Coaching and the yoga philosophy Jiva is grounded in the philosophy of yoga. One comparison is Patanjali’s concept of Shtira Sukham Asanam. In shtira you need the steadiness or technique, but the sukham is the improvisation, the creative energy. In coaching both principles of shtira and sukham come to life. There can be a necessity of grounding and a grasp of self. But can also be a time when one can benefit from more flow in their lives. A flow of energy, of love, of possibilities. This can be when one stays longer time in a comfort zone and starts to experience change as challenging. In other cases it’s about daring to be less ‘perfect’. Asanam is the expression of self, of one’s unique way of being. At Jiva we are working on a fertile ground to find your expression in a way that is very authentic and alive. “To move freely, one must be deeply rooted.” For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting. - Patanjali Yoga philosophy Yoga is a living tradition, a philosophy and a spiritual science that leads to a uniting of the body, mind, and spirit. The practice of yoga induces peace and well being on every level of our lives – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual creating a personal transformation. Students are encouraged to realize this direct and personal experience for themselves through their own practice, self-discipline and study. Over the millennia, yoga was primarily taught as an oral tradition although certain aspects of the teaching were committed to writing by the Indian sage, Patanjali. This writing presented a way for yoga to be practiced and studied and is still used today as a foundation for yoga practice. Patanjali describes yoga as an eight step process: Yamas (restraints), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures or poses), Pranayama (regulation of the breath), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (contemplation).