Silent Meditation Retreat
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Dive within during this day of introspection, exploring silent meditation through both seated and walking practices. We will begin the day with a gentle yoga class to stretch out the body. Then alternating between periods of seated, walking and savasana (relaxation on the back) meditations we will tap into, and drink off, the deep inner stillness and silence that exists within each of us when we simply allow our senses to turn inward. It is incredibly important to take time out of our busy lives to tune into this deep well of peace in our beings. Join us for this nourishing opportunity to be supported by your sangha (spiritual community) in cultivating the inner silence. There will be a 1-hour silent break for lunch (if you wish to stay in the silence of the studio, please bring a vegetarian lunch). During the afternoon there will be a period of time to journal, practice on your own or step outside for some solo walking meditation. The day will conclude with a Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation while lying on the back).
Level: No prior experience required, though a willingness to explore uninterrupted periods of meditation of up to an hour are recommended.
Suggested Donation: $50-75. $25 deposit due with registration.
Contact: For registration or questions- Aiyana Athenian, e-mail: email@example.com, or 207.431.8079.
Chillin' Out Pitta Dosha
An Ayurvedic Yoga Workshop
Ayurveda, the natural healing system of India, looks to the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and space) as a foundation for experiencing balance both in the natural world and within our beings. The doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) are the 3 bodily humors that make up one's mind/body constitution. These doshas are based upon predominances of the five elements. Seasonally we also see prevalent elements that act on the doshas in the body. In the case of the summer season we see the fire element strongest, which often serves to increase this element in our body as well. This element, being characteristic of Pitta dosha, is therefore more easily found in excess in beings during the summer and early fall season both in individuals with Pitta constitution and those with other constitutions. Learn about cooling and refreshing Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practices and experience yogic tools including asanas (postures) that keep the mind focused but which do not overtax the body, heat-relieving pranayama (breathing exercises,) meditation and chanting to maintain harmony in pitta dosha during the pitta time of year.
This workshop is perfect for learning ways to center your being if you tend to run in overdrive, if you're feeling a bit hot-headed from intense summer activity or if your body feels overheated in the summer. Signs of excess heat in the body and mind include skin rashes, indigestion or heartburn, diarrhea, irritability, an overly critical mind, etc. This is a great time of year to explore ways to stay balanced and grounded with the expansive energy of summer. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.
This workshop is Part 3 of a 3-part Series looking at the 3 Doshas during their respective seasons of the year. These workshops can be taken individually or as a series.
Level: Open to all. No prior yoga or Ayurvedic experience necessary.
Suggested Donation: $35-$45. $15 deposit due with registration.
Contact: For registration or questions- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 207.431.8079.