Developing a compassionate relationship to your body and mind can greatly enhance emotional resiliency and well-being. Based on Iyengar yoga as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar and the Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, this workshop offers practical skills for increasing self-compassion and positive life habits. Teachers Marla Apt and Beth Sternlieb will share essential tools for learning to treat yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Through a combination of asana (postures), pranayama (breath practices), guided meditations, writing exercises, and group discussions, this workshop gives you the opportunity to practice integral practices for increased well-being:
• Learn targeted asanas that can help manage depression and anxiety
• Discover how Iyengar yoga asana and pranayama work together as “meditation in action”
• Explore how anger, fear, grief, sadness, and shame manifest in the body, mind, and emotions
• Learn a variety of skills to cultivate loving kindness, decrease stress, and counteract negative states of mind
• Gain a deep understanding of how yoga and meditation affects the body, mind, and emotions
At the end of our time together, you can return home with practices to address specific challenges in your life.
Recommended reading: Iyengar, Light on Yoga; Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself; Germer and Salzberg, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions.