“There is a saying in the East: Each student is a seed that needs to be planted and nurtured into a blossom. The teacher can water and fertilize it, but if there is no sun, it will not survive, and will die.”– Nanette V. Hucknall, Higher Self Yoga, Book I
As a beginner spiritual seeker (or even an advanced yogi!) searching for ways to dive deeper
A personal coach is an important part of your spiritual development. A coach provides valuable insights that facilitate growth and a deeper relationship with your Higher Self — for beginners and experienced yogis alike. No matter where you are in your journey, coaching is critical for learning, growth, and self-awareness. Here are six powerful ways a coach can help support and transform your personal growth.
1. A coach identifies areas of improvement and provides tools to grow
Accepting our struggles and faults is vital to our spiritual growth, but it can be a tough pill to swallow. A coach helps bring your weaknesses and challenges to light in an honest, constructive way that supports you in overcoming them, rather than simply telling you what you want to hear. We all have areas that need improvement, yet when we go down this path alone, it is easy to overlook those areas instead of stopping to work on them. A coach can provide tools such as meditations, reflective exercises, and visualizations to help you hone the skills you need to overcome these challenges. Instead of avoiding your shortcomings, it’s important to seek constructive, supportive feedback so that you can use the insight to make changes that will help, not hinder, your progress.
2. A coach encourages and motivates you when you need it most
Coaches don’t simply help to facilitate growth through constructive feedback. They also support you in the most difficult
3. A coach connects you to other like-minded individuals
At Higher Self Yoga, our coaches are more than just teachers. They are established in our community and introduce you to members that share your interests and offer companionship, advice, and encouragement. Surrounding yourself with a community to turn to when you need support can do wonders in helping you maintain
4. A coach challenges you
It’s normal to feel unsure of your next step when you
5. A coach validates your experiences
When you first work with the Higher Self, it can be difficult to distinguish between communication from the Wise Mind and from the Ego. In a perfect world, the true voice of the Higher Self would be unquestionable. However, if you are just experiencing this inner knowing for the first time, it can be confusing. Your coach can help you to decipher your experience and determine its validity. Likewise, if you feel that your Higher Self has asked you to make a certain decision, but you are unsure if your assessment is correct, your coach can help shed light on the path. It can be helpful to weigh the pros and cons with a trusted coach before making
6. A coach keeps you accountable
Life is busy, and even the most devoted and enthused seekers can find themselves distracted by the busyness of day-to-day life. Work and family obligations can easily get in the way of a meditation practice, and it can be easy to put it off until tomorrow. But more often than not, tomorrow never comes. A coach will check in on your progress regularly, and steer you in the right direction if you begin to waver.
Higher Self Yoga coaches have dedicated themselves to their own personal spiritual journeys, and have experienced both the triumphs and challenges of seeking a deep and rewarding relationship with the Higher Self. Only those who have traveled this path