Loving Kindness and Compassion: Growing Our Hearts to Include the Whole World
Yoga, Meditation and Journaling with Jacoby Ballard
Morning Session “Metta” 10:30am-1:30pm
Afternoon Session: “Karuna” 3-6pm
The practices of lovingkindness and compassion are two of the four Brahma Viharas, or “divine abidings” in Buddhism-cultivating friendliness in general to our lives’ experiences, and towards the pain in our lives. We will explore these practices through asana, meditation, discussion, and journaling. Consider this a New Year’s tuneup-to align your 2015 in a wise and open-hearted direction.
In the morning portion we will work with Metta, the practice of Lovingkindness, exploring self-love and love of others, working toward expanding our hearts to encompass the entire world. To do this, we must also examine the obstacles and hindrances. Come with a journal, ready to move and to be still, to meditate and to discuss. In the afternoon, we will explore Karuna, the practice of Compassion. We will turn toward pain and suffering in our own life and that of others, meeting it with empathy and mercy-in the body, mind, and heart. For both the morning and afternoon sessions, arrive with a journal, ready to move and to be still, to meditate and to discuss.
Take both the morning and afternoon workshop to make it a day-long retreat, or just come for one workshop!
Morning workshop only: $40; early bird price by 1/10: $35
Afternoon workshop only: $40; early bird price by 1/10: $35
Both workshops: $75; early bird price by 1/10: $65
Jacoby Ballard, E-RYT 500 and Carbondale native, has been teaching yoga for 15 years in various settings, from retreat centers to conferences, to studios, to non-profit offices. He was trained at Kashi Atlanta Ashram and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, is faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and on the Advisory Board of the Yoga Service Council. In 2008 he founded Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, and now trains yoga teachers in diversity and inclusion. His vinyasa-style classes are creative, playful and self-reflective, inviting us to consider the yogic practice of our lives.