Your inner clown and humour strategies Pilot activity
Name: Zsófia Fischer Contact: 1121 Hungary Gereben utca 4a. +36 30 600 4427 email@example.com Target group: business professionals, 30-50 years old Description: Working as a coach and yoga teacher, two-three times a year I organize a yoga retreat that has its theme related to the season. This autumn the theme of the 3-day yoga retreat (6-8 November, 2015) was „change by letting go”.
During the retreat I led a 90-minute session using some methodology learned thoroughout the Leipzig seminar. These were the main activities inspired by the „Your inner clown and humour strategies” workshop. 1)
„Connection” - We started off by walking around in the space, connecting to ourselves,
to the body and breath. Observing the breath and recognizing what is going on within ourselves,
in our minds, understanding our thoughts and feelings. Moving freely in the surrounding space and gently strecthing our physical limits based on our inner needs, inspiration. Afterwords the participants connected to each other, greeted one another in a way that felt OK for both parties. 2)
„Breath” - Than we created two rows and explored our feelings through breathwork.
Walking towards each other with holding the breath in or out, created an understanding how great effect our breath has on our emotional state of being, as well as what kind of effect we have on others through this.
„Emotions” - Througout the yoga practice, participants were asked to pay special
attention to their emotions, in each asana (yoga posture). After understanding their emotion, I asked them to somehow make it visible in the posture – using their facial expressions, hand gestures, body. Observing how it made them feel in their body and in their mind. 4)
„Letting go” - At the very end of the session, we practiced letting go through an exercise
in pairs where one participant gradually relaxes the others’s limbs and head. Through the gentle
movement of the arms and legs, the person who gets to relax can pay attention to the body and notice points where it’s difficult to relax. The provider can bring attention to these areas by
Results: The participants had the possibility to explore their emotions through working with the body and the breath. The session resulted in a better understanding of the connection of body- mind and breath, and how consciously one is able to gain control over it. Pros and contras concerning the used methodology: The participants truly enjoyed the session and found it very useful. Recommendations on the methodology: Expressing emotions through bodywork creates a deeper understanding how emotions truly have an overall effect on our body and breath. The „letting go” exercise was very exciting way to see the difficulties of „just being relaxed”.
How did the training in Hungary support/challenged/altered my professional approach? It encouraged me to introduce not only coaching in my „yoga world”, but to bring body- and breathwork more and more into my coaching practice. It gives people a more complete understanding of their inner being and gives them a possibility to open up to new ways of being. What did I get from the training that I can use in my work based on the pilot activity? I will incorporate the „Emotions” exercise in my yoga classes for people to have a clearer view their inner world as well as to learn to express it freely. What is not fitting my work from the training based on the pilot activity? None. While the main focus of the Leipzig seminar was finding „your inner clown”, due to the nature of the yoga weekend it could not be incorporated. However, I learned several techniques to work with the emotions that can be widely used in my professional life.
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This project was possible with the financial support from the Erasmus+ program. The methodological resources and inspiration came from the The artist within – Applied eMOTION long-term adult education project (www.theartistwithin.eu). The generosity from the fund and these organisations is much appreciated.
Published on Jun 2, 2016
Published on Jun 2, 2016
local pilot activity in Budapest, hungary done in 2015 in the frame of the european strategic partnership "the artist within"