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Yoga of Compassion: A Buddhist Approach to Meditation and Restorative

In this experiential workshop participants will enjoy a restorative yoga practice and will be guided through lovingkindness (metta) and giving and taking (tonglen) meditations to cultivate self-compassion, and facilitate a grounded, balanced extension of compassion outward to other sentient beings.

Where

708 SACKETT STREET, NY NY, US 11215

Type of Event

  • Workshop

Yoga Styles

Levels

When

Dec 18
2015
18:30 pmto20:00 pm

Price

$35

Full Description

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all beings never be parted from freedom’s true joy,
May all beings dwell in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.
-The Four Immeasurables

In the yogic tradition, ahimsa, non-harming of self and others, is the foremost ethical principle on the eight-limbed yogic path. Ahimsa infuses and informs all subsequent limbs, including physical postures, breathing practices, and meditation. In Buddhism, wisdom and compassion are envisioned as two wings of a bird. The active cultivation of compassion for the self and for others is essential for a life well-lived - - without both, the bird cannot fly.

Contemporary neuroscience offers further insight into the value of these ancient compassion practices. The healthy adult brain creates 5,000-10,000 new cells each day: our brains are continually being shaped by our thoughts, speech and actions.

In this experiential workshop participants will enjoy a restorative yoga practice and will be guided through lovingkindness (metta) and giving and taking (tonglen) meditations to cultivate self-compassion, and facilitate a grounded, balanced extension of compassion outward to other sentient beings.

Following the workshop, each student will receive a recording of a guided compassion meditation to facilitate continued home practice and integration.