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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Julian Marc Walker


 Julian Walker and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Yoga

Julian has been teaching yoga since 1994 and practicing Mind-Body Healing since 1997. His approach to yoga combines a 20 year fascination with spirituality, science, psychology, music and poetry. He maintains a busy bodywork practice and teaches ongoing classes, chakra-based workshops and transformational retreats. He also writes and blogs on the intersection of spiritually, science and psychology.

In this discussion, we explored how yoga can foster empathy.  Yoga can foster self-empathy by making us more aware of our inner sensations.   

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Julian Walker and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Yoga



Julian Walker Mirror Neurons and Yoga
"In this video Julian Walker talks about an overlap between science and spirituality with Mirror Neurons. They were recently discovered in last 10 or 15 years and show that we have brain cells that simulate the experience of other people as we're observing them. They simulate both activity and emotion... could be the basis of empathy and compassion"

Julian Walker - Yoga Massage: Empathy and Grounding in Your Own Body
"Discussion of the difference between feeling empathy vs "taking on" someone's feelings or experience as if it was your own."


Science and The Sacred: Mirrors Of Compassion
"It turns out that some theorists (amongst them Stephanie Preston and Frans de Waal) believe the mirror neuron system may be involved in how we feel empathy, which is the capacity to intuit someone else’s feelings and imagine them as our own. It is the case that there are mirror neurons for emotions as well as for movement. Studies by Christian Keysers at the Social Brain Lab in the Netherlands show a correlation between experiencing more emotional empathy and having a high degree of activity in the movement mirror neurons. This suggests that the two systems may be linked."