   And for me, the unravelling was getting to know myself as the person I am today, and not the woman who set her values and intentions about how she wanted her life to look 12 years ago.  I am a new and different person, life has happened and my priorities have changed.

One of the things I appreciated the most about Leap, was having the space and time in a peaceful and uplifting environment (home is where the heart is) to think, plan and reflect.  I live in Bali and I have more spare time than I ever had in New Zealand, but it still means I have a demanding full time role and dedicate my life to organizing and planning for others. Rarely in the last 2 years have I sat down and dedicated hours (and certainly never days) to a new and fresh life vision, to exploring my absolute truth and what I really want and then following it up with….a plan!

Oh the plan.  I am a dreamer and a thinker but not always a doer.  We studied modules around planning with purpose, around goal setting and we worked through one ‘Immunity to change’ exercise which was a huge reality check for me.  Studying an unrealised goal, acknowledging behaviours not supporting the goal, competing commitments and unconscious beliefs which hold us back from getting where we want to be. Some real a-ha moments!

Mandy and Sally are both ambitious, inspirational kiwi women who have made bold moves in their lives and who are now deeply passionate about taking others on this journey of learning and creating positive life change.  I feel in designing this course, they have found a perfect balance of personal versus professional, or otherwise in my language, I describe as heart feeling versus mind thinking.  The learning environment was open, honest and safe.   What an inspirational group of people to share this experience with! We had 8 females, 1 male all working professionals, some with families, some not. Many different personalities and all there for varied reasons, but really at the end of it all, there for the same reasons – to get to know themselves better, and to work on their life plan of how to get from where they are now, to where they really want to be.

I can’t speak more highly of Mandy & Sally as Facilitators, the content of Leap and my own personal experience.  It’s a large financial investment but more and more as the years go by I realise that every time I have consciously invested in my own learning and development, I’ve never once looked back and thought to myself, “gosh I wish I hadn’t of spent that money to learn all that I learnt, to feel all that I now feel, or to have acquired the courage I needed to make such radical changes”.

For buying clothes, shoes, make up and household goods…..I cannot say the same!

A huge thank you to Mandy & Sally for this wonderful creation and such a valuable opportunity to reenergise, to design, create and then lead my very best life. Look out for Trudi change in 2016, thank you to Outside the Lines, I now have a plan!”  – Trudi Gwillim

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