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  • $125.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: Live Sessions with Sam
10:30 am–12 pm and 2–3 pm

10:30 am–12 pm

Live Event: The main program sessions are live and all sessions are in ET. The live sessions will be recorded and posted to the Online Programs access page if you are unable to join us live for that session. Recordings* are usually posted within one day and are available to program participants and presenter(s) only.
*You're welcome to turn off your camera if you don't wish your image to be recorded.

*You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends.

Registration: Please register by 5 pm on Nov. 20


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Be Your Own Best Friend – Online

with Sampada Desai, M.A., LPC, E-RYT 500, CLYL, CLYT

November 21 - 22, 2020

Receive loving guidance in becoming your own best friend during this online workshop. Learn to cultivate self-love and self-compassion through psychological principles, spiritual wisdom, Yoga, meditation, healing imagery, storytelling, and group work.

Often, we find it easier to offer compassion, kindness, and unconditional positive regard to others. Yet when it comes to ourselves, we are more likely to be highly critical, unforgiving, or unkind. Over time, depriving ourselves of compassion has adverse cumulative effects on our confidence, self-esteem, creativity, productivity, relationships, and overall happiness.

Research has shown that individuals who are self-compassionate are more likely to be resilient, optimistic, creative, and happy.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • The importance of cultivating compassion towards all aspects of yourself
  • Loving guidance in becoming your own best friend
  • Ways to encourage others to practice self-compassion as well

Live sessions with Sam on Saturday at 10:30 am–12 pm and 2–3 pm, and on Sunday at 10:30 am–12 pm ET.

You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends, until January 17, 2021.

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET and access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop! It changed my life! Gave me so many different inspirations about so many things! You were wonderful and warm and funny and brilliant! It has kick-started all sorts of new thoughts, realizations, understandings. — Irina Brook

Sam is very loving and fun. She is a beautiful individual, a light shining strongly. She is an amazingly happy and loving person. Her warmth and generosity in sharing her experiences provided insight that met my needs. — Rivka Cilley

Sam’s joy is infectious. The experiential practices she led us to do caused a psychic shift in me. When the student is ready, the teacher will come. What an amazing teacher! So many valuable takeaways from this weekend. I feel better equipped to “give myself permission” to let things go and accept that all is as it should be at this moment. — Maria Olsen

Sam’s classes are filled with wisdom, compassion, humor, and connectedness! She is knowledgeable and experienced. I left the class with a warm glow and many practical suggestions on treating myself more compassionately. It was a wonderful experience. — Joan Whiteley


Sampada Desai, M.A., LPC, E-RYT 500, CLYL, CLYT
Sam is a licensed professional counselor with training in clinical psychology and 30 years of psychotherapeutic experience. Additionally, she is trained as a certified laughter leader and teacher trainer. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia, and maintains a private practice at her agency, Desai Counseling and Yoga. An experienced and compassionate Yoga teacher, she routinely teaches Yoga at her studio, local colleges, and other community organizations. A gifted and engaging speaker, Sam brings to her workshops a unique blend of Western psychology and Eastern mindfulness practices including Yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, healing imagery, conscious breathing,…
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