In everyday life we react to situations from past experience, from the senses, from the instincts and these reactions rarely change, even though they may have been formed in childhood. How often we wish we could have acted differently, but how do we reach this level of calm, even of detachment, so that we are not so swayed by our emotions?
We have a higher mind which gives us creativity, intuition and a deeper sense of the self. It can allow us to see things from another perspective but we need to cultivate the sense of observing, standing back from raw emotion. Meditation allows us to step back from instinctive reaction and thought, and study how the individual mind works, enabling us to make choices of our own volition rather than knee jerk reactions. Meditation trains the mind to be still, observe and bring control to unruly thought. It helps us delve deeper and discover the very essence of the self. Practice is imperative, reading about it achieves nothing.
We offer six week Introduction to Meditation courses which will give you the tools to begin your journey to inner discovery. These guided one hour and fifteen minute sessions, taught by Claire Thomas, will introduce you to meditation in a simple and accessible way. No experience of yoga or meditation is necessary. Everything you need to know will be shared, and there will be time for questions and answers.
The sessions begin with gentle asana practice to loosen the body – to sit comfortably either on the floor or in a chair – and will include breath awareness (pranayama) practices, along with guided meditation. Hand-outs will be given each week to guide your home practice.
The course runs several times a year with classes lasting an hour and fifteen minutes. At the end of the course your are invited to join one of our Yoga & Meditation classes. We run two weekly Satyananda Yoga & Meditation classes on a Monday evening (for students with 9 months + yoga experience) and Tuesday morning (for complete beginners).
Please get in touch for our next course dates.