Kuan Yin: Yoga Nidra for Forgiveness and Compassion with Cat - West Asheville Yoga

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Kuan Yin: Yoga Nidra for Forgiveness and Compassion with Cat

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19 Mar

Kuan Yin: Yoga Nidra for Forgiveness and Compassion with Cat

March 19, 2023 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Kuan Yin: Yoga Nidra for Forgiveness and Compassion

With Cat Matlock

Sunday, March 19



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Kuan Yin is the Mother of Compassion.

In her, all things are forgiven and healed.

Join Cat Matlock for a Meditation and Yoga Nidra practice designed to cultivate deep compassion for self and all.  When we get stuck in unforgiveness, anger, and hurt, we cannot be in a true state of compassion for ourselves, let alone for others.  Being stuck in victimhood depletes you, and keeps you actually in harm from past experiences.  You keep reliving those stories, re-traumatizing yourself, and imprisoning your beautiful magic.  Feeling sorry for yourself and having compassion for yourself are different things.

The first step to truly forgiving is to hold yourself in the light of compassion.  “I know, honey, that was really hard.  That hurt.  It sucked.  I’m so sorry that happened.  I love you.”  Whew.

The next step is to recognize that unforgiving actually keeps you bound to the past, only hurting you.  To really forgive, it can be helpful to cut the energetic cords and ties to other, to the story, to release yourself from the burden of that connection.  Once free, you can seal yourself off from that story, strengthen a boundary, and create safety around yourself.

Within that nest of safety, unable to be further harmed by that person or story, we cultivate compassion for them.  We do this by recognizing that all beings have within them the Light of the Universe, the Goodness of All, the Divine Within.  Gosh, that Divine Being sure suffers a lot in some folks!  So we don’t make another’s actions OK, but we do recognize that the Divine is in all and it must really be hard for it to be stifled, clouded, and blocked inside those that cause harm to others.  It is to this Divine One inside the other that we send our compassion.

Compassion for self.  Cutting ties to those who have harmed us.  Create a strong boundary.  Forgiveness.  Compassion to the Divine within those who have harmed us.

Let’s do this.  2023: Set Yourself Free.

Bring any items you wish to add to the communal altar that represent your free self, your empowered self, your loving truth.

This event includes a series of meditations, culminating in Yoga Nidra with Kuan Yin.

About the Instructor

Cat Matlock

Cat Matlock (she/her), Founder of FreeBody Therapeutic Massage Clinic, Founder and former owner of West Asheville Yoga, is a chronic pain specialist known for her deep knowledge of anatomy.  She blends the use of therapeutic rolling (think foam rollers and balls) with strengthening and opening yoga, breathing practices to soften the nervous system, and guided meditations for restoring balance and harmony at all levels of being.  Cat is an Advanced Instructor of Therapeutic Yoga through Integrative Yoga Therapy, a graduate of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy™ and a certified facilitator of Overcome Anxiety™, a therapeutic yoga series designed for people with high stress, anxiety, and panic disorder.   You can find her rolling videos on YouTube under her name, Cat Matlock.  She is a massage therapist specializing in Trigger Point Therapy with over 28 years of experience.  Cat is also a sacred music recording artist and lifelong student of mantras.  Her teachers include Dr. David Frawley, Namadeva Thomas Ashley-Ferrand, Gil Hedley, Tom Myers, Genevieve Yellin, Joseph and Lillian LePage, Maria Mendola, Ellen Saltonstall, Rajeshwari Gretchen Carmel, and Maya Tiwari.  

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Event Details

Date: March 19, 2023 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue West Asheville Yoga
Address: 602 Haywood Road