Yin yoga is a style of yoga that focuses on nourishing our connective tissue (fascia, joints, bones) and promoting the subtle flow of energy in the body. It consists primarily of seated and lying poses that are held for extended periods of time, and uses props where applicable. It is appropriate for all levels of experience and most body types and abilities. Benefits include releasing stress and tension from the body, quieting the mind, becoming mindfully aware of our emotions, and nourishing our energetic meridian system.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep” is a powerful guided meditation technique that focuses on the subconscious mind. The experience is deeply relaxing, stress-reducing, and over time can be quite transformational.
Mindfulness is a practice that teaches us the power to pause and choose our response instead of unskillfully reacting to every thought, emotion, or stimulus that we are presented with. This includes both a formal practice of meditation to train the brain, as well as an informal practice that can be integrated into our every day interactions.
While our astrological sun sign speaks to our over-arching personality, our moon sign informs a more inward and personal side of ourselves. Our moon sign is calculated using our precise time and place of birth, and can influence us on a subconscious level displayed through our emotions and our deepest needs. Our moon sign is a major reason that our sun sign often neglects to fully explain who we are. Understanding our moon sign can help to illuminate this more private side of ourselves.
The Myers Briggs system is based on the theory of psychological type described by the father of Analytical Psychology, Carl Jung. Jung was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who spent much time in the early 1900s observing and studying the patterns of people’s behavior, as well as the motivations behind those behaviors. He created the idea of personality “types” based on the patterns of the unconscious processes he was able to extrapolate from his observations of behavior, concluding that there are a limited number of mental processes that people use. The processes that we each favor and the combination of how we use them is what makes up our unique personality type.
The system as we know it today was not complete until the 1940s when the mother-daughter duo Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers studied and augmented the system by adding on a final piece that looked at judging versus perceiving preferences. This addition was interestingly born out of WWII and the surge of women in the workforce; Myers and Briggs used the system as a way of assigning women to jobs previously held by men based on their talent and aptitude by splitting them into these various personality types. Since then, the system as we know it has held up to 70+ years of scrutiny, observation, and study and is still widely used.
One of our early sessions together will consist of an “interview” process where we will go through a number of unique questions in order to determine your best-fit personality type. We are essentially just having a conversation, but this is a very in-depth process that will usually take about 45-90 minutes depending on the person. But don’t be scared off by that icky word “interview;” it’s actually a very fun process where we both get to learn a lot about you! There is no preparation or studying necessary, you just show up as yourself!
Once we’ve determined your type, then the real fun begins! You can think of your personality type as a map to your mind. When you nail down the right type, so many things about you and your life will start to make sense. This will serve as the basis for a lot of our coaching going forward – it will help to inform the ways you can spur your personal growth, it will clarify the ways you can re-energize yourself by finding your true flow state, it will help you to gain a better understanding of those areas that consistently seem to trip you up, and one of my favorites, it will provide an understanding of what happens when you’re stressed or on the defense – which is such a useful piece of knowledge for beginning to understand and improve your interpersonal relationships. Check out this article from my blog to learn even more about using personality typing in coaching.
This is a great question, especially in today’s day and age when personality quizzes are extremely abundant! Personality quizzes (whether online, in a book, magazine, etc) require that we objectively assess ourselves. The problem with being human is that we are extremely subjective and not at all good at objectively assessing ourselves! So the problem with these quizzes is that we often get it wrong, confusing ourselves about the real motivations behind our behaviors. So many people take these quizzes and get typed wrong resulting in one of two things – assuming that personality typing is a bunk tool and dismissing its real value OR walking around trying to become the type they’ve labeled themselves all the while making themselves miserable. That’s where the in-person interview comes into handy – together we can suss out all the seeming contradictions and paradoxes to determine the real motivations behind the behaviors.
I do not subscribe to any particular dietary plan and you will not have to subscribe to any particular way of eating either unless that is something that you choose to do. After so many years of following restrictive dietary plans, I am personally now in the camp of loving all kinds of foods, focusing especially on the concept of S.O.U.L. food when available (seasonal, organic, unadulterated, and local) and love introducing my clients to this concept! Check out Meet Angela to learn more about my views on “feeding ourselves.”
Certain events or tea circles might be geared at women only, but most of the events will be open to anyone! It will be clearly labeled if it’s only for women, so no need to worry. My coaching services are available to anyone that arrives with an open and curious mind to learn more about themselves and explore new avenues for growth and/or healing.
I love the idea of coaching services being used as a proactive way to bring your best self forward into your relationship. What often happens in an intimate relationship is that we bring our best self forward at the beginning, then we allow years and years of hurt (and stress!) to put us on the defense, and suddenly we’re bringing a less evolved version of ourselves to the table and we wonder what went wrong. This is super common and normal and an amazing thing to gain awareness around and begin to untangle. If you AND your significant other are both interested in this process, we would create a plan that involves some individual work as well as some work together.
If YOU are interested in improving your relationship, but your significant other is currently not interested in a coaching process, don’t despair. Oftentimes it just takes one person doing the work to begin to shift the relationship dynamic. Many times, the significant other will see the positive change and naturally become interested in the process in their own time.
Yes! Though the teenage and college years can be a fun time, they can also be an incredibly stressful time. This is an amazing time to begin to learn habits of self-care. I personally was in high school when my mom first brought me to a yoga class and it was so helpful in making me feel less stressed and more peaceful. It became a habit of self-care that has stuck with me ever since! This is also a perfect time to begin to learn more about who we really are at our core. That process of finding ourselves will continue to naturally evolve with time and experience, but can often be a less painful process with a foundational understanding of our unique wiring, values and passions.
Sometimes at the end of a coaching program it can be scary to cut the cord and lose that constant accountability; or sometimes the coaching itself brings up a brand new goal that you want to spend more time working towards. Whatever the reason, you will have the option to add on sessions after the end of your formal program whether you choose to re-enroll in a new program or do some ala carte/single sessions.
Our first few sessions will be longer, so we will work together to book out time in your schedule where it fits. After the first few sessions we will get into more of a regular flow of sessions that last about 75min.
For individuals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you’ll have the option to do our sessions in person or via Zoom (similar to Skype). For anyone outside the local Minneapolis/ St. Paul area, sessions will occur via Zoom.
Coming out to a class, workshop or tea circle can be a great way to connect with like-minded people on a similar journey. Additionally, coaching clients will eventually have access to exclusive tea circle events as a way to share and grow with kindred souls.