Type of Event
There is a certain power in group meditation.
Learn more about meditation and find a technique that works for you. Discover how yoga poses and breathwork can benefit your meditation practice. Sunday 11/30 and 12/14 from 1-3 pm. Cost is $40 per session or $70 for both sessions. All levels welcome.
Cost is $40 per session or $70 for both sessions. Register and pay online or register and pay at the door.
Session 1 (completed)
Ujjayi, Mary Catherine Gallagher pose, bellows breathe, Brahmari while closing off seven gates
In Ujjai breathing, the glottis is partially closed. The glottis is that part in the throat area that closes when you swallow, but which is open when you breath. When you partially close the glottis while breathing, you can hear a sound resonate from within, as well as feel a flow of air on the palate. A slightly different sound is heard on inhalation and exhalation.
During inhalation, one tightens the abdominal muscles very slightly, and during exhalation the abdominal muscles are used to exhale completely.
One feels the air and listens to the sound during the practice.
Brahmari: Brahmari means the "bee." In this practice the lips are closed, and you gently, smoothly make a sound like a buzzing bee in your throat. This simple practice is quite effective in making the breath smooth and allowing the mind to become quiet. You can feel the vibration of the sound in the areas of your throat, jaws, and mouth.
This practice is so straightforward and useful that it can be taught to anyone, regardless of their background. It is best done for 2-3 minutes.
• Around The room
• Asana (Practice to prepare for nidra)
There are a variety of practices with awareness moving up and down the spine with the breath. One may do this practice between particular energy centers (chakras) or form different shapes of the visualized flow, including elliptical or a figure-eight.
The most straight forward, and yet completely effective method is to:
• Imagine the breath flowing from the top of the head, down to the base of the spine on exhalation, and to
• Imagine the flow coming from the base of the spine to the top of the head on inhalation.
• This may be done lying down, or in a seated meditation posture.
One may simply experience the breath, or may be aware of a thin, milky white stream flowing in a straight line, up and down. This practice is very subtle when experienced at its depth, and can turn into a profoundly deep part of meditation practice.
Sometimes the breath practices along the spine are considered to be part of, one and the same with Kriya Yoga or Kundalini Yoga, as well as Raja Yoga or Hatha Yoga.