Learning to Respond, Not React ~ Tara Brach

Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? Tao Te Ching

When life doesn’t go our way, we often launch into a chain reaction of obsessive thinking, blaming and unpleasant emotions. This talk explores how we can use meditative practices to step out of reactive patterns and respond to life’s challenges from our naturally wise heart.

The Dharma of Relationships – Part 1A & 1B ~ Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA

Published on Mar 1, 2013

The Dharma of Relationships

Unless you live in a cave and have concierge service, you most probably interact with people each day. Wisdom teachings tell us to ‘see self in other and other in self.’ But how? This talk explores some practical strategies for cultivating empathy, compassion and skill in how you relate to others and use your relationships to wake up.

The Dharma of Relationships – Part 1B (02-27-2013)

Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA, is a Senior Teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and a Founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington. He is creator of the Year of Living Mindfully Program and works 1-1 with private clients.

He has studied numerous disciplines from both the Yogic and Buddhist traditions and has been leading retreats and training teachers for over twenty five years in both residential and corporate settings. He has been widely quoted for his commentary on yoga, meditation, spirituality and healing in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Yoga Journal and other national publications and media.

He is the former president and a senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the largest center for yoga and health in North America. A practitioner of yoga and meditation for over thirty years, he lived for over fifteen years in a monastic setting.

Some of his audio recordings include The Art of Relaxation, A Touch of Grace: Bamboo Flute Meditations, as well as two guided meditation compilations produced in conjunction with Simon & Schuster: Energy Awareness and High Energy Living.

Jonathan has presented in organizations as diverse as The World Bank, Universal Music Group, The United Bank of Switzerland, the DC Superior Court, the Young Presidents Organization, The Organization of American States and the Montgomery County School district.

Jonathan’s passion for enlivening the relationship between body, mind and spirit was fueled by living at the Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Summit Station, PA and Lenox, MA from the age of 25, where he had the opportunity to study with world-renowned teachers. He is certified in or has extensive training in the following mind/body modalities:

Focusing (Certified Trainer)
Kripalu Yoga (500 hour Professional Level)
Kripalu Holistic Lifestyle Training (Director)
Trager Work
Structural Acupressure (Zero Balancing)
Kripalu Bodywork
Polarity Therapy
Reiki I and II
Clinical Hypnotherapy
Vivation (Transformational breathwork)
Deep tissue massage

He has also received training in and has explored a wide variety of approaches to yoga, martial arts and meditation.

Additional certifications include:

Master of Arts in Education
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Focusing Practioner and Trainer
Community Dharma Leadership (Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
Certified Pesticide Applicator for the State of Illinois (expired)

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