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In 1979, Johnson & Johnson introduced the world’s first corporate wellness program. With the goal of creating the world’s healthiest workforce, the multi-national brand launched “Live for Life,” an initiative that provided stress management programs, mental health support, as well as nutrition and fitness programs. This initiative laid the groundwork for corporate wellness programs around the world.

Yoga and meditation are two of the most widely practiced disciplines amongst some of the world’s most prominent brands. If Apple, Google, and Nike have realized the potential of incorporating regular yoga and meditation practices into their wellness programs, perhaps it’s time you think about how you can fold them into your coaching programs.

We know yoga and meditation facilitate self-awareness, foster emotional intelligence, and promote personal efficiency — all things your coaching clients could benefit from. Still not convinced? Here are a few more.

Meditation Helps Create Clarity

Your clients come to you for guidance, encouragement, a desire to remove the obstacles that might be holding them back, and most importantly, to gain clarity, so they can see the path before them.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to change brain chemistry. Back in 2011, neuroscientist and meditation specialist Sara Lazar conducted an eight-week-long Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction test. She, along with her Harvard team, discovered that the areas of the brain that governed emotion regulation and self-referential processing had an increase in cortical thickness. They also found a noticeable decrease in brain cell volume in the area of the brain that is responsible for stress, fear, and anxiety.

The individuals who participated in the study reported that after their eight-week ordeal, they felt less stress, a significant decrease in anxiety, enjoyed more mental clarity, and had an overall positive response to the perception of their mental health. Dr. Lazar’s study proved that meditation not only changes the physical make-up of the brain but has a profoundly positive impact on mental health.

Yoga Helps Improve Focus & Concentration

You may have already dealt with this. Clients come to you desperately trying to gain some focus, looking for methods to center themselves, and to somehow find focus amidst the chaos. A lack of focus and concentration are two of the most common complaints you will hear from entrepreneurs and those in leadership roles. These individuals are often wearing multiple hats, making them the perfect candidates for regular meditation and yoga. Meditation forces you to sit still, be mindful, self-aware, and provides you with the gift of time. Time to reflect, and time to be in the moment. Meditation in combination with yoga practice can teach your clients to compartmentalize their tasks, avoid the overwhelm, focus and prioritize projects rather than get bogged down with all of the unnecessary distractions that hinder productivity.

Regular Yoga Practice Creates Effective Leaders

Yes, you read that correctly. Yoga will not only make your clients more effective leaders but also promotes compassion and creative problem-solving skills. Yoga requires you to listen to your body, with every movement. And with each movement, you are essentially, re-mapping your body’s own reference points. Yoga can show us our limitations (flexibility) in the moment, but with more practice, our bodies will learn to adjust.

Through each movement, our breathing is coordinated, which brings the maximum amount of oxygen to the brain, which in turn cranks the dial down on that nervous system. This gives our brain the opportunity to cut through the noise, and access the higher processing points. In other words, warrior pose or Ustrasana could be where your clients realize how they’re going to solve some seemingly catastrophic logistical nightmare.

Yoga very much forces us to be in the present, and that is a key quality for any leader. The ability to listen and hear your team members, before engaging, is an immeasurably valuable skill. An effective leader is thoughtful and will offer their team encouragement and motivation, rather than contribute to conflict.

Yoga is a very humbling experience. There are positions in which the body is not prepared for, for whatever reason. It requires time, care, patience, and a complete absence of ego. One of the most powerful characteristics of a leader is humility. A leader who can set aside their personal agenda for the good of the team is one who earns respect, loyalty, and the confidence of their peers.

When your clients come to you in search of learning mindfulness, self-affirmation, motivation, and clarity, remember that yoga and meditation have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship for thousands of years. When you incorporate them into your coaching practice, you’ve created a perfect triad.

The mind and the body are one and the same…at least at a deep cellular level that is.

Every hurt, every pain, every twinge of anger or fear affects the contraction of our muscles, the flow of our blood, our hormonal balance, and so much more. The body keeps a fascinating memory (or imprint) of such states.

All of us have hundreds if not thousands of imprints before even the age of one. After all, we mirrored and modeled the behaviors of those around us, and then encoded this information into our cells.

Perhaps we encoded daddy looking away to mean “I’m unworthy of attention from a man.” Or being scolded for walking in the house with shoes means, “I just can’t do anything right.”

And now as adults looking for love, we somehow seem to keep playing that same scratched record over and over again, whether it be while looking for love, career or elsewhere. The pattern persists and gives us the same feelings of rejection or unworthiness, again and again.

Yet here’s the good news, it’s not your fault! It’s your imprints! And so much can be used to shift them. I’m living proof of this!

We may not have conscious memory of where these imprints came about or truly even know they are there until we do the deep investigative work…into the psyche that is.

This is the nature of the work I do, and where I shine the light of focus in my healing work. At the root. As a clairvoyant and a coach, I have the ability to see into the subconscious of a person, beyond what the layperson has the capacity to see.

In my book, Unlocking the Body’s Wisdom; Accessing Your Healing Powers from Within, I discuss numerous processes to alter limiting beliefs and reintegrate with all the parts of yourself which felt discarded or unloved. And in my book as well as numerous DVDs and free YouTube videos I have strategies for releasing such states of tension and reclaiming a happier, more aligned, and peaceful you!

When emotional wounds and unmet needs are unhealed, they will over time present themselves in the body…and in less than desirable ways. That’s why it’s crucial we do this deep inner healing work now…before the disease, diagnosis, and illness creep in.

We as adults (or at least most of us in the self-help world), are on a quest. A quest to heal these inner wounds that have been present for so long and are calling out louder for our help and attention.

And as we do this monumental work, we become more aligned with our self-concept and the truth of who we are.

Shara Ogin works as an intuitive coach (clairvoyant + life coach) and is most passionate about helping women to remove those invisible blocks and barriers that stand in the way of them accessing their fullest potential and desire.

For more about Shara, her upcoming programs and retreats, please see

Her book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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