Are you getting the best out of your yoga classes? Struggling to concentrate or frustrated with your progress? Life coach and NLP practitioner Ann Brosnan explains the basics of NLP and tells how it can enhance your yoga practise.
The communication field of NLP – or Neuro Linguistic Programming – is based on the premise that if we change how we think we can transform what we think.
In a nutshell, NLP takes the human brain and looks at it in terms of a computer system. All of us are constantly running programmes in our heads – programmes that determine our views, attitudes and behaviour. However, these are not always positive and can be out of date.
NLP enables us to re-programme our minds and overcome the thought patterns and behaviour holding us back. It can also help us to understand the behaviour patterns and views of others by literally standing in their shoes and getting a different perspective.
It can also eradicate phobias by re-programming the way we think about an incident while enabling us to improve our relationships and lead happier, more contented lives.
While you may not have heard of NLP as such you may have seen the techniques being used by people in the media. Probably the most well-known NLP practitioner, due to his high profile, is Paul McKenna who has used it in his books and CD’s to assist with weight loss, relationships and improve confidence.
Changing your thinking
One of the most important principles behind NLP is that a person wants to change either their thinking or behaviour.
Usually we would rather everyone else around us changed to fit in with our map of the world. But in reality the only person we can change is us, and, when we do actually change, the people around us have to react differently.
NLP can help us focus on the now.
It can improve our concentration and our ability to be truly present (a very useful tool for yoga) while helping us to have a clear idea of where we are going.
Here are some of the fundamental beliefs and tools:
- Positive Thinking: transforming negative experiences into positive ones.
- Exercise and suitable diet, which can identify the cause of bad habits and enable you to practise new strategies and behaviours to overcome these barrier and create a whole new set of positive habits.
- Correct relaxation and proper breathing can be attained more easily for beginners by focusing on their particular “type” (namely Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic). This will form the basis of the next article.
Ann's second article on NLP will appear shortly.