Meditation is the quiet, one-pointed focus of attention and awareness on one thing. It is the nature of the mind to always be involved with a rapid series of thoughts. Meditation can help us establish a healthy relationship with this wayward child called mind. Meditation can even help us to become aware of the reality beyond the mind: the immortal soul.
With our busy lives, we know full well how to “do”, but we, more often than not, do not know how to “be”. When we tap into the stillness that meditation can provide, our lives become more serene, creative, and fulfilling. We can develop the capacity to improve our health, our relationships, and our skill in performing our everyday activities with the simple mindfulness inherent in the meditation practice. Meditation is the source of the mindfulness practice.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION?
- Develop Mindfulness!
- Helps relax muscle tension and the autonomic nervous system.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Provides freedom from mental stress.
- Aids emotional balance.
- Decreases the need for sleep
- Enhances creativity
- Develops a tranquil mind
LEARNING MEDITATION IS MINDFULNESS!
try to meditate after reading books but don’t
generally succeed. This is because the method may not be systematic
and because there is no teacher to provide proper instruction in
mindful breathing, relaxation, proper posture and, most
importantly, working with the mind. Taking a class will allow you
the opportunity to be observed and corrected where needed, and to
have your questions answered.
Inner Peace Yoga Center provides such systematic instruction in the mindful practice of meditation. Classes are taught by center founders Charles Crenshaw, M.S., M.Div.W and Carol Crenshaw, M.S. Charles and Carol have been practicing meditation for over thirty years each and teaching for over twenty years each, were directly trained by the renowned meditation master, and master of yoga science Sri Swami Rama. They are the authors of EFT for Meditation a book on meditation as it is taught traditionally and Emotional Freedom Techniques.
INCLUDED IN THE MEDITATION WORKSHOP:
This workshop will cover the basics needed to start a mindful meditation practice:
- Breathing And Relaxation Exercises.
- Being Mindful of Posture.
We will discuss:
- The Benefits Of Meditation and Mindfulness.
- Philosophy Of Meditation.
- How To Work With The Mind.
- Prayer and/or Mantra?
- Setting Up A Daily Meditation Practice.
Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of “core work.” Whether you experience any of these conditions, or are just plain curious about this region of the body, this workshop is for you:
*lower back, hip or groin problems
*discomfort during sex or while using tampons
*skin irritation *leak when laughing or sneezing
* have to go the bathroom too often
* pre and post pregnancy
This workshop we will locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen and exercise the muscle groups of the pelvic floor, discuss mula bandha, abdominal health and how to utilize the pelvic floor in asana. Part one of the workshop will begin with anatomy, lecture and discussion, followed by subtle experiential movements to awaken your understanding of this often ignored area. Part two will be two yoga practices for hypertonic and hypotonic pelvic floors. The protocol is similar to the classes taught in the UCSF studies. A series of specific exercises and asanas for the pelvic floor will follow. Handouts will be provided. Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters. Although helpful, no yoga experience is required. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.
*or those who identify as women
Bio: Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation. She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers, notably Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain. To learn more about Leslie, visit:www.lesliehowardyoga.com