MIND ARTS CLASS DESCRIPTION
Meditation, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Visualization, Restorative Yoga, Lucid Dreaming, Nutrition, Ayurveda, 81 Facets of the Mind, Energy Anatomy, and The Artist's Way. We offer Mind Arts classes in 8, 12, and 16 week semester formats.
NUTRITION FOR A YOGI
This online program is limited to 15 students. Participation in the online program includes:
A 30-45 minute phone call each Wednesday night at 7:30pm (with the exception of 12/25/19)
Weekly email check-ins
Required reading prior to the weekly phone call
Your best effort in implementing an increasingly narrow dietary plan for the eight week duration of the course.
January 7th- February 25th, 2020
In this course you will learn about the subtle body as well as its counterparts in the physical body. Components of the energy body that will be covered are the chakras, vayus and nadis. Chakra means wheel. Vayu means wind. Nadi means channel. Chakras are vortexes of energy, each of which contains an archetypal energy, that corresponds with the endocrine system. Nadis correspond with the nervous system. Vayus correspond with the digestive, eliminatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal and nervous system. Over the course of this eight week course you will not only receive an education around each of these systems, you will also learn practices to keep them healthy and vital.
8 Week Course Begins October 7th, 2019
Meditation is the process of going within. It is taking one-pointed concentration and limiting the amount of thoughts during the process. As we deepen this process, concentration moves into meditation, which is direct experience of the object concentrated on. This may sound complicated, but using classical, Ashtanga yoga techniques will help you gain results faster. Through sense withdrawal and pranayama exercises, the meditator will have the tools to neutralize thoughts in the mind and experience a different reality within. By going within, meditation will not only affect the meditators inner life, but will affect the outer life as well. Many studies are published about reduced anxiety and nervousness, increased thickness of gray matter in the brain, and feelings of positivity and happiness throughout the day.
BHAGAVAD GITA AND THE YOGA SUTRAS
We hold the study of Holy Works in the highest regard and endeavor to see threads through all of them in universal themes, anecdotes, and teachings. The Bhagavad Gita looks at how the journey and teachings of Krishna are applicable to the modern person. The interpretations we use are meant to be applicable to everyday life. They are meant to uplift the student and expand the mind in creative ways. The Yoga Sutras looks at Patanjali's definitive work on Yoga. Detailed steps are given for those who wish to prepare themselves in experiencing Samadhi, or Superconsiousness.
8 Week Course Begins in Spring 2020
Visualization is the holding of one image or a series of images with the mind. It is not stagnant for we’re dealing with something subtle, thoughts. Each moment we have the opportunity to direct our attention where we want it through our willpower. Each moment is an individual picture in mind. Even the holding of one image is a series of the same image. By holding the same frame, the same image, the mind is redirected inward. This is the key to understanding the desires we have as individuals. Through practice, we can learn how the visualization process works, how to manifest what we want, and take action steps to live a fulfilling life.
8 Week Course Begins Summer 2020
Have you ever been dreaming and become aware that you were dreaming? How did this feel? What did you do? Did you fly, move through walls, talk to old relatives or did you wake up as soon as you became lucid? To be lucid in a dream symbolizes the ability to be lucid in waking life. Lucid dreaming is also a skill that can be learned. Some of the most ancient cultures teach their children this art with the hopes they will better know themselves. Lucid dreaming is not a common experience. Often, people have never heard of it. This course will give you tools to make lucid dreaming a spiritual practice.
MEDITATION & RESTORATIVE YOGA
8 Week Course Begins October 10th, 2019
An 8 week series taught by Gabrielle Douglas, E-RYT 500. This class combines Restorative Yoga and Meditation to help individuals deeply relax, relieve stress, and connect to the body and the breath. Stretches will be gentle with the support of props beneath you. This helps us reduce tension and pain.
THE ARTIST'S WAY
12 Week Course Begins January 6th, 2020
The Artist's Way is more than a book by Julia Cameron. It is a life-changing 12 week course that will breath life into your innermost creative side. It will also help you develop spiritual practices such as meditation, facing fears, writing (lots of it), and interacting with your inner child. Incredible in scope and depth, be prepared for a journey you will look back on and say, "There, that's when I discovered what I was capable of."
THE AYURVEDA WAY
8 Week Course Begins Summer 2020
Let your mind and body THRIVE through time tested habits that improve energy, cultivate inner alignment, and aid you to create the life you want.
A One Day Workshop on December 8th
Chakra means "wheel." It is a vortex of energy which when unlocked supports the cultivation of a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. Though there are 114 minor chakras in the body, there are 7 major chakras held within the central spinal energy channel- sushumna.
We will focus on how our chakras develop in childhood, various personality patterns and pain points that arise due to trauma and imbalance, and finally how we can align them as adults.
We will begin by learning about the basis of the chakras, the human energy body comprised of chakras, nadis and vayus. Then we will experience each chakra through information, movement, meditation, breathwork and self-reflection exercises.
Students will walk away with practical application points both physically and psychologically. This workshop will primarily draw from three texts: Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith, Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Miss and Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Kalsa, M.D.