A new class that begins with gentle yoga, & includes deep relaxation and meditation.
Wednesdays 5:30-6:45; November 5, 12, 19
Old Center School, Room 16, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge
7 classes $55/$10 Drop-in
Diane King 203 494-3745 or Woodbridge Rec 203 389-3446
“Slowing down….allows us to live more peacefully.” Donna Farhi
Yoga and Meditation
Week One: Yoga focus on posture and alignment, balance, strengthening back and opening hips: areas important for ease in meditating.
Meditation focus: Meditation basics; overview of the 7 weeks ahead
Week Two: Yoga repeat week one with added focus on importance of breath
Meditation focus: Physical and mental benefits of meditation; the journey inward
Week Three: Yoga focus on review but adding tension/relaxation practice
Meditation focus: influence of Buddhist traditions
Week Four: Yoga focus – Posture, Prana, Pranayama
Meditation focus: Breath oriented and mantra meditation
Week Five: Yoga focus on postures as moving meditation/flow yoga
Meditation focus: Mindfulness and meditation
Week Six: Yoga focus on mindfulness in practice
Meditation focus: Affirmations: training your mind, aligning your spirit
Week Seven: Posture review/Connection of yoga and meditation
Discussion and guided meditation
Meditation on the Mat by Rolf Gates Daily reflections on the path of yoga.
Meditation for the Love of It Sally Kempton Enjoying your own deepest experience
Full Catastrophe Living or any books by Jon Kabat-Zinn Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Fact Stress, Pain, and Illness (but great for anyone!) Jon is the creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Release programs that utilize yoga and meditation
365 nirvana here and now Josh Baran Living every moment in enlightenment
365 Yoga Julie Rappaport Daily thoughts about yoga
365 Tao Deng Ming-Dao Daily meditations on life and nature
Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat Richard Faulds
Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age Lilias Folan
Exercises for Joints and Glands: Simple Movements to Enhance Your Well-Being as taught by Swami Rama
The Yoga Way to Release Tension: Rachel Carr’s Techniques for Relaxation and Mind Control Rachel Carr
And there are so many more I could recommend relating to specific conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, anxiety…emailing me is the best way to let me know of your interest and/or concerns.
Websites I like: dailyzen.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; yogajournal.com; liberated body; and yinyoga.com
Explore the public library, bookstores, and the web for books, CDs, and DVDs. There is a wealth of information to start and sustain you on the path to inner knowledge, balance, health, and equanimity. Yoga and meditation are not specific religious paths, rather they are vehicles to bring you closer to your personal understanding of life’s purpose.
May peace and understanding be with us all.