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Yoga for the Wounded Heart

Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Yoga for the Wounded Heart with Tatiana

About the Workshop:

The practice of yoga can serve as a powerful tool for helping us heal some of our deepest heartbreaks. Our emotional wounds can profoundly affect our daily lives, as well as our ability to forge connections with others and experience genuine freedom. The tradition of yoga offers both a philosophical perspective as well as a practical path towards presence, and hence towards healing that which keeps us from presence. Join philosopher, yoga instructor, and award-winning writer Tatiana Forero Puerta in this two-hour workshop based on her book, Yoga for the Wounded Heart: A Philosophy, Practice, and Journey of Healing Emotional Pain (Lantern Books, 2018). This workshop will utilize the physical practice of asana, as well as lecture, group work, self-reflection, and meditation techniques to not only dive deeper into what is available on the yogic path but also explore a practical application to the yogic tools of healing our precious hearts. No previous experience with yoga necessary; just the curiosity to go within.

About the Author

Tatiana Forero Puerta is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. A graduate of Stanford, New York, and Columbia universities, she has taught philosophy and yoga for a decade, including her post as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the City University of New York. A columnist for New York Spirit, Park Slope Reader, and Elephant Journal, Tatiana is a recipient of the 2017 Pushcart Prize for poetry and a finalist for Blueshift Journal’s prize for writers of color. Her work has appeared in Able Muse, Moon River Review, Juked, JOY: Journal of Yoga, and elsewhere. Tatiana lives and teaches in NY.

About the Book

Orphaned in her early teens and shuttled between abusive foster homes Tatiana Forero Puerta found herself in her early twenties in New York City, suffering from PTSD and OCD, anorexic, self-harming, and suicidal. While recuperating following emergency hospitalization, she was advised by her doctor to take up yoga. Tatiana found her way to a teacher, who took her on as a student on condition that she turn up at his studio every day for a year. Recognizing that she had nothing to lose, Tatiana agreed. Over days, weeks, months, and then years, she embraced yoga’s honesty and discipline—delving more deeply into its wisdom, literature, and, vitally, its practice. In so doing, yoga healed her scars, opened her soul to forgiveness, and allowed her to reconcile herself with a past that had threatened to snuff out her life.

Yoga for the Wounded Heart is an unsparingly honest memoir of a childhood lost and of courage and resilience gained. It’s also an exploration of the fundamentals of yoga: as a technology that focuses our attention; as a practical application of mindfulness and attention to what is really going on in our lives and bodies; and as a vehicle for the body to guide the mind and heart toward healing.

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Saturday June 16, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Practice Yoga Austin
Austin, TX