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Mickcope



Joined: 31 Aug 2019
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Location: England

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Yin from a coaching perspective Reply with quote

This is part reflective review and part question.

Aside from the obvious appeal of the Yin model - a big attractor for me is the nature of the teacher/student relationship. After many years coaching based on a client centric model, I found yoga classes to be more expert centric. Using the Transactional Analysis framework (1) - I have always argued that we help people develop using an Adult to Adult style. But after three years of yoga classes they have often ‘felt’ more Adult/Child based.

Hearing Paul and Bernie respond to questions by helping the owner consider what is good for them was a revelation and and big factor in my investment in Yin.

So my questions are …

(a) I wonder to what extent other people have been attracted by this Adult/Adult based relationship between guide and learner?

(b) How do teachers find putting a client centric approach into practice when you have a room full of people and a restricted time frame?

(c) How do teachers deal with clients who actually want a Child\Parent relationship and want the teacher to ‘Fix them and impart all their wisdom in a 60 minute class!!’.

Thanks

Mick

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transactional_analysis
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Bernie



Joined: 23 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Mick. I am glad that you are planning to come and spend a week with us, because we spend a fair bit of time on these exact points (although we won't use the terms from TA. I have studied TA, and agree with the basic philosophy but I don't put it terms of Adult/Child.) There is definitely still a lot of Guru/Shishya (teacher/student) in the yoga world today, but I think it is slowly changing.

I see my role as "teaching the student how to fly her own airplane" rather than trying to fly it for her. I refuse to take on the parent or doctor role. A therapist has to be more directive, but I am not a therapist and don't want to be fulfill that role for students. I am an instructor and the best thing I can do is teach the student to be her own teacher.

Cheers!
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Mickcope



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent look forward to meeting everyone

Mick
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