August is a new month, and we have refreshed our schedule to accommodate summer days and busy weekends. Sundays at 9am we have a class called Yin and Zen. This class will invite you to do a few things each week:
- Commit to your Sunday morning routine. Roll out your mat, prepare your yoga props (blocks, blanket, pillows) and find a quiet place to spend an hour.
- Consider how/if COVID-19 is impacting your life. What changes have you seen? What changes are gone unnoticed? This introspective practice is a bridge between self-study and meditation.
- What is your purpose? What good can you do this week, on purpose?
We will begin class at 9am on Sundays in a comfortable seat, on a bolster or meditation pillow. We will take a few rounds of deep breathing to bring attention to our 5 senses and cultivate present moment awareness. As class goes on, I will guide you into variations of yoga poses that allow the muscles to relax, ligaments to get thicker and stronger, and decreases joint fragility. We will hold each pose for 3-5 minutes, giving time to allow gravity to take effect and time to pass, so that your body can relax and soften slowly to find a deeper sensation. We focus on our breath, and use the inhales and exhales to explore the sensations in the limbs, the head and the heart. This is a full-body-mind practice.
This month we are practicing metta meditation. The metta meditation helps cultivate loving-kindness towards yourself and others. Learn more about loving-kindness from Berkley.