Awakening the heart Sat, 7th October 2017, 2:30 pm A half-day workshop exploring self-compassion through yoga and meditation Josh Gale Workshop The practice of mindfulness involves the heart as much as the head. Some contemporary mindfulness teachers say “heartfulness” might be a fuller expression. It’s not only about cultivating greater present moment awareness, it’s also about having a compassionate, kindly attitude towards ourselves and others in every moment. It’s living with an open, and kind heart. In traditional Buddhism, this is called metta-bhavana, or loving-kindness. During this half day workshop, we will explore “heartfulness”, including loving-kindness meditation practices towards oneself and others. We will begin the workshop with a yoga class focused on gentle, heart opening movements. We will then discuss themes relating to self-compassion and loving-kindness before diving into the meditation practice itself. The aim of the workshop is to inspire us to live with greater kindness towards ourselves and others. About the teacher: Josh Gale is from Auckland, New Zealand and has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2002. He was a brahmacari (monk) for three years, serving in temples and ashrams in the UK and New Zealand. In 2006, Josh completed his first yoga teacher’s training course, and 10 years later he completed another course, this time focused on a Buddhist mindfulness approach to yoga. He is currently training as a mindfulness teacher. The workshop will be held from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Language: English Please bring your own yoga mat. Registration is required, please send an email to Vanessa Wagner by Friday, October 6th. Costs: 30 Euro // 25 Euro for DAI-members (drinks and little snacks included) Please transfer the course fee no later than three days after your registration and no later than three days before the workshop begins. The bank details will be submitted to you after you have registered. If you happen to register at short notice and there are available spots, special payment regulations apply. For any further information please feel free to contact us.