Workshop 3: Embodied Compassion: Integrating Yoga and Martial Arts into CFT

October 11, 2021
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

Registration is from 8.30, and the workshop will start at 9.30. The workshop will finish at 16.30.



About this Course

This experiential workshop  is for CFT practitioners who are interested in deepening and enhancing their  competencies in compassionate engagement and action via Yoga and traditional  Martial Arts. Participants will have the opportunity to experience how these  embodied compassion practices can support body-mind integration in their  therapeutic work and as part of personal practices to strengthen aspects of  their Compassionate Selves. Yoga and Martial Arts-informed CFT exercises will  be explored to give participants a flavour of how embodied compassion may  help develop skills and somatic resources in the following:
 ·        Maintaining balance, stability,  flexibility and compassionate responsiveness across emotional states;
 ·        Deep distress tolerance in being  with strong (threat-based) emotions;
 ·        How to rapidly and fluidly switch  between motivational systems to stay affiliatively engaged during moments of  high emotional and relational threat;
 ·        Dynamically responding to fears,  blocks and resistances to compassion by redirecting energy flow;
 ·        The courage to persist and take  action in the face of challenges and threats.

This workshop does not  require participants to have any previous experience or established practice  in either Yoga or Martial Arts.

Key Learning  Points

·          How to use embodied practices of Yoga and  Martial Arts to stimulate the physiological processes associated with and  underpinning compassionate motivation

·          How embodied compassion can increase CFT practitioners’  motivational switching abilities

·          How embodied compassion training can helpfully  influence and shape CFT work via a process of somatic metamorphism.

Meet your instructor(s)

Deirdre Fay


DeirdreFay, LICSW, integrates traditional trauma and attachment therapy with over 40years of meditation and yoga practice. Deirdre is the author of Becoming Safely EmbodiedAttachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery, co-author of Attachment Disturbances in Adults. You can find out more about her, and her work, at her website. She also regularly posts on her Youtube channel.

Dr Sunil Lad

Consultant Counselling Psychologist

Dr Sunil Lad is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist who works for Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust covering Healthcare in prisons within the Midlands and Eastern area of England. He has also completed foundation training as a yoga teacher which has helped him to deepen compassionate wisdom of the body and mind.

Dr Neil Clapton

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Neil Clapton is a Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS within secondary adult mental health services in Swindon. His clinical work involves providing Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to people experiencing complex trauma, personality and attachment difficulties. Neil spent much of his early-middle childhood and early adolescence practicing the martial art of Taekwondo, culminating in him being awarded a 1st-degree Black Belt at the age of 13. He is the co-founder of Fierce Compassion Martial Arts

Dr Syd Hiskey

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Syd Hiskey is a consultant clinical psychologist in full-time independent practice. He has practised a wide range of martial arts including Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu and hybrid defence and more recently urban combatives. He  is the co-founder of Fierce Compassion Martial Arts