Meditation—the practice of inner exploration—has been used for millennia to help us manage the complexities of our minds and emotions. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, yoga is defined as mastering the modifications of the mind. While all the limbs of yoga practice are needed to create this mastery, meditation shines as the mental balm in turbulent times.
In the world of yoga, meditation has long been considered mind-body medicine—it increases calmness, induces physical relaxation, improves mood, eases pain, and promotes well-being. Meditation can reveal a safe haven inside each of us even in the most challenging times.
Scientific research shows evidence of the profound benefits of this practice both for our bodies and our minds. Dr. Herbert Benson, speaking at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in 2008, said “You as psychologists can use the mind like you would use a drug. This should empower you in your practices.” This is true for each of us not just mental health professionals. The blossoming science of neuroplasticity shows that each of us can use our minds through the practice of meditation to improve our mood while changing the structure and function of our brain.
In this program you will:
- Learn how the mind and body connect
- Experience the potent healing properties of the breath
- Understand the power of group meditation practice and collective consciousness
- Explore the relaxation-resiliency connection
- Practice self-directed neuroplasticity through practicums and guided practices
- Enliven your personal practice with online group practice
- Deepen your home practice with the empowering wisdom reflected in Swami Rama’s statement: “Conquer the world within you and you have conquered the entire world.”
Online sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday April 28, 7:30–8:45pm and ending Thursday May 14, 7:30–8:45pm.