For many, the past few lockdowns have allowed us to slow down and reconnect with ourselves. This could be through long lost hobbies, spending time with our loved ones in new ways or checking in with our mental health more often. It’s different for everybody but for the most part, this has been a time for reflection, unlearning and relearning about the world around us and the world within us.
When it comes to practising wellness and self-care, there are many things that we can do. Sometimes it’s hard to get started on the journey but spaces like KaiFlow exist to help. KaiFlow is an organisation that encourages alignment through prompts and workshops to achieve set goals. The premise of KaiFlow is to dig deeper into one’s essence to feel whole and accomplish self ambitions. It is a transformative programme that supports individuals as well as social and corporate teams to explore the relationship to their identity and creative flow state.
The heart of KaiFlow is reconnection as it’s easy to get lost in the lifestyles we lead today with all its nuances and pressures. Still, it is always possible to “remember who we are, look at our stories and interrupt the limitations or boundaries put on us or self-imposed”, to develop a greater future for ourselves. Accepting our authenticity is often the quietest revolution; however, when our internal becomes a harmonious vessel, we can actualise change within our external environments.
“To really get back to yourself, it’s not about getting better, moving up or expanding. It’s actually about undoing and unlearning the bias that’s been projected onto us or the limitation that we hold internally or externally” – Bodhi
Bodhi Eira Jones, the founder of KaiFlow, oversees the coaching, design and running of the various experiences. Standing in the principle of breaking the (gender) binary and creating profound partnerships for global flow, Bodhi also epitomises pushing boundaries outside of the ordinary, confronting the patriarchy and advocating for marginalised communities.
Bodhi founded KaiFlow after intense training with Shaolin monks who used physical restraints to disconnect the mind and body from confinements built over time. After that experience, Bodhi and their team developed alternative non-invasive ways to deliver the same message to a wider perspective by crafting KaiFlow workshops, wellness card games as well as membership spaces that celebrate expression in identity. Although this has been running for over fifteen years, the workshops are always changing to suit the individual and changing times. Making sure to always provide a safe space where profound conversations cause transformative shifts to create positive change mainly through coaching in each of the workshops consisting of personal, social and global flow.
Personal flow is described by returning to optimal performance through the flow state, focusing on the creative process and goal. Social flow comes through interacting with teams and others around us. There is no social flow without equity. This flow is achieved by committing to being against homophobia, racism, gender biases, and other disparities to work well with communities and teams. Lastly, global flow is based on connecting across cultural spaces to enforce impact. Leaders immerse in different intersections they might not otherwise be exposed to. For example, a case study of the KaiFlow process features a surfer in Costa Rica who, as a champion in their field, started implementing projects to rejuvenate parks, create affordable housing, biodegradable surfboards and clean water for residents. This goes to show that absolutely anybody can make a change in any field or global setting. Even big corporates such as the gas giants at Shell have taken heed to the Kaiflow programmes to transform their global communities.
There are many ways to get involved with KaiFlow. Currently, the main program happens over six to nine weeks, including easy everyday exercises, activities and prep work, setting the tone of experience. There is a lot more detail on: https://www.kaiflow.com/
Overall, KaiFlow bases its coaching on wellness, creativity and mindfulness. By learning how to interact across intersections, KaiFlow teaches how to channel as an individual or team to visualise a goal and take steps to achieve it.