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mudra (energy gestures), pranayama (breath), mantra (sound), and dhyana (meditation).

Anyone can practice these methods. The empha- sis is on naturalness, spontaneity, and being at home in the universe. You meet yourself wher- ever you are, whether you are restless, lonely, loving, tired, excited, nostalgic, or quiet. This workshop is an opportunity to dive into the Sutras that are calling you and receive coaching from Lorin and Camille to make them your own, so that you can embody, move, and breathe this luscious reality. All levels of experience are welcome.

Required reading: Roche, The Radiance Sutras. Available at

Recommended reading: Roche, Meditation Made Easy; Maurine and Roche, Meditation Secrets for Women.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. Leader bios on page 40.

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation

Mark Abramson & Philippe Goldin

Given the ever-increasing interconnectedness of individuals all over the world, there is a growing interest in integrating the practice of mindful- ness and compassion at all levels of society, including health care, education, and work and family settings. Fortunately, there is a long tradi- tion of such contemplative practices. One of the challenges of our time is to learn how to infuse mindfulness and compassion practices into our lives in a skillful manner. There has been a related explosion of interest in the domains of clinical science and neuroscience in investigating the effects of different contemplative practices in reducing symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as enhancing wellbeing and social interconnectedness. The goals of this workshop are to introduce participants to a variety of mind- fulness and compassion meditation practices that address intra-personal and inter-personal func- tioning, and to provide a summary of findings from clinical and neuroscientific studies that help us understand the effects of the practices and also why, how, and for whom they work.

Recommended reading: Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living.

CE credit for nurses; see page 113. CE credit available for psychologists (pending); see page 113. CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Mark Abramson is part of the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine and heads Stanford’s


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. He teaches at Stanford’s School of Medicine and is on staff at Stanford Hospital.

Philippe Goldin, PhD, spent 6 years in India and Nepal studying various languages, Buddhist philoso- phy, and debate at Namgyal Monastery and the Dialectic Monastic Institute. He is currently a research scientist and directs the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience group in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. http://caan.stan-

Kripalu Yoga Immersion: Move Towards Love

Jovinna Chan

The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

—Swami Kripalu

The word “kripalu” means compassion. Kripalu yoga is a practice of deep self-inquiry. It teaches a way of living that encompasses all expressions of life and cultivates courage and discernment to embrace truth and enter into a loving and authentic relationship with oneself.

The inquiry-based Kripalu yoga methodology awakens curiosity about life and instills a letting go of what is right and wrong. With consistent practice, one can increase the ability to “tolerate the consequences of being oneself.” The practi- tioners become more skillful in dealing with life challenges.

During the retreat, participants will explore Kripalu’s Three Stages of Transformation, the doorway to enter into a practice of loving and accepting oneself. The first stage focuses on alignment principles, building postures from the ground up while cultivating the union of body and breath. Drawing attention inward to focus on sensations while sustaining a pose is the second stage, strengthening witness con- sciousness in the multi-dimensional self. In the third stage, surrender to the wisdom of prana and find your unique expression of yoga and movement through meditation in motion—the hallmark of Kripalu yoga.

Experience a weekend of unfolding into your true self in a sacred and safe environment. Yogis of all levels and traditions are welcome.

Jovinna Chan, ERYT-500, is the assistant dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, where she also serves as a faculty member for yoga teacher training programs. She is a transformational leader and teacher of the Kripalu Yoga lineage, Kripalu Yoga Dance, and Soul

Traer Calma y Equilibrio a Nuestras Vidas: Confiando en Nuestras Sensaciones Como Aliados

Lee Lesser

Esalen is proud to offer this Spanish-language work- shop, Bringing Ease and Balance into Our Lives: Relying on Our Sensations as Allies. This workshop is for women only.

Nuestras sensaciones físicas son un aliado y recurso que muy seguido ignoramos. Lo que sucede en nuestros cuerpos son reflejos de lo que pasa en todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas. Cuando comenzamos a tranquilizarnos, podemos sentir dónde es que nosotros mismos nos tensamos y restringimos. Esta tensión es creada frecuentemente a través de nuestros pen- samientos, hábitos y actitudes y a través de nues- tras preocupaciones, miedos y estado de man- tenernos ocupados.

Al poner atención al simple y concreto mundo de las sensaciones podemos comenzar a liberar algunos aspectos que forzamos en nuestras vidas. Podemos comenzar a encontrar más calma.

Este taller experimental crea un entorno seguro y cómodo para explorar lo que sucede en las actividades más simples: levantar un brazo, sen- tarse y ofrecer nuestro peso; dar y recibir un objeto o conectar con el aire que se mueve den- tro de nosotros. La forma en la que se nos pre- sentan las cosas en estas simples actividades es la misma forma en que se nos presentan en otros aspectos de nuestras vidas.

A medida que nos volvemos más quietos y nos conectamos con nosotros mismos, nos podemos conectar más con la gente que amamos y la gente con la que interactuamos de manera cotid- iana. A medida que vivimos con más calma, podemos ayudar a que nuestros hijos, amigos y compañeros de trabajo aprendan a vivir con más calma.

Aprender a estar conciente de nuestras sensa- ciones es como aprender un nuevo lenguaje. Requiere de práctica y de permanecer alerta. Nuestras sensaciones están siempre con nosotros y nos proveen de las herramientas para enfrentar cualquier situación con más tranquili- dad y libertad.

Please note: This workshop will be taught entirely in Spanish. Participants must be fluent in Spanish; translation will not be provided.

Leader bio on page 92.

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