Awakening Self-Compassion in Sport Masterclass

About the Masterclass

This Masterclass has been designed for athletes, parents of athletes and coaches to learn, experience and start to understand self-compassion, discover the benefits and see how it can be applied within sport.

What is Self-Compassion?

Dr Kristin Neff refers to self compassion as having three components –

  1. Self-kindness – being gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental.  
  2. Common humanity – feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering (i.e. experiencing our imperfections). 
  3. Mindfulness – that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain and exaggerating it.

Research has found self-criticism to be negatively associated with motivation and progress towards goals. It has been reported that athletes have given up their sport due to the self-criticism.

Why Self-Compassion in Sport?

After reading the above definition, could you see how self-compassion could be useful within sport? Also – some of the research in relation to self-compassion interventions within sports have succeeded in reducing self-criticism and negative thoughts following mistakes in athletes. When a number of female athletes were interviewed about how self-compassion could help them in their sporting lives, they identified a variety of potential areas including –

  • Failing to meet personal goals and expectations or making mistakes within their sport,
  • Working through injuries and focusing on what they can do to recover,
  • Managing a performance or training plateau,
  • Stepping back and looking at situations in a positive light (i.e. seeing the silver lining),
  • Helping you reach your full potential,
  • Persisting and concentrating on what you can do (not what you can’t),
  • Taking responsibility for difficult sporting experiences, and
  • Keeping a balanced perspective and allowing yourself to move on.

Masterclass Outcomes

The outcomes for this 60-Minute Masterclass are –

  • Increasing knowledge and understanding on the science of self-compassion,
  • Starting to see the benefits of self-compassion and how it can be used in sport,
  • Learning and experiencing an informal and formal self-compassion technique, and
  • How self-compassion practises can be easily integrated in to daily sport adn life.


Masterclass Cost – $25AUD (payable on registration).


Next Masterclass: Thursday February 18, 2021 (6.30pm-7.30pm QLD AEST). Click here to register.


Inclusions – as a participant in the Masterclass, you will receive access to the following –

Who is this Masterclass for?

This workshop has been designed for coaches, athletes and / or parents who want to deepen their understanding of self-compassion in sport.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the FAQ’s.

About Jane – the Masterclass Facilitator

Jane Taylor (M.EdSt) is a former Professional Athlete, Registered P-12 Teacher (since 2002) and ICF Coach who is committed to supporting people change the way they see themselves and helping by “(Un)Learning, so You Can Reconnect and Engage With Your Innate Potential and BE Whole-Heartedly YOU… One Habit at a Time!”, so we can connect with life authentically and live in peace and harmony. She is a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion and has created this masterclass specifically for sportspeople over 18 and those working with athletes.

Jane has been lucky enough to work and support over 31500 adults in leadership, coaching, education, emotional intelligence, mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, mental health promotion and prevention and organisational wellbeing.

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q. Is there a time for Questions in the Masterclass?

A. Yes. At the end, I will stay online, so you can ask questions.

Q. When Can I Access the Workbook?

A. You will receive the workbook for the Masterclass the day before the session starts. So, please make sure you download it before we commence.

Q. Is this Masterclass Available for People Under 18?

A. No. This Masterclass is open for athletes (past and present), parents and coaches over 18. I am planning on offering a Masterclass for 15-18 years olds, so please contact us here to express your interest:).

Q. Other Questions?

A. Please contact us here.