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Yoga and Mindfulness: Practicing Compassion, Awakening Happiness Debra Alvis, Ph.D.

posted Apr 15, 2010, 12:42 AM by Annalisa Ippolito
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  
~Dalai Lama~




Level:  All
Compassion forms the cornerstone of yoga and mindfulness.   Scientific studies evidence the effectiveness of these ancient practices in cultivating compassion, supporting emotional regulation, and enhancing happiness.     
Through self-compassion, we offer ourselves warmth and understanding in the midst of distressing events and emotions.  This quality lessens the isolation that often accompanies suffering and connects us to others as we view our pain as a part of human experience.   Self-compassion allows clients to generalize the therapeutic experience into daily life, providing a non-judgmental holding environment.  As self-compassion deepens, kindness or compassionate action builds a strong foundation for relationships with others. In turn, a focus on these positive emotions rewires the brain to experience greater happiness.  Therapists can practice self-compassion to enhance well-being and their ability to maintain moment to moment presence.  
We will explore the application of compassion to psychotherapy through gentle postures, meditation, and the expressive arts. We will also engage in didactic learning, discussion, review research findings and ethical guidelines for incorporating yogic practices.   Participants will leave with specific tools for integrating these approaches to their work.   Please wear loose comfortable clothing to facilitate movement.  Consider bringing a journal for writing.

Workshop Sessions:
Day 1:  Self-Compassion Practices for Therapists and Clients
Day 2:  The Art of Compassion
Day 3:  The Joy of the Compassionate Heart

Objectives:
1.Experience yogic and mindfulness strategies for enhancing emotional regulation. 
2.Understand approaches for integrating compassion practices into psychotherapy.
3.Apply therapist self-care strategies.
4.Be familiar with evidenced mental health benefits of yogic and mindfulness practices.

Bio:
Debra Alvis, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and yoga therapist living in Athens, Georgia.  She developed and leads the Mind Body Program at the University of Georgia’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services Center.  Dr. Alvis serves on a research team investigating mindfulness.  She also conducts a private practice and offers workshops and CEU training in the United States and internationally.  In her work, she integrates western psychology, eastern approaches, and the expressive arts.  


To more info visit website: http://www.mahec.net/afow/