Art and Mindfulness
The creative process is used as a vehicle for meditation. With mindfulness practice, we learn to let go of external expectations and simply to “be” in and with the creative moment. No art experience necessary.
Expand your lungs and nourish your body with fresh scents. Start your day in control.
Calm, Center, and Restore
This half hour class is an opportunity to drop out of your mind, with all of its many pre-occupations, and to settle into alignment with your body. We will practice such techniques as: body scan, slow mindful stretching and Shamatha (calm-abiding) meditation. You will learn how to slow down, to relax the grip of your mind, and to feel at home in your body.
Chi Kung/Tai Chi
In this movement class, we will practice postures of Chi Kung and Yang Family Tai Chi from the lineages of Dr. Wong, Master Junfeng Li, and Master Mantak Chia. By incorporating an understanding of the major acupuncture channels and the three dan tiens with these postures, we will learn to align our inner and outer structures for the efficient cultivation of chi.
Guided attention to breath and movement as a gentle but more active form of meditation. This rhythmic meditation cultivates energy for healing and vitality.
Chi Kung Meditation
In the Taoist tradition, the first focus of meditation practice is feeling well. When we feel well inside, it is easier to settle the mind. In this class, we will focus on meditation practices that bring you into your body,balance your emotions, and increase your feeling of vitality.
Clarity, Connection and Purpose
Start your day cultivating the connection with yourself. This inner relationship can help us to stay on track and become more in tune with our innermost guidance and intuition. Together, we will set an intention and create space for you to develop a steadiness within in order to navigate life with more ease.
Classic Mindfulness Techniques
Mindfulness practices strengthen our inherent ability to focus our mind and be attentive to what's going on around us. By learning to change our habits through regular practice, both on and off the meditation cushion, we can lead more productive, happy lives. Everyone is welcome, whatever your experience level.
Crowd Sourced Meditation
Difficulties staying focused during meditation? Leverage the group's attention to arrive in the present moment.
Crystal Bowl Meditation
Listening to the pure vibrant tone of the Crystal bowl, we come into a state of deep relaxation instantly. Access clarity and stillness with greater ease as the crystal bowls bring you rejuvenation and cleansing.
Etch a Sketch
Begin the morning with a clean canvas and a clear mind. You'll set an intention and start your day off right!
Focused vs. Open Awareness
Settle the mind using concentration techniques, then trust yourself to open...to the simplicity of effortless being-ness.
Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice
The Buddha taught true peace could be attained through mindfulness and contemplation of four things: one's body, feelings, mind, and phenomena. Through periods of stillness and gentle guidance, we'll contemplate these four aspects and train in maintaining complete, 365-degree mindfulness.
Inhabiting The Body
Learn to drop out of the busy-ness of the mind to inhabit the wisdom and aliveness of the body.
Mantra meditation is a form of vibrational healing that works from the inside out. Access deeper levels of awareness using simple sacred sounds that lead you to the stillness within, thereby washing all thoughts, worries and concerns away in the process.
Meditation for Athletes
Visualization is not only for the Olympic champions, but its also meant for the weekend warrior! Creating space within the mind and practicing deep focus will improve your game, and sharpen your mind.
Rather than going on automatic while eating- enjoy the nourishing sensory pleasure of Mindful Eating. (Please bring something to eat)
Mindfulness Meditation and Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by promoting a sense of calm, clarity and grounding. This guided meditation class will provide you with relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques, supported by the ancient healing benefits of essential oils. This practice will help students to mindfully engage and integrate body, breath, mind and heart to promote deep relaxation and healing.
Peace of Mind
This class offers a guided contemplative journey that introduces "calm abiding" or Shamatha, a breath based practice from the Tibetan tradition, that calms and centers body, mind and spirit.
Recess for Your Mind
Recess for Your Mind, gives your mind the opportunity to move away from the "busy mind," to explore the imaginative world of your heart and the sensory world of the body. Rather than working so hard to get your attention, the mind can cut loose, explore new ideas and help you resolve what makes you anxious.
With more of yourself involved in problem-solving, you may find that solutions come with ease. You can sleep without all that noisy chatter in your head. You feel calmer in stressful situations and enjoy your accomplishments more.
Relax and Replenish
In this session, you will enjoy body-centered relaxing meditations in which you will learn how to let go of stress you may be carrying and replenish your energy. You can choose to relax lying down or sitting up.
Self-judgement can be automatic. We don’t realize we are shutting ourselves out of our own hearts. Learn to rest in the heart of compassion.
Classic Mindfulness Techniques
Mindfulness practices strengthen our inherent ability to focus our mind and be attentive to what's going on around us. By learning to change our habits through regular practice, both on and off the meditation cushion, we can lead more productive, happy lives. Everyone is welcome, whatever your experience level. This 45 minute class builds on the 30 minute version both in depth and duration. If you liked our 30 minute version, you'll love this 45 minute offering.
We all contain wisdom within us. We each have an inner compass that is oriented towards our truthful, joyful self-expression. So, how is it that we get stressed out, that we lose our way? We forget to prioritize pleasure. We forget to check in with our inner compass.
In this forty-five minute class, we will practice checking in with our mind, heart and body, and discern what is truth for us. We will also practice some energetic meditative techniques, and creative exercises, designed to release stress, and open us up to greater flow and intuitive knowing.
Gong Bath Meditation
This ancient vibrational tool offers a sound massage for the body, mind and soul. Lie down, get comfortable and receive the symphonic multi-layered sounds of the Gong as they wash over you.
Inner Light: Kabbalistic Meditation for the Busy Mind
Kabbalah - Jewish mysticism - offers a number of transformative meditation techniques aimed to calm the mind, revitalize the soul, connect to the Source, and discover the deepest self. We will sample a variety of Jewish meditation practices and discover solace and sanctuary in our own bodies, hearts and minds. No background or prior experience necessary - beginners welcome!
Introduction to Taoist Meditation
In the Taoist tradition, developing a meditation practices incorporates not only the mind but as well the physical body and vitality (chi). In this 45 minute class, we will explore foundational chi kung and meditation practices from the Taoist tradition that cultivate mind, body, and vitality together. We will begin with chi kung practices that help set the stage for meditation and transition into a formal 24 minute sitting practice.
Manifesting Your Destiny
Why are we here? This guided practice is an inner journey to discover the nature of our mind, and the power of discovering ourselves.
Mindfulness, Meaning and Empathy
One of the greatest powers of a meditation practice is its ability to allow us to cultivate a deeper and more robust relationship with ourselves and the world around us. In this class we will develop a richer understanding of mindulness and explore its application to our inner and outer lives - from our motivations and emotions to our interactions and relationships.
Any movement can be performed as a meditation, if we apply mindfulness and a slow pace. This class will explore the connection between conscious breath and movement through walking meditation, tai chi, cathartic dance and restorative postures. This class is great for those who want to experience the healing benefits of meditation but would like to move their bodies before finding stillness.
Synchronizing Mind and Body
This class will provide opportunities to meditate not only with our minds but also with our bodies. From week to week we'll explore practices that enlist the body's help in focusing and stilling the mind, such as body scans, walking meditation, postures, as well as working with the breath. This class will leave you calm and refreshed to carry on with your day.
Does being online feel partly okay and partly compulsive? To borrow from an old saying, technology is a wonderful servant, and a terrible master. Find refuge, with others who understand, from the pull toward the phone. Find refuge in a more ancient pull...to be deeply with yourself.
Using the Body as a Compass
We are often caught in our thinking mind, analyzing everything in order to make decisions. Our bodies hold much wisdom for us and can offer us answers that our minds simply can not figure out. Spend some time connecting to the inner wisdom that lies within and make decisions from a more grounded place.
The Visual Mind
Recall past memories. Acknowledge the present. Then, Manifest your future.
Listening for Leaders - June 3rd
Listening for Leaders with Chris Montone
In a 2015, the Harvard Business Review cited an Interact/Harris Poll conducted with 1,000 U.S. workers showing that 91% of employees said communication issues were their main complaint about their bosses, revealing a striking lack of emotional intelligence on the part of management.
In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to and have a chance to engage in effective practices to develop perhaps THE most essential skill communication skill possessed by all truly effective leaders: the ability to LISTEN.
First, we’ll practice listening to ourselves to develop a key emotional intelligence skill -- self-awareness; that is, awareness of our own states of mind. At the same time, we also begin to create the essential mental space needed to allow brilliant and creative ideas to arise spontaneously.
Next, we’ll practice actively listening to others, learning methods for expressing empathy and compassion toward those with whom we interact both professionally and socially. Studies have shown that the simple act of listening fully to another human being is not only the source of great compassion but of charisma, as well. Listening is the first step in developing into a charismatic leader.
Finally, we’ll practice listening to and leaning into space – confronting our fear of silence and vulnerability when confronted with challenging situations. By doing so, we may find inner resources that provide insight into what is truly needed in the moment.
In this workshop, we’ll engage in meditative and contemplative exercises, as well as dyads and discussions, that will help enhance stability and clarity of our minds as well as developing greater connection with and compassion for others—which have been shown again and again to be among the foremost qualities of exceptional leaders who create connection, trust, and loyalty.
This workshop will provide you with the tools to:
listen to yourself; discern messages, and trust what is happening inside you
listen to others with openness and attention
engage active listening skills such as reflecting, inquiring, and empathizing
lean into open space, silence, and “not knowing” to gain greater insight
Saturday June 3rd 2-5:30pm
Cost $85 ($100 after Mayb 15th)
Early bird pricing until May 15th - Enroll Here.