10 Principles for Growth

Yogis in Service 10 Principles for Growth

The Yogis in Service Team partnered with the University at Buffalo to create the YIS 10 Principles for Growth (see Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D.’s and Wendy Guyker, Ph.D.’s Research Team; http://gse.buffalo.edu/about/directory/faculty/cook-cottone)

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response,

lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor Frankl

Growth Zone

The 10 Principles for Growth were created to help you create the space between stimulus and response. They are aligned with all published research and books on trauma-informed yoga and are being actively used in research across the globe. These principles are for use in the GROWTH ZONE and help you create a GROWTH MINDSET. In YIS, we ask you to get out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone- the place where your life can change to SERVE the best version of your self (you become a true yogi in service). You- are responsible for for bringing your self to a growth mindset and entering your growth zone.

Cite as Yogis in Service and Cook-Cottone et al., (2016). Growth Zone. www.yogisinservice.org

Cite as Yogis in Service and Cook-Cottone et al., (2016). Growth Zone. www.yogisinservice.org

Your growth zone is not in your comfort zone and is- therefore- not comfortable. We ask you to consider that despite being uncomfortable, there is a lot of room for growth that is well within your safety zone. Through practice and support, you can learn to move in and out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone- staying well within your safety zone. With the 10 Principles for Growth, you can create a life that is fuller, more flexible, adaptive, integrated, energized and stable (read Daniel Siegel’s work on integration in his book Mindsight). In your growth you will find connection- to self, others, and your community. Here they are:

Yogis in Service 10 Principles for Growth

The 10 Principles for Growth can be embodied most effectively in sequence. That is, first, worth, breath, presence, and feeling. Then, you are ready for authentic choice, grounding, ownership, and sustainability. Last, practice on self-determination and possibility. Throughout your practice you can work you way up and down this list. You can select one at a time or two that work together (e.g., the physical basics can be paired with all the rest). As you practice with the 10 Principles for Growth you will notice your connection with self, others, and your world shifting. You will have a felt sense (Part I) of self-regulation (Part II), and possibility (Part III). You will grow.

Part I: Physical Basics (Kids: Me and My Body)

  •  WORTH
    • I am worth the effort (kids- I am always worth it)
  •  BREATH
    • My breath is my most powerful tool (kids- My breath is powerful)
  • PRESENCE 
    • I work toward presence in my body (kids- I can connect with my body)
  • FEELING
    • I feel so that I can heal (kids- It’s okay to feel my feelings)

Part II: Emotion Regulation (Kids: Me and My Feelings)

  • CHOICE
    • I can find choice in the present moment (kids- Right now, I can make the best choice for me)
  •  GROUNDING
    • I can connect with my body for coping and guidance (kids- I can connect with my body to steady my feelings and make choices)
  • OWNERSHIP
    • I can create the conditions for safety and growth (kids- I can make choices to keep me safe and growing)
  • SUSTAINABILITY
    • I can create a balance between structure and change (kids- I can choose when it is best to try new things)

Part III: Your Path, My Path (Kids: Me and My Path)

  • SELF-DETERMINATION
    • I honor the individual path of recovery and growth (kids- My path is special and unique to me)
  •  POSSIBILITY
    • I work toward the possibility of growth and effectiveness in my own life (kids- I can create my own path of possibility)

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response,

lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor Frankl

Spae and 10 Princ

Honoring and Citing Our Work

Please use and please cite our work. This information is the result of 100s and 100s of hours of research and YIS teamwork. Your citation of our work will honor this effort and is the right thing to do. Thank you! and we are so excited for your growth and connection. Cite as Yogis in Service and Cook-Cottone et al., (2016). Growth Zone. www.yogisinservice.org

Much Love,

The Yogis in Service Team

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