Loving-friendliness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity – the four “boundless qualities” of the Yoga tradition – are the very foundation of mental health. Neuroscientists and research psychologists now confirm what so many of the world’s spiritual traditions have encouraged us to believe: that practicing compassion and inner peace are central to our wellbeing, personally and globally. Recent collaboration between spiritual thinkers, research psychologists, and neuroscientists are giving us a sophisticated understanding of how specific practices strengthen our ability to love ourselves, to give compassionate audience to our suffering, and to access the peace and joy available to us in each moment. Studies show that these tools have the power to fundamentally improve our brain chemistry and the resiliency of our nervous system. Cultivating the four “boundless qualities” is associated with significant reduction in symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and post-traumatic stress syndrome. In this 7-week series, you will learn to create an internal sanctuary that is safe, nurturing, resilient and grounded in personal insight. Practices used in this series are gentle, trauma-sensitive, and accessible to all bodies. To accommodate participant’s schedules, each session both reviews and builds upon previous content, so that up to 3 sessions can be missed while still absorbing the full content of the series. Lecture notes and instructions for practice are emailed each week.
Sundays at Weaverville Yoga, 6pm – 8pm
March 11th – April 29th (March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29)
Early Bird Registration (by February 25th) $120
Standard Registration (by March 10th) $135