Workshop 3: Embodied Compassion: Integrating Yoga into CFT

October 11, 2021

Timings and Registration

The workshop will start at 9.30 and finish at 16.30.This workshop will be hosted via Zoom, and joining instructions will be sent to you in advance.

To book this workshop, please scroll down to the bottom of our main conference page, and select the workshop option.

We had previously planned to include a portion on martial arts with Neil Clapton and Syd Hiskey. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty of translating Neil and Syd's live contributions to an online format, we have had to take the difficult decision to remove this part of the workshop. We're sorry to disappoint and we thank you for your understanding. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is possible that Deirdre may not able to join the workshop.

About this Course

This experiential workshop is for CFT practitioners who are interested in deepening and enhancing their competencies in compassionate engagement and action using psychological and physical yoga. Participants will have the opportunity to experience how these embodied compassion practices using the body’s grounded experience in their therapeutic work and as part of personal practices to strengthen their Compassionate Selves. Yoga -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:

·       Introduce a compassionate yogic perspective to being embodied

·       Decrease reactivity while increasing balance, stability, flexibility and compassionate responsiveness across emotional states;

·       Deep distress tolerance in being with strong (threat-based) emotions;

·       Using the body as compassionate ground to explore staying internally connected to compassionate self so as to respond during moments of high emotional and relational threat;

·       Dynamically responding to fears, blocks and resistances by redirecting energy flow

Key Learning  Points

·          How to use embodied practices of Yoga 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.