Getting to the Heart of Yin and Yang with Dr Tamara Russell
In this presentation Dr Tamara Russell will draw on perspectives including Daoism, martial arts, neuroscience and psychology to try to make sense of where we are in the world today as men and women. She will start with the heart to help contextualise this discussion within the broader expansive energies of our universe beyond our earthly experience of men and women and introduce the energetic concepts of Yin and Yang. She will then drill down into the nitty gritty of the ‘Yin/Yang’ rotation, this moment in time when we need more than ever the caring and compassion skills of yin alongside the firmness and protection of yang. We will discuss what this means practically for each of us, as well as collectively, in these times. The need for balance is more pressing than ever, but what can we expect at this tipping point where Yin comes more into prominence? How does this appear in our meditation practice and what does this mean for the emergence of embodied ‘real world’ spirituality? Tamara will share frameworks from different disciplines to help hold and guide our group investigation of this topic.
Dr.Tamara Russell is a martial artist, neuroscientist and clinical psychologist. Over the last 20 years she has blended together these disciplines into a unique set of transformative journeys that engage body, mind, heart and soul. Her work spans the globe but her heart is in the rich cultural traditions of Brazil where she works with an interdisciplinary team developing a very different type of “mindfulness”. Tamara runs retreats, workshops and courses in a variety of settings but particularly focuses on supporting female changemakers design their own unique transformative process. One that draws on ancient traditions (but fits into the world of a busy working mummy-praneur!). Tamara has written several books sharing her unique take on mindfulness including ‘Mindfulness in Motion’ and #whatismindfulness (published by Watkins). Tamara is the Founder and Co-Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence – a think tank for innovative and creative applications of mindfulness.