Embodiment Frees Us

Anne Egseth, NVW graduate and trained actor, joins Adam in this engaging conversation to speak to what can open for us and our clients when we begin to be present in our bodies. They also discuss myths around embodiment and common ways of accessing greater somatic intelligence.

Here are some of the topics covered in the Stepping In podcast episode How Embodiment Frees Us:

  • Understanding the body’s role in somatic work, acknowledging its importance in coaching and leadership development.
  • How does the body manifest in coaching sessions, what is its significance in personal development, and what are the challenges of integrating body awareness in educational settings?
  • Techniques for guiding someone’s attention to their body, recognizing tension, breath, and posture.
  • Understanding how our body shape reflects our narratives, history, and strategies developed for connection or safety.
  • The benefits of somatic work include feeling more connected to oneself, others, and life in general.


About Anne Egseth
Anne has studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has spent her life teaching drama, dance, and devising plays in the UK and her native Norway. Anne teaches somatic development in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and recently debuted a novel, “This Is All He Asks of You”.

Anne is an Integral Coach and facilitator of embodied learning and, since 2014, has been leading the somatic competence training days for New Ventures West’s Professional Coaching Course. She also teaches The Discipline of Authentic Movement in person and online, combining coaching with somatic/movement work.

About Adam Klein
Adam is dedicated to creating a more just, sustainable, creative, and loving world. Before joining New Ventures West, he helped create a first-in-class business solution to combat global slavery and relaunch a San Francisco Bay Area center for integral spiritual formation.

Adam has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Santa Clara University. Some time ago he entered the world of Ironman triathlons and ultra-running as a means to further understand the importance of the body and the deep, integral nature of being human.

Adam focuses on integrating NVW’s purpose and bringing it to fruition. He oversees strategy, tech, and the flow of various internal work streams, as well as supporting graduates and ensuring ICF compliance.

He regularly leads the Professional Coaching Course, hosts our orientation events in San Francisco, is the creator and host of the NVW podcast Stepping In, and has his own business coaching leaders and individuals.

About the Stepping In
Stepping In is a podcast of bold inquiry into life’s biggest challenges with one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished coaching schools, New Ventures West.

In a spirit of curiosity, compassion, and honesty, we delve into how Integral Coaching can address some of the most pressing issues we face as individuals, communities, and stewards of our planet.

In the Stepping In Podcast, we explore what it takes to develop the sensitivity and capacity required to live and thrive in an increasingly complex world.

About New Ventures West
From its humble beginnings to one of the top accredited coaching schools in the world, New Ventures West pioneered one of the deepest, most transformative forms of human development available for coaches, leaders, and anyone looking to bring people alive in possibility.

Further Exploration
New Ventures West: https://www.newventureswest.com/
Getting Started with Integral Coaching: https://www.newventureswest.com/get-s…
Free and paid Integral Coaching events: https://www.newventureswest.com/class…

00:00 Introduction and what is somatics
00:51 The body in personal development
02:43 Guiding people to their bodies
05:29 Exploring body shapes
07:35 Benefits of movements
09:24 Experiences of somatic work
10:24 Common misconceptions
11:51 Living through not with
13:28 Bridge cognitive and somatic
14:11 Approaches to the mind
14:44 Awareness and connection
16:41 Expression through movement
18:07 Connection through movement
19:14 Embodiment coaching
20:40 Movement and behavior
21:49 Noticing habitual ways
24:46 Pattern Awareness
26:39 The role of attention
27:56 Starting somatic practices
30:16 Vitality and meaning
32:21 Somatics for life

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