The Workshop

4-Sessions to Cultivate Self-Compassion through Yoga

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali offer ahimsa, non-harming, or compassion as the first limb of yoga. For many of us, the most challenging being to offer compassion towards is ourselves. We tend to hold high expectations of ourselves, push down “negative” emotions feeling they aren’t “yogic” and punish ourselves for perceived shortcomings.

​In this course, we will explore techniques to allow ourselves to experience the full realm of emotions moving through the body with self-compassion. When we experience these emotions without aversion they provide powerful guidance that draws us closer to unconditional love.

This 4-session (spread out over 2 weeks) course will include lectures and self-practice to support students in moving past self-punishment to a loving and nurturing relationship with themselves.

Session 1: The What + Why of Self-Compassion:

In this session, we’ll explore the purpose of yoga, causes of suffering, and its remedy as outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We’ll also explore what self-compassion is and is not, resistance students have towards practicing it and the dynamics of our inner dialogue.

Session 2: From Resistance to Loving Kindness: What we resist persists.

This session will explore signs of resistance in our bodies and techniques to be present with what is without attachment or aversion.

Session 3: Befriending Dark Emotions:

The dark emotions bring valuable gifts when we learn to listen to them. This session explores the gifts of the darker emotions and tools to explore them and learn from them.

Session 4: Opening to Receive:

Many of us have been taught to focus only on giving and to block receiving. Tosha Silver says this is like trying to live with only exhaling and never inhaling. This session focuses on the importance of being open to receiving and learning to live as a conduit for divine grace to flow through.

“Many illnesses are caused by a lack of love. The cells of your body are your employees. When you are kind to them, you pay attention to them, they become happier and work better for you.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra

Workshop Schedule & Set Up

Live Session & Homework

Live Sessions:

21 September | 20:00 - 21:00 hrs GMT+2 (Amsterdam)

24 September | 20:00 - 21:00 hrs GMT+2 (Amsterdam)

28 September | 20:00 - 21:00 hrs GMT+2 (Amsterdam)

1 October | 20:00 - 21:00 hrs GMT+2 (Amsterdam)

After each live session, you will receive homework to practice with in between the sessions.

All live sessions will be recorded and uploaded to your account after the session is over, so you can always review it or watch it at a time that suits you if the live schedule does not work for you.


Dharma Yoga Teacher

Sam Manchulenko

A student of Sri Dharma Mittra, Sam is dedicated to deepening her practice through constant practice and self-reflection. With additional studies in forgiveness, meditation, Healing Touch, coaching, and the Enneagram, Sam supports students in the self-discovery necessary to live their practice off the mat. An avid traveler who loves learning from different cultures, she has taught yoga in Morocco, volunteered in Ghana, explored meditation in SE Asia, studied flamenco dance in Spain, and served as a karma yogi at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. She is honored to serve as a mentor in the Dharma Yoga Life of a Yogi Teacher Training program where she is able to be in the presence of a true living yogi. Sam is passionate about living life to the fullest with a joyful heart and inspiring others to do the same.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Day 1 | 21 September

    • Reading Material & Homework Day 1

    • Recording Session 1: The What + Why of Self-Compassion

  • 2

    Day 2 | 24 September

    • Reading & Homework Material Day 2

    • Recording Session 2: From Resistance to Loving Kindness

  • 3

    Day 3 | 28 September

    • Befriending Dark Emotions

    • Reading & Homework Material Day 3

  • 4

    Day 4 | 1 October

    • Opening to Receive

    • Reading & Homework Material Day 4