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Index: Panel 22 - Empathy and Yoga
Date:  2013-02-11

Panel 22: Empathy and Yoga: Yoga is a tool kit for Empathy
Nixa De Bellis
Michael Hewett
Elena Brower
Edwin Rutsch

Yoga is a tool kit for Empathy. In its methods we cultivate a feeling sense of ourselves and the world. We both take measure of our own person and revel in the multitude of relationships through an awareness practice of deeper than ordinary looking and listening.

The logic of our differences, our similarities and our sameness is not evident without practice, and so we have the yoga technologies for actively engaging ourselves, our families, our communities and our world.
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Empathy and Yoga: Yoga is a tool kit for Empathy



Nixa De Bellis

    Nixa De Bellis is in her 30th year of practicing yoga as a dedicated sadhaka and a seasoned NYC yoga teacher offering asana instruction from her home base at exhale Madison Avenue, philosophy talks through her own i/o Inside Out Yoga Village, and Yoga Rituals for sacred grandeur while she sits on the faculty of teacher trainings worldwide.

She studies and practices within a small lineage grown from South India called Rajanaka Tantra Sri Vidya, a goddess tradition of auspicious wisdom.  She intends to share her knowledge with you and hopes it is as pragmatically valuable, interesting and useful for your life, as it is for hers. Her website is

  Michael Hewett
     Michael Hewett is the founder and director of Sarva Yoga Academy. The Academy is a seven-month, whole life training based on the wisdom traditions of the Tibetan Dalai Lamas and Indian yoga masters, braided together with modern psychology and scientific research of the Fourth Way. Through physical practices, meditation and mentorship the training provides clear and diverse explanations of developmental milestones as well as personalized support and guidance along the way.

Michael has been teaching yoga and dharma full time since 1997. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, a video instructor and blogger for Guitar World magazine, tours internationally with his own project, and composes for dance, television and film.
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  Elena Brower

Elena Brower is founder and co-owner of VIRAYOGA, and co-author of Art of Attention. Elena has taught yoga for 16+ years. After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked as a textile and apparel designer for 6 years, and has studied with master yoga teachers for over 10 year.

  Edwin Rutsch
    Convener:  Edwin Rutsch is founding director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. See his full Bio here.





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