In this 3 part series we will be focusing on Self Care. As we start a new year, this is a good time to develop self care habits. We can not give what we don’t have. Come fill yourself so you can fill others.
Session 3: Self-Compassion
Developing compassion for oneself is often a practice that takes intention and commitment since often experiences from our past and cultural conditioning can impact one’s relationship to oneself. Many often find it easier to practice compassion toward others, though more difficult to practice compassion for one’s self. Relating to oneself in a kind way, can have a multitude of benefits such as: decreasing general stress and improving symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma. One way to start developing self-compassion is through the action of making kind decisions for oneself; this can be practiced right in your class when clients make choices to support themselves with props and variations. Another self-compassion practice is the use of affirmations. Repeating positive statements about oneself in the present moment over time can lead to internalizing these truths and softening inner criticism and judgement. The following yomassage class provides clients an opportunity to practice self-compassion through several techniques within the safety of your guidance and presence.
Practicing self-care involves making choices for ourselves that are kind. This, in and of itself, is a practice of self-compassion. Getting into the habit of intentionally practicing self-compassion has many benefits on our ability to manage stress, anxiety, depression and just improve our overall sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Throughout our class, I invite you to make compassionate choices based on what you need moment to moment. This will look different for each of us, and that’s perfectly fine. I will also offer affirmations, which are positive statements about yourself in the present moment. Using kind and nurturing self-talk with ourselves is another way to cultivate self-compassion and often a practice.