Below are the resources I prepared for my sessions/intensives at the 2012 Toronto Yoga Conference. Enjoy!
PDFs of Slide Shows:
Strengthening the Heart with Compassion Intensive Slide Show: CompassionIntensiveSLIDES (for the full text PDFs of studies mentioned in this slideshow, see http://ccare.stanford.edu/publications/articles)
The Science of Willpower Slide Show: WillpowerIntensiveSLIDES
The Science of Meditation Slide Show: ScienceofMeditationSLIDES
Guided Meditations/Practice MP3s/Written Exercises:
Breath Focus MP3 (instructions for practice followed by 3 5-min intervals marked by meditation bowl ringing, for up to 15-min practice)
Listening to Your Body MP3 (5-min meditation/reflection)
Befriending Your Body Body Scan & Gratitude Practice MP3 (20-min meditation/reflection)
Self Compassion Letter Writing Exercise (word doc)
Values Affirmation Writing Exercise (word doc)
“Loving-Kindness and Compassion Meditation: Potential for Psychological Interventions” (scientific review article 2011)
“This Is Your Brain on Meditation” (Yoga Journal article 2009)
Links to Relevant Organizations/Resources:
The Compassionate Mind Foundation (includes scales/surveys for practice and research, published studies, training manuals, and more)
Self-compassion.org (the website of self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, which includes a page with links to all published research on self-compassion)
The Yoga Service Council (there’s still time to register for our first-ever conference at the Omega Institute in New York, May 2012!)
Further Resources for Practice and Teaching
If you are interested in sample yoga sequences and scripts for meditation/breathing exercises, I recommend my book Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger 2009).
If you are interested in extended guided meditations (mindfulness, self-compassion, etc.) as well as the science of self-compassion, meditation, and behavior change, I recommend my new 6-session audio course with Sounds True, The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation, available 4/28/12.
The Willpower Instinct (Avery 2012) describes the science of self-control and how it can be applied to you own goals and challenges. It is based on my Stanford University course “The Science of Willpower.”