Meditation is a core principle of our Himalayan Tradition of yoga. We encourage you to make it a daily part of your practice. We offer ongoing instructional classes and workshops throughout the year to help you in your journey.
EASY KRIYA MEDITATION FOR INNER PEACE
Easy Kriya Meditation for Inner Peace is an opportunity to experience a beautiful blissful moment of inner illumination and wisdom by using simple breathing techniques, concentration and gentle body movements. The Easy Kriya Meditation for Inner peace is open for seekers and finders of all ages and stages.
THURSDAYS: 8 PM TO 9:30 PM:
April 19th, 26th 2018
May 3rd,10th,17th, 24th, 31st 2018
June 7th,14th, 21st, 28th 2018
Suggested Donation: $20
SHITHILI KARANA MEDITATION
Our morning meditation utilizes Creative Visualizations. Visualization is a tool that speaks to our subconscious mind where the seeds of karma are lodged, and from where they may be uprooted. It is also at this level that we can plant new seeds of a positive nature.
Shithili Karana is a systematic relaxation practice transmitted to Dr. Rene by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati. It is method for entering a state of meditation that can be learned by anyone and at any age. Once learned, it can be used in almost any setting and within a few minutes of practice, it has the power to transform everything around it. This is meditation in the Himalayan tradition. As such there is a series of systematic steps that may be followed.
Here is a brief summary of these steps as transmitted to Dr. Rene by our master Swami Rama, and codified by our dear friend and teacher, Swami Veda:
1. Diaphragmatic breathing.
2. Correct posture, with a straight spine, and no feeling of discomfort in the legs, back or neck. One should be able to maintain such correct and straight position of the spine without encountering discomfort.
3. Shithili-karana or systematic relaxation. One should maintain total relaxation of the neuro-muscular system throughout a meditation session.
4. Awareness of breathing.
5. Using a mantra or a sacred word from any of the spiritual traditions:
a. the mantra that we use initially is Sooo…Huuum
Taken together, these practices provide powerful and accurate guidance for living the higher life. It is the most practical of work and that is the final test, namely the application of these principles in all areas of our daily lives: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.
PRANAYAMA & YOGA NIDRA
“When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Experience the healing power of breath-work and meditation. Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions and one of the Eight Rungs of Raja Yoga, as defined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Pranayama is composed of the Sanskrit words Prãna, life force, or vital energy, particularly the breath, and ãyãma, to extend, draw out, restrain, or control. The control or extension of the life force affects changes in body and mind and therefore is a powerful means of re-establishing balance and health.
Yoga Nidra is a highly powerful ancient meditation technique originated from the Tantras. In the deep relaxation state of yoga nidra, the mind is in a state between sleep and wakefulness and its receptivity is many times more than its receptivity in wakeful state. The secret is that the subconscious mind is at front in this state while the conscious mind takes the back seat. The subconscious mind is a very obedient disciple and immediately carries out the orders that you put to it. By practicing Yoga Nidra you can train your subconscious mind and your conscious mind. The subconscious and the unconscious mind are the most powerful forces in the human being. In yoga nidra you learn how to access these powerful forces to gain knowledge, heal yourself, increase creativity, and to realize your true self.
Together these two disciplines will give you a powerful, 30-minute life changing experience — a way to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain and improve well-being.