Listen to me... (2)

Before the Street Yoga Teacher Training, I thought I was a good listener. In fact, before I ever tried yoga I thought I was a pretty patient person in general. But there is something about the practice of yoga (not to mention sharing that practice with others!) that highlights all the wonderful things about a person… and all the less desirable qualities. I love reading articles about the importance of these shadow qualities to our personalities as a full, well rounded individual.. but let’s stay on topic.

As an engaged listener, I learned through my teachers, Mark Lilly and Katie Arrants, that the techniques of Motivational Interviewing were completely new to me. According to Larson Sturtevant Consulting, “Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.  Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed.  The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.”

Through partner exercises and sharing stories, I learned that I could be a much better listener. That my friendly advice, was in fact, not so helpful! Now, this is not to over-criticize myself or anyone else out there, but I am so grateful to have learned so much about how I can truly help initiate Change, Growth, and true Autonomy.

Join Street Yoga & Dana Sturtevant of Be Nourished for a very phentermine online pharmacy special Free Workshop!

Where: Street Yoga Headquarters
833 SE Main St. #311
Portland, OR 97213

When: Wednesday, Sept 21: 6pm – 8pm

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Here is a little more information from Dana Sturtevant, who will be leading our Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Workshop in Portland!

What Motivates Change?  Translating Theory into Practice

1.  Ambivalence is a normal and natural part of the change process.
Provide a safe, supportive, empowering environment the client to explore ambivalence.

2.  When you are told what to do, there is a strong chance you will want to do the opposite.
People like to feel in control.  Support the client’s autonomy.

3.  Your beliefs are more influenced by what you hear yourself say than by what others say to you.
Encourage clients to say the kinds of things we usually tell them.

4.  Before you can decide to change, you need to believe that change is possible.
Voice confidence in the client’s ability to change, adhere, comply.

5.  People who express reasons for change are more likely to change; those that argue against it (resistance) are less likely to change.
Listen to clients.  See resistance as a signal to change course.

6.  The interaction between provider and client powerfully influences client resistance, compliance, and change.
Never underestimate the power of relationship.

7.  Brief interventions have the potential to produce similar outcomes to longer, more intensive interventions.

Spending even a few minutes with a client can lead to behavior change.

Many thanks to Dana Sturtevant &