Inspired by Vanda Scaravelli
For many years we have been working with solution-focused brief therapy in conversations with clients, in training and in supervision of people who work with people.
We have found that practicing yoga is benificial to our therapeutic skills. The practice we develop in the yoga is about letting go, once we let go there is a chance for change. We learn how to follow our breath, no grabbing or forcing, just following. We learn how to trust our body’s knowledge of what works for it. We learn that moving slowly in connection with our breath creates room for change, and that a change will occur on due time.
Both in our work with clients, in training and in supervision, we have found the yoga we practice to be inspiring and helpful in developing our listening skills, our following skills and tuning into what seems to be useful for our clients. This enhances our capacity to let go of our professional expertise of knowing what is best for our clients, to trust our clients’ knowledge of what works for them in their life. Once we let go of our own importance there is a possibilty that a dialogue for change will take place.
Yoga, meditation and the mindfulness inherent in the practice, have been a way to continue developing our skills and broaden the usefulness of what we do as therapists, coaches and trainers.
The way of yoga needs to be practiced, just as Solution focused conversation needs to be practiced.
Therefore, twice or three times a year we meet with our yoga teacher
for a weekend or a longer yoga retreat.
”Do you know what it is to listen?
You listen, not in order to learn....
It means that you neither accept nor reject...
When you listen so completely you will find that you have nothing more to do.”
Yoga and meditation