If you’ve looked at the health news recently, you will already know that meditation is one of the most evidence based and universally recommended mindfulness practices. But, there are many things that may get in the way of an intention to give meditation a try. I know that I’ve told myself that “I just can’t sit and do nothing!” or “I’ve tried, but I couldn’t stop thinking about other things.” or even “I don’t know, maybe meditation is part of a religion?”
Well, the truth is that meditation isn’t about religion, turning off your thoughts, or becoming a different person. According to Wikipedia, meditation is “ …a practice…to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state”, and …”Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being.”
Pranayama and meditation are cornerstones of yoga and are equally accessible to people with a regular yoga practice as they are to those with little or no experience with yoga. During the Pranayama and Meditation workshop we will learn basic breathing techniques and follow that experience with a short instructor led meditation. Join us this coming Sunday, September 22 from 4:00 – 5:15 to explore how a systematic approach that includes focused breathing can make meditation accessible. The cost is one class card punch or $15 for drop in.
To Register, contact First Street Yoga Instructor, Carol Daly, at firstname.lastname@example.org