Yoga is bringing the fluctuations of the mind into stillness.
Patanjali, Yoga Sutra, I.2
Many people in the West tend to associate Yoga almost exclusively with the physical activities of asana practice. However, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the classical scripture on yoga indicates that yoga is stilling the mind. This simple sounding task can be quite a challenge. Any person who has ever attempted to observe his or her mind knows that our minds are generally restless and that just sitting still for a few minutes is more difficult that one would expect. It is generally agreed that consistent practice of asana improves our general health, strength and flexibility while, at the same time, improving our ability to concentrate and to keep our mind focused. These are the preliminary steps to facilitate meditation.
What is Meditation?
Meditation can be defined as the systematic observation and integration of all aspects of our being. Another way of understanding meditation is as a practice of concentrated focus upon
a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention
itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce
stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
Consistent meditation results in numerous physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits, including improved breathing, lower stress, reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, greater peace of mind, more acute sense of purpose and clarity and self-reliance. In addition, meditation is simple to do and has no negative side effects.
Meditation is the ultimate technique and at the core
of all Yoga practices. This is part of Yoga’s system for
waking up to your essence/potential.
At St. Petersburg Yoga, we currently offer two meditation classes specifically designed to help people with little or no prior meditation experience become familiar with a variety of meditation techniques they can practice at home. In addition, we offer a Yoga Nidra Deep Relaxation class that is an excellent introduction to meditation.
||6:30 - 8:30 PM
||Meditation & Applied Philosophy
||6:00 - 7:05
||Yoga Nidra - Deep Relaxation
In our classes, our experienced meditation teachers create a welcoming environment where students can share their experiences and ask for guidance with any questions that may have emerged in their own meditation practice.
Experience a deeper connection to your essence!