As yogis we are guided by the first two yamas of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: nonviolence (ahimsa) and truthfulness (satya). Nonviolent communication (NVC) is the perfect complement to Yoga that supports us to embody these great vows.
There are specific exercises and practices that we can incorporate into our daily lives to increase the likelihood that we will be able to do so. When we are able to embody nonviolence and truthfulness we can live our lives with more authenticity. We can have important conversations with more ease and honesty—the joyful ones and the challenging ones. We can listen more deeply and be more present and compassionate to ourselves and others. Our curiosity can help us consider what is going on with others—even people we disagree with or for whom we have enemy images.
In this course you will learn practical and powerful exercises drawn from Nonviolent communication and Yoga that will help you:
- Bring more clarity to your speech
- Speak your truth in a way others will be more likely to receive it
- Hear others how they most want to be heard
- Make distinctions between judgments and observations
- Learn ways we shut others down in conversation and what to do about it
- Learn to calm yourself in stressful situations so you can utilize new tools
- Be curious about your “enemies”
- Make clear requests
- Fill yourself up so you can be present to others
- Restore yourself after challenging experiences
- Experience more freedom in your body
- Build skills to have challenging and important conversations
The weekend will include discussion, exercises with partners and small groups, asana (postures) and Restorative Yoga. The whole weekend will be guided by the principle of radical self-acceptance.
Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being. — Mahatma Gandhi