About our Meditation Classes
Our Meditation class meets one Wednesday a month, from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Learn and practice traditional yogic meditation. Quieting the mind often leads to opening the heart and connecting with the inner self. Learn to connect to a sense of peace, deeper awareness and inner joy.
Instructor Gineen is a Registered Nurse, Certified Yoga Teacher, and published author. She's been practicing meditation for over 15 years, and teaching meditation for 7 years. Sri Yantra Yoga Studio is connected with Shambhava Yoga, and a lineage of master meditation teachers originating in India, passing down their teachings and depth of spiritual energy through the generations. Classes are generally seated, and involve various meditation practices such as beathing techniques, mantra, guided and silent meditations. Yogic readings and talks may be included. Beginners and all levels are welcome.
Gratitude Meditation - Wed Nov 13th, 7:30pm-8:30pm, by donation
Practicing Gratitude helps us shift our attention from scarcity and negativity to appreciation and joy. Feeling and expressing thankfulness can increase happiness and improve mental, physical and emotional health. Being grateful can open us up to inner nourishment, and even bring about more to be grateful for. Join us as we learn and practice a Gratitude Meditation. Get in touch with a sense of gratitude within. Practice seated meditation exploring, encouraging and experiencing gratitude.
By donation or Sri Yantra punch-card. No need to register, simply arrive about 5 minutes early. Bring a small cushion or blanket, or borrow ours. Option: come to Open Level Yoga at 6pm ($15), and stay for Self Compassion Meditation afterwards.
Suggested donation: $5 - $12, or use a punch-card. Experienced meditators and beginners are welcome to all classes.
Some Previous 1st Wednesday Meditation Topics:
Self Compassion Meditation - Wed. Sept 4th, 2019
Cultivating loving compassion for yourself can bring many benefits. Being hard on ourselves is often counter productive. Learn and practice the art of Self Compassion during meditation. Develop a freer, lighter, kinder relationship with your self. Practice sitting quietly in meditation and allowing this sense of self compassion to grow.
Mindful Walk to Lovie's Ice Cream, Wed 8/7, 7:30pm Join us on a mindful walk to Lovies Ice Cream (about 3 blocks from the studio). Learn, practice and experience the art of being present in each moment. We'll meet inside the studio at 7:30pm, and discuss what it means to be mindful. Then we'll practice mindful walking and mindful eating.
6/5: Yogic Meditation & Chant. Practice being minful, present, and developing conscious awareness. Enjoy a short traditional kirtan chant with guitar & singing, then learn and practice traditional yogic meditation.
5/1: Ganesh Meditation. Learn and practice mantra and meditation to help overcome obstacles.
4/3: Circular Breath Meditation. Learn and practice a gentle meditation directing our breath to move through our major chakras, or energy centers in the body. Breathing consciously can help open up these energy centers, allowing energy to flow within us, benefiting body/mind/spirit.
3/6: Reclined, Guided Meditation. Deeply relax and relieve stress. Stretch out on a yoga mat & blanket (bring a pillow if you'd like), and be gently guided through deep relaxation. Refresh the body, clear the head, and enjoy this deeply relaxing experience.
2/6: Heart Meditation. Connect to a deeper state of peace within. Discuss the ways we experience our spiritual heart, then be verbally cued through an exercise involving use of the breath to help open and expand the heart (anahata) chakra. The spiritual heart is considered to be the seat of higher consciousness.
1/2: New Year Candlelight Meditation and Mantra. To welcome the New Year, we'll learn and practice the Mrityunjaya Mantra, a traditional mantra from India. This mantra is said to ward off negative influences and purify one's entire system. Repetition of this mantra can aid in protecting from misfortunes, and bring freedom from attachments.
Gayatri Mantra Meditation - Several years ago, many yoga classes at Sri Yantra started by reciting the Gayatri Mantra. This mantra focuses on connecting to inner divine light, and letting it shine. We'll learn (or re-learn) and practice this traditional yogic mantra, chant it together for a while, and sit quietly in meditation. As we enter the holiday season, this is a nice way to take a break, clear the mind, and find some inner peace & inspiration. According to Douglas Brooks, PhD, a professor at the University of Rochester, the Gayatri is the most sacred phrase uttered in the Vedas. "It doesn't get more ancient, more sacred, than this. It's an ecstatic poetic moment." "As your chackras begin to radiate with it you will feel the weight of the world drop off you." - Sri Shambhavanda
Introduction to mantra meditation - learn and practice traditional yogic mantra.
Grounding Meditation. Learn and practice a meditation to help center and ground yourself. Learn to stop, be still, and draw your energy inside. This meditation will help you connect to your inner strength and balance. We'll sit and be guided in a grounding meditation, and then sit quietly and practice together. Time for questions & discussion at the end.
Kirtan & Yogic Meditation - we'll start with some joyful kirtan (yogic music, singing and chanting), led by Patti. Then be guided in yoga meditation, and spend some time sitting and quietly practicing.
Finding Freedom with Meditation. Celebrate Independence Day with internal fireworks! What would you like to be free from--emotional distress, anxiety, physical tension, racing mind? Meditation can help. Sit with us and practice breathing to alleviate stress and balance the emotions. You will be guided through relaxation and into meditation, then instructed on breath work. We will then have some quiet time to practice the breath and to sink deeper into meditation.
Special Mini Retreat: 2-5:30pm - Yoga, Kirtan and Meditation
Take a break just for you, while taking your practice to a deeper level. Enjoy centering, joyful practices in the Shambhava Yoga tradition. Focus on connecting to your own inner divine spark. Opening/Welcome 2-2:15, Open Level Yoga 2:15-3:15pm, Kirtan 3:45- 5pm (devotional, blissful yogic music, chanting and singing), followed by quiet seated Meditation 5- 5:30pm.
Cultivating Happiness with Meditation: Learn to use the ancient art of yogic meditation to cultivate happiness. We'll practice seated meditation aimed at discovering a natural and innate sense of joy and bliss within. Instructor Gineen with talk about the experience of finding inner bliss, and how to cultivate happiness through meditation. She'll guide the class in a seated meditation, and then silent practice. We'll finish up with discussion and questions.
Discovering the higher Self - explore the yogic concept of Self - the deepest, highest part of our being.
For Nov/Thanksgiving: Gratitude Exercise:
Find a comfortable seat, with a straight spine. Take a moment to allow your body to relax, feeling grounded through the base of the body. Let your shoulders relax. Gently close your eyes, or allow a soft focus, perhaps on the floor a few feet in front of you. Feeling ease in your body, let the mind quiet down, and bring your attention to your breath. Simply notice the breath with ease, entering and leaving the body. Follow the breath to the center of your chest, your heart chakra. Feel a lightness and expansion there with each inhale. Relax with each exhale. Bring to mind a special person, place or a special something that you are grateful for. Feel a sense of gratitude and feel appreciation and love in your heart center. Allow that feeling of lightness, love and gratitude to expand. You many feel a sense of inner joy bubble up. Just be with this sense of gratitude for several minutes. Then cup your hands at the center of your chest with fingers pointing upwards. Continue to breath, and feel sweetness and love well up in the heart. Let the fingers seperate, like a lotus flower opening and blooming. Begin to raise the hands higher, and allow the palms to separate upward and outward, like a big bowl with it's base at your heart center. Let your love, gratitude and sweetness fill the bowl, and fill your being. Offer love and thanks upward. As you exhale, lower your hands back to your lap. -Thanks to Shambhava School of Yoga and Swami Rudranada (Rudi) for this exercise
Dewali celebration and Meditation - celebrate the triumph of Light over darkness! Its a big holiday in India. There will be music, there will be sweets, meditation and fun surprises --let your light shine!
Yogic Growth Meditation & Chant. We'll start off with joyful kirtan chanting, and then explore meditation techniques aimed at working though & releasing negative emotions. Anger, sadness and frustration come up for everyone. Rather than getting stopped or overwhelmed by these feelings, learn to harness the energy driving these emotions and use it as fuel for inner growth.
Ham Sam. Practice the natural breath mantra "Ham Sa". This classic, simple and profound meditation can help us tune into and recognize a pure and higher consciousness within.
Let It Go--Not just a song from a kid's movie, at the base of meditation practice is the principle of surrender. We will discuss various meditation tools for letting go of thoughts as they arise during meditation and during our day. Then we will implement them by sitting and Letting It Go.
Medicine Buddha: This ancient and moving practice brings healing physically, mentally and spiritually to all. The beautiful chant and its rituals, including hand mudras and gazing at murtis of Medicine Buddha, cultivates well-being for us as practitioners and for those around us as well.
Walking Meditation: Go off cushion! We will discuss mindfulness during activity then put awareness into practice while walking at a slow pace and keeping our attention focused on the present as we move. This exercise helps us bring meditation into all areas of our lives.
Thich Naht Hahn: After listening to a recorded lecture by Buddhist teacher Thich Naht Hahn we will sit quietly, and then discuss.
World Peace Meditation: We will join with meditators around the world in this meditation meant to help us find peace in ourselves, then send it out to others. Combines guided with silent meditation. Enjoy our candlelit Christmas atmosphere.
Rudi: We will listen to a 15 minute lecture given by Swami Rudrananda in the 1970's then discuss and meditate. The lecture focuses on circular breathing, a meditation that helps open the chakras and clear away energy blocks.
Present Moment- we will discuss various techniques to increase mindfulness on and off the cushion, then we will put them into use to bring ourselves to the present as we sit quietly for 15-20 minutes. Practice being here now.
SPECIAL EVENT - Meditation class field trip! Instead of meeting at the yoga center, we'll meet in the Olin Theater Lobby of Washington and Jefferson College between 6:30 and 6:45pm for the Gaden Sartse Monastery of Tibet Sacred Arts Tour. The Tibetan Monks will be working on a sand mandala in the lobby all week, which will be on display. 7pm - 8:30 free lecture with the monks in the Olin Theater - World Peace and the Unity of all Religions, followed by Q&A.
Surrender Meditation - learn a meditation technique to help relax in the present moment, connect to our inner heart center, while letting go of negative thoughts and feelings.
For Mother's Day: we'll honor the divine mother. We'll celebrate the many manifestations of the goddess. Through meditation we will explore her attributes within ourselves. Bring your own sacred item (picture, statue, etc) that symbolizes the feminine for you.
The Sound of Om: Chant with us the sound of Om and meditate on its vibration within. The sound of Om is soothing and empowering. We will chant together for 10 minutes then with verbal cuing we will sit in quiet meditation for 15-20 minutes.
Guided Meditation: Join us for an evening of guided relaxation and breathing using guided imagery and verbal cueing, while lying comfortably on a yoga mat. We will be led through a meditation that allows us to let go of tension and create positive energy.