Cultivating Stillness Through Yoga

Considerations for a deepening of Presencing Mastery at the Bottom of the U


  • Renata Cueto de Souza Simon Fraser University Author
  • Charles Scott Simon Fraser University Author



yoga sutras, stillness of consciousness, holistic approach to Dynamic Presencing, yama-niyama, gunas


Dynamic Presencing offers a significant advancement in the work of presencing. The work as a whole opens up new territory at the bottom of the U that develops existing understandings and applications of presencing in Theory U contexts. Key to the first three journeys is the ability to embody different level-depths of presence and to learn to rest in stillness and discern emergence in a way that generates a subtle but active renewal of our seeing from Source. We suggest the Yoga Sutras, as a foundational document of the philosophy and practice of yoga, and as a holistic and systemic approach to stilling the waves of consciousness, offer supportive practices and ways of being that are complimentary to the Dynamic Presencing method of attuning to, being and seeing from Source. In this article, we illustrate how yoga practice not only aligns with but also provides an important and necessary contribution to the Dynamic Presencing mastery ideal of engaging presencing as a generative way of being. To this end, we outline two of the eight limbs or components of classical yoga—yama-niyama and gunas—as a means of demonstrating these alignments and essential contributions.

Author Biographies

  • Renata Cueto de Souza, Simon Fraser University

    RENATA CUETO DE SOUZA, I am a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Education of Simon Fraser University in Canada. I received my Bachelor of Law (2000) and M.A. (2020) in Philosophy of Education from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. At Simon Fraser University, I assist courses and programs on philosophy of education, ethical issues in education and contemplative inquiry and approaches in education. Elsewhere, I have taught peace, conflict, non-violence, and dialogue studies courses pedagogically informed by my training in yoga and contemplative wisdom and practices. My current research interests include spirituality in education, holistic education, contemplative education and mindfulness in education; philosophy and psychology of meaning, purpose and wisdom; phenomenology, existentialism, and existential analysis; and philosophy as a way of life. 

  • Charles Scott, Simon Fraser University

    CHARLES SCOTT, Ph.D., I teach and do research in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, the Albright School of Education, and the Bachelor of Arts in Management at City University in Canada. My teaching and research interests center on contemplation, contemplative inquiry, and contemplative approaches in education. I also research and work with dialogical and narrative approaches in teaching and learning. I endeavor to bring holistic and integral perspectives to my   educational efforts, working with the whole person as one who is contextually by various inner and outer ecologies. My work has been inspired and guided by the works of Martin Buber, Paulo Freire and critical pedagogy, the reconceptualist movement in curriculum, an ethic of care, and the significance of narrative in human becoming




How to Cite

Cultivating Stillness Through Yoga: Considerations for a deepening of Presencing Mastery at the Bottom of the U. (2024). International Journal of Presencing Leadership & Coaching, 1(1), 82-95.