At the end of every yoga class.
Every Wednesday at 10:00am as part of our new Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Heather class.
Every Tuesday at 6pm for a full hour with Sheree Ruhl.
Every Sunday at 10:30am at Breath, Flow & Meditation.
Every chance we get to be present, we stay present.
People say to us in yoga all the time, “Oh I just can’t meditate, my mind won’t stop. It’s just a waste of time!” This is good. This is the beginning, to notice that your mind won’t stop, to notice that at any given moment you have a million things running through your mind, now you have started to meditate.
Author Eckhart Tolle says, “One conscious breath is a meditation.. just one.”
When we stop feeling at the mercy of the mind, we can begin to relax. When we stop attaching to the endless thoughts, we can rest. We can allow the thoughts to go by, as if on a cloud, watching in amusement. This is meditation.
But meditation takes practice. Why do you think the monks live on the mountaintops for their whole lives? It’s easier to meditate when you have less distraction, when the tv isn’t blaring bad news, without the phone ringing, when you can simply sit, quietly watching your breath go in and out. The monks know that if they dedicate their time to meditation, they will have full lives. They just need to keep practicing. But most of us can’t go live on a mountaintop… so we let the mountain come to us!
We set aside time to try out different techniques, teaching ourselves what works for us. We find that we CAN be silent for 10 minutes. We CAN keep focus on a candle flame. We CAN find peace within, regardless of what goes on outside of us. We learn that we are all in the same metaphysical boat… our minds are busy, we can allow them to be busy while we rest within.
Should kids learn to meditate?
The answer is unequivocally YES. Imagine learning tools to cope with stress, anxiety, fear, or low self-esteem at a very young age. Wouldn't you like them to learn techniques to help them face the challenges of every day life now before they enter adulthood and it gets really demanding?
Kids Meditation is a class for children ages 7+. We will focus on the basics of meditation and give them the tools they need to help them deal with negative thoughts and behaviors. Studies show that children who meditate or participate in other mindfulness practices, have increased attentiveness, empathy, self control, and respect for others.
This class will be led by some of our experienced kid meditators and facilitated by Heather Dearie. It will run 45 minutes in length. Parents are welcome to stay in the studio during the class.
Kids Meditation aka Kids Stretch and Soothe!
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
6:00 to 7:00pm
Cost: $12 per drop in, or as part of our regular packages.
For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. – Lily Tomlin