I can see how the Sherpa training could potentially support my staff, but do you have any suggestions as to where it would ‘fit’ best in our training / L&D programme?
The Sherpa training packages work well in a number of areas. For example:
- As part of your company’s well-being programme/initiative
- Performance management
- As part of your Personal Skills Development training – e.g. Managing stress, Interpersonal skills, Coping with change
- As part of team Away Days
- Corporate Retreats
I would like to practice Yoga and Meditation at work, but how can you do this discreetly?
Ideally, your employer/manager would provide you with a designated private space – do approach them about this. In the absence of such a space, you could book a room for a regular slot for yourself or a group of you.
The Sherpa Yoga training covers yoga that you can do at your desk, which is more discreet and subtle.
Encourage your manager to take the Sherpa training and they are likely to be supportive of your Yoga/Meditation practice at work!
The Optimal Breathing techniques taught in Sherpa training are also part of Yoga and can be practiced discreetly virtually anywhere.
I am overweight and unfit. I am interested in meditation/mindfulness but am concerned about hurting myself through trying Yoga. How do you keep it safe for people?
Transformation Yoga is ‘Hatha Yoga’ which is gentle relative to other forms of yoga. The risk of injury is therefore reduced because of this. Contrary to popular belief, the main aim of Transformation Yoga is not about being able to get into the full posture. Rather, it is about maintaining good posture, poise and spinal alignment (this will be explained) through doing what you can comfortably – stretching but not straining. It is also about doing this with focused awareness of the body and breathing – a protective factor in itself.
The safety of Transformation Yoga is also maintained through:
- Keeping class numbers relatively low – so that adequate support is available to each individual to keep their practice safe.
- Each student completes a registration form prior to attending any classes. This informs the teacher of any health conditions and any relevant medical advice for these (e.g. certain movements to avoid). The class can then be tailored to suit if need be. (The form is kept confidential.)
- In any case, alongside every main asana (posture/position), easier variations and alternatives are taught in order to maximise participant choice and control over how much or how little they do.
- Keeping everything optional. If you don’t feel to do something, you are free to rest.
I am an agnostic / atheist / Christian / Muslim / other belief. I am concerned that the Sherpa training will be Hindu or Buddhist and may be at odds with my beliefs. Is this the case?
The Sherpa training is Yogic in nature. Yoga (including yogic meditation and breathing practices) actually predates Hinduism and Buddhism and later became allied with them as they developed in the same parts of the world.
However, these days Yoga and Meditation can be taught free from religious and cultural trappings in a practical, accessible and down to earth way and this is the case with the Sherpa training. While the origin of what you learn is acknowledged (out of respect), you don’t have to take on new beliefs in order to feel the benefits. But what can help, particularly with Pure Meditation Foundation, is if you believe in the power of your own mind to bring you the benefits.
With regular practice, the Sherpa techniques can make you happier, healthier and more productive – whatever your beliefs.
I see that you offer Refresher training. Will this be enough to support me in successfully establishing these practices in my hectic schedule?
It really depends on you. In our training, we allocate a significant amount of time to really pinning down, in a practical way, when and where participants are going to practice so that they stand the best possible chance of successfully establishing the practices in their daily lives.
Once a company recognises the value of what we bring, we strongly recommend refresher training one-two months after initial training and then again three months after that. Outside of those recommendations, refresher and further training is negotiable according to your needs and goals.
I am concerned about being too relaxed after Yoga / Meditation practice to work. I usually feel a bit spaced out after Yoga / Meditation and find it difficult to focus. You say the Sherpa practices improve focus – how does that work?
The Sherpa practices do indeed improve focus.
We know that whilst Yoga and Meditation practice demands focus and concentration and develop it that way, they can potentially leave people feeling’ spaced out’ or ‘ungrounded’ afterwards and, ironically, it can indeed be initially difficult to focus – depending on how pronounced this state is.
Therefore, early on in all of our training, we teach yogic techniques (that only take a few seconds to do) that ensure people know how to ground themselves well. After having practiced and then grounded themselves, they are then in a relaxed, yet focused, alert state which – if then put to work – can be highly productive.
It is our view that the vast majority of Yoga and Meditation teachers do not know how to ensure their students are well grounded and focused before they leave classes/courses and we welcome any opportunity to bring yogic knowledge of how to do this effectively to yoga/meditation practitioners.
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What the Press Say
Business Reporter article:
‘Boost your productivity and profits with mindfulness & meditation’
12th June 2014