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Self-Compassion As Spiritual Practice: Using Yoga and Ayurveda to Cultivate Kindness

Year Long Meditation

Compassion is the ability to have empathy for another person’s struggle and pain. It arises out of a deep understanding of life and an acceptance of human foibles; and paradoxically, it invites the person to move through their pain. Compassion is part of the healing process.

Applying this concept to ourselves is quite challenging! Many of us are self-critical even while trying our best to be loving and kind to others. And yet, self-compassion is the foundation of true empathy for others. Our capacity to see a larger picture helps us move away from reactivity and self-judgment, and respond from a place of kindness and understanding.

In this livestream presentation, Dr. Carrie Demers and Judy Moulton will discuss what yoga philosophy has to say about cultivating compassion and kindness for ourselves. They will also explore key ayurvedic practices that can fit into our daily routine, providing a nourishing foundation for a deeper understanding of personal compassion and kindness.

Tune in to learn both the philosophy and the practice of understanding and embracing the person closest to us—ourselves.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 58 mins

Source: Livestream recorded live at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA on March 22, 2020.

About the Presenters

Carrie Demers, MD

Board-certified in both internal medicine and integrative medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, and ayurveda. She has been the medical director of the Himalayan Institute PureRejuv Wellness Center (formerly Total Health Center) for the last 20 years. Widely recognized for her expertise, Dr. Demers has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers, and lectures nationally on holistic health and ayurveda. She is a frequent contributor to yogainternational.com and the Himalayan Institute online Wisdom Library.

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Judy Moulton

Judy Moulton is a Himalayan Institute certified and Yoga Alliance recognized E-RYT 500, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor registered with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and a contributor to YogaInternational.com. Judy is also the director of the Himalayan Institute's teacher certification programs and a key facilitator within those programs. Having experienced the immense transformative power of yoga directly, she relies on her own personal practice of yoga and ayurveda to support her daily life and is dedicated to helping others to do the same. Judy's style of teaching combines breath-connected movement, classical asanas, breath training, and systematic relaxation to access a state of deep inner awareness as preparation for meditative practice.

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