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As physicians, we strive to be wonderful healers but we are especially vulnerable to anxiety, stress overload, unhealthy self-criticism, self-judgments, and compassion fatigue because of our competitive training and emotionally exhausting work environments.
Having compassion for others starts with self care and having compassion for ourselves.
In Dr. Kristin Neff’s research, self-compassion includes self-kindness, a sense of common humanity (we are not alone in our imperfections), and mindfulness. Both mindfulness and self-compassion involve an attitude of curiosity and non-judgment toward our unique experiences.
Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more rewarding relationships. Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion training.
This free workshop will introduce you to the basics of Mindful Self-Compassion, and will help you to understand the power of self care and self compassion for you. Not only in your work as a woman physician, but in all areas of your life.
Denis Udall is a Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. Denis was taught by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff and Steve Hickman, and received his Mindful Self Compassion teaching certificate from the University of California-San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He has practiced mindfulness and compassion-based meditation since 2000, and has taught Mindful Self-Compassion at Harmony Yoga Studio. Denis has worked in education philanthropy for over 20 years.
Barbara Kaplan has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1989. She is the director of Harmony Yoga Studio, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and a certified Yoga Therapist.
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