Connecting to Compassion ~ 6 Week Online Workshop with Kirsten Wilkinson
March 10 - April 14
7pm - 8pm Lisbon Time
Lifetime Recordings Access
$60 USD for all 6 Weeks
Do you have a loud inner critic? Do you sometimes struggle with offering patience to people in your life? Are you looking for a way to connect to humanity during these challenging times of isolation and lockdowns? Do you need a space to connect to yourself in a compassionate way?
If the answer to any of these question was “yes”, then it is time to connect to compassion though your new or existing yoga practice.
Right now we have so many reasons to feel anxious, lonely, overwhelmed, angry, stressed, gloomy, and ultimately out of touch with ourselves and our communities. However, through this exploration of practices that promote compassion, we will find ways to tap back into our wholeness and wellbeing.
In this 6 week course you will learn techniques for creating self mantras and affirmations, practice yogic based movements and shapes that work towards self awareness and curiosity, as well as experience breathing and mindfulness imagery exercises to stimulate the mind/body connection.
What are compassionate practices?
curiosity of ones self and our surroundings
present moment body sensing and awareness
self holding and touch
expansion and contraction stretches in the body
non attachment of outcome
“Sometimes the hardest part of the journey in believing you are worth the trip.” Maya Angelou
The approach of this class is based on both scientific methodology and felt sense experiences. Kirsten focuses on the micro level by starting this course focusing on cultivating self compassion, and then expanding outward, exploring ways of embracing community compassion, and eventually expanding into compassion towards our globe and humanity as a whole.
Classes will include journaling prompts, mindfulness practice, breathing exercises, gentle flow and restorative stretches, affirmation and mantra work, invitational language, as well as extra resources, videos, articles, and practices you can explore on your own all in the scope of compassion.
This class is for you, if…
you want to lower feelings of stress and anxiety in your body
you are eager to find easy to nurture your innate resilience
your mind and body crave more ease
motivation for the things that drive you has waned
happiness boosts feel good
self image and self worth are you inner critics favorite punching bags
you feel lonely
you hope to improve your immune response
you have moderately high or high blood pressure
you are committed to building and maintaining healthy relationships
you want to explore boundaries
you are called to increase or sustain your capacity for empathy and kindness
Week by Week:
Week 1 & 2 - Self Compassion and Stimulating the Vagus Nerve ( our nerve of empathy)
Week 3 & 4 - Community Compassion and Expanding our Heart (our organ of fire and compassion)
Week 5 & 6 - Global Compassion, our centering our Basket of Humanity, and Tonglen.
Included in this course:
1h live online class per week, PLUS recordings, so you can also do them either again or on replay, with life long access
Access to the Healing Motion Community and special discounts on other online community classes and private sessions with Kirsten.
Automatic enrollment in Healing Motion’s Free Online Community Yoga Offering with lifelong access to the recordings, Dawning Light, on March 19th.
One free month of Healing Motion’s monthly subscription service, Embodied Strength, launching in March 2021, which will feature practices that assist in reducing chronic pain and stress.
Personal support by email throughout the course
Discussion board to connect with community and participants during this course
Additional resources, videos, articles, and practices all relating to compassion
practices for self exploration, self restoration, and discovering your currently present wholeness.
Last updated Feb. 28, 2021, 8:45 p.m. UTC
In this journey together we will discover your innate wisdom, restore your embodied strength, and transcend to holistic wellbeing.
Kirsten (Kaye) Wilkinson, MA, TCTSY-F, E-RYT, RCYT, Mind/Body Practitioner
Welcome, my name is Kirsten Wilkinson, but some people call me Kaye. I have a few letters behind my name that represent the professional certifications that I have earned. I hold a Masters Degree in Dance and Research from American University in Washington, DC and a BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am a TCTSY-Facilitator, which is a 300 hour professional certification. I have completed various trainings in yoga for specific communities including certifications through YogaEd, The Prison Yoga Project, Off the Mat - into the World, Yoga for Humankind, and Veterans Yoga Project. I have thousands of hours teaching Hot Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Nida, and yoga for children and teens. I am a Mind/Body Practitioner, which is a 300hr professional certification that blends psychology and somatic therapy modalities. I am constantly learning and am currently working towards my certifications in Yin Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, iRest, and Qi-Gong. I am also a current student in the 3-year Somatic Experiencing Practitioner professional certification program as well as working towards my Dance and Movement Therapy Licensure. I will be beginning my PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Therapy in 2021 at Meridian University.
I am also the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy Motion. I love to travel and have lived, worked and visited more than 60 countries. My background with movement based practices began as a Professional Ballerina. My dance career spanned over 10 years during which I performed with such companies as The San Francisco Ballet, David Dorfman and Heidelberg Ballet. I have held positions at The Library of Congress, Dance Heritage Coalition, and various adjunct professorships at American University Cairo, University of Oregon, University of Hawaii and many more. After much physical trauma sustained in a car accident, I found sanctuary in my yoga practice and teaching. I still teach dance occasionally and specialize in Vaganova Technique. My other movement training comes from a broad background including Alexander Technique and LabanNotation.
I facilitate movement based modalities with trauma impacted youth, displaced populations (refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants), survivors of torture and terror, veterans and active duty military and their families, first responders and their families, humanitarian aid professionals and volunteers, survivors of violence and oppression, individuals who have a history with substance abuse and body dysphoria, and anyone who is seeking a way of discovering their true potential, restoring their feelings of relative safety and transcending anything that is not currently serving you. My work is through a trauma informed lens and I feel much gratitude to be able to hold space for you in our journey together.