An Experiential Journey Into Meditation Techniques

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Each class will focus on a meditation technique from various traditions. We will explore the use of breathing, postures, chanting, affirmations and visualizations in different combinations in order for participants to have a full experience of the impact of each technique on them Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually. The goal of each meditation session is to provide an environment where active participation in the techniques allows this evaluation in order to determine its value as a daily practice. These sessions are designed for meditators of all levels, including beginners, who are interested in study and practice of meditation techniques from various traditions.
PLEASE BRING A JOURNAL OR WRITING PAD. Meditating on a daily basis is proven to improve Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual (Mental), and Emotional well-being. Typical benefits derived by participants include the following:
* Reduced stress and emotional reactivity
* Better overall brain function and improved memory retrieval
* Improved sleep
* Increased self-awareness
* More intimate relationship with one’s higher Self
* Increased energy levels, focus and concentration
* Improved psychological and spiritual health
* Increased peace, happiness, kindness and compassion towards all life

In each session, we will follow a similar structure
* Breathing exercise: 5 minutes
* “Self check-in” and journaling: 5 minutes
* Various meditation technique overview: 5 minutes
* Meditation: 15-30 minutes
* “Self check-in” and journaling: 5-15 minutes
* Session Recap: 5 – 10 minutes

From February 20-April 24th a 10 class series will be held. This may be purchased by non-members as a whole series for $100 ($10 per class) (Always free to Rise Members).

Body Scan

A body scan is a popular guided meditation that brings gentle focus to the body in a way that results in the release of tension. This process leaves you with a sense of being more present, calm and balanced, and it strengthens mental focus. It can be done while seated or laying down. Over time this practice helps us live more comfortably in our body, and not just "in our head".

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Find out when the next Body Scan class is happening!

Boost Your Creativity

Maryam will teach this lunchtime class to give an opportunity to relax and learn over a meal that you bring, or as you enjoy a tea we provide. She brings a creative twist to a variety of topics that will inspire and improve your daily experience of life in some way.

During the Mind-Fit Challenge, she will teach on 2 topics:

1- EFT (emotional Freedom Technique), also known as tapping. A quick and simple self-treatment to remove negative thoughts and emotions.

2 - Mandalas for fun and insight!

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Carpe Diem Dance

Carpe Diem Dance is the creation of  Lisa Jackson. It is a confluence of her years of study in holistic health practices and her decades of yoga practice. She combines fluid movement and yoga principles with music into a complete practice. It is a fun, non-intimidating way to experience exercise that benefits the heart, brain and soul while allowing creative expression through movement. It’s a great way to feel vital and energized.

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Energy Balancing Meditation

This will be an opportunity to experience and explore your subtle body or energy field. Even if you have no idea what that is, the grounding and balancing of these guided meditations is beneficial. With practice, perception increases, and we become efficient in using these techniques to maintain focus and remain in our own frequency rather than being disrupted by surrounding people and events.

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Fascia Fusion

Fascia is far more interesting than you realize. This connective tissue that surrounds every single cell of your body is responsible for living a flexible and pain-free life. This class teaches myofascial movements and self-massage techniques for freeing your fascia, restoring elasticity to your body, and bringing ease to your joints and tissues. Students will learn to release tightness and tension and leave class feeling lighter, looser, and refreshed! WORK-OUT CLOTHES OPTIONAL. WORK-CLOTHES FRIENDLY CLASS.

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Happiness Coaching: Better Sleep-Better you!

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One in three adults complains of insomnia at some point in their lives. Prolonged lack of sleep can result in weight gain, lowered immune function, diabetes, poor mood, reduced attention span, diminished judgement and problem- solving skills and impaired alertness with resultant safety issues. Persons at greatest risk for insomnia include those with a family history of insomnia, age over 60, female gender, persons with medical and psychological problems and persons experiencing states of anxiety, stress or depression.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is currently the first line treatment for insomnia as recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In this one hour lecture ,

“ Finding Relief From Insomnia” we will explore:

What defines Insomnia?

What is normal sleep?

How is sleep affected by aging?

What common conditions and substances are associated with causing insomnia?

What are the most effective treatments for insomnia?

Heart Meditation

Meditation for the development of compassion and non-judgmental awareness. The attention will be guided to the qualities and sensation of the heart. In this practice we will focus on developing compassion both for ourselves and others. This cultivates the capacity to meet the entirety of your experience with ease and grace.

When you attend this group you can expect to experience the following:

* The support of like-minded people, who are also exploring the path of mindfulness/meditation, whether novices or long time practitioners

* A dedicated specific time for formal meditation and inquiry

* An opportunity to ask important questions, and to participate in shared dialogue with others

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Insight Meditation

In this practice we cultivate techniques for connecting to our own innate capacity for greater clarity, calm and concentration. We will focus on cultivating and strengthening tools of concentration to support a life of embodied presence, emotional regulation, and higher cognitive functioning.

When you attend this group you can expect to experience the following:

* The support of like-minded people, who are also exploring the path of mindfulness/meditation, whether novices or long time practitioners

* A dedicated specific time for formal meditation and inquiry

* An opportunity to ask important questions, and to participate in shared dialogue with others

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Mindfulness Meditation

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Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that involves focusing your mind on experiences, such as body sensations, emotions, and breathe in the present moment. It is simply the act of paying attention to whatever you are experiencing, as you experience it.

By choosing to turn your attention away from the everyday chatter of the mind to what your body is doing, the mind is able to gently quiet with practice.

Mindfulness meditation can involve breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and muscle and body relaxation.