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Exploring Meditation

With Matthew Remski
What is meditation really? What happens when we turn within, and focus on the very processes of life? In this interdisciplinary, non-denominational weekend we’ll delve into the basic playing field and experience of meditation. We’ll look at it from both ancient and modern perspectives, incorporating instructions from Indian wisdom traditions and insights from contemporary neuroscience. How might meditation alter our reactivity? How might it rewire neural connections? How can such an internal and private experience re-pattern our social lives? How can these practices be therapeutic? and for whom might they be therapeutic? We’ll also look at why meditation can be intimidating for some, difficult for many, and perhaps completely inappropriate for others. Throughout our time together, we’ll intersperse dialogue and sharing stories and experiences with practice.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Exploration of the three basic models of meditation: open awareness, focused attention, analytical progression.
  • Applications and contraindications for each.
  • Exploration of yoga psychology and how it applies to meditation.
  • Understand “Conversational Method” in meditation: how external communication strategies apply to the internal dialogues of meditation.
  • Understand and demonstrate the ability to direct “organization of posture” and the contraindications for crossed legs.
  • Exploration of considerations of timing and dosage.
  • Familiarity with signs of progress or psychological bypassing.
  • Familiarity with constitutional assessment and meditation application.

Friday 5:00-8:00pm
Saturday 1:00-6:00pm
Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $250 for the full weekend. To register click here.

These classes are part of our 300 Hour Teacher Training. They are open to all; if you are taking the classes as hours toward your certification, please register for the program online in advance.