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 IntensiveΒ  Slide Show: CompassionIntensiveSLIDESΒ  (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)

Readings:

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 Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

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!)

The International Association of Yoga Therapists

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.”