Have you been curious about meditation but not sure where to begin? Have you dabbled with meditation before but need more structure and accountability to make it a regular part of your life? Are you an experienced meditator looking to expand your practice with new techniques and a community of other like-minded people?
This 4-week series will give you all the tools and guidance you need to cultivate a meditation practice. You will learn 4 different meditation techniques as well as practical tips for building meditation into your life as a daily habit. This series provides the structure, support, and inspiration you need to deepen your meditation whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner.
Meditation is a fundamental part of the yogic path and has been shown to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Induce relaxation
- Increase self-awareness
- Increase happiness and other positive emotions
- Slow aging
- Boost Immune function
- Improve concentration and memory
- Encourage healthier lifestyle
- Reduce loneliness and depression
- Increase Spiritual connection
- Increase wisdom and give you perspective
You will learn 4 different styles of meditation:
- Week 1: Present Awareness Meditation– In these forms of meditation, you become non-judgmentally aware of the present moment. You do this by observing the cycles of your breath, sensations in the body, or sensations of the environment around you.
- Week 2: Intention & Concentration Based Meditation– In these meditations you keep yourself focused on a visualization, a chant, music, a person’s voice, a prayer or some other object of attention. This state is very similar to a trance and is extremely useful for achieving specific goals like overcoming fears, becoming more productive or letting go of dependencies
- Week 3: Transcendence Meditation– the ideal outcome of these meditations is to transcend the ego and intellect and directly experience a deeper, unbounded aspect of the Self, which feels like it is beyond time, space, memory and thought.
- Week 4: Energized Body–Mind Meditation – These techniques revolve around breath control and help to stimulate the nervous system, leading to a feeling of flow and blissful movement. You will feel more attentive and awake.
Wednesday evenings: May 3, 10, 17, 24 from 7-8:15pm
All sessions include instruction, meditation, and discussion. The classes are recorded and emailed to you along with growthwork for further study.
About the teacher:
Greta Hill (E-RYT 500), has practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She is a lead teacher trainer for Rasa Yoga and has lived and taught these sacred practices in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Sao Paulo, New York and now in Seattle. She began meditating in her late teens and has studied with many leading world teachers of meditation including Sally Kempton, Charlie Knoles, Dr. Douglas Brooks, and Paul Muller Ortega. She is known for making deep concepts and practices friendly and accessible to students of all levels.