June 04, 2015
Summer Meditation Series
Summer Yoga and Meditation Series
Sara Lazar PhD is a Nueroscientist at Mass General Hospital and a Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is conducting research on how yoga and meditation impact the brain and body, how the brain and the body interact with one another and how meditation influences the interaction between those two.She uses MRI to look at brain activity and detailed brain structures. People lie on the scanner and meditate and she sees what part of the brain is active.Her findings indicate that the brain can influence the body at a cellular level. Long term meditators have an increased amount of gray matter in a few areas of the brain that will enhance your senses as well as improve your working memory and executive decision making skills. Sara states, “It is well-documented that our cortex shrinks as we get older but in the region of the prefrontal cortex, 50 year old mediators had the same amount of gray matter as 25-year-olds.” Her studies show differences in brain volume after just 8 weeks of meditation practice.
Sara reinforces what I know to be true. Meditation seems to be beneficial for most people and the most important thing to do is to find a good teacher as meditation is simple but also complex. You have to understand what’s going on in your mind. “A good teacher is priceless,” says Sara.
Sara has been meditating for 20 years now and finds it to be very grounding, has reduced stress, helps her to think more clearly, it's great for interpersonal interactions and she has more empathy and compassion for people.
My summer meditation series meets on Wednesday evenings beginning June 17th through August 5th 2015 from 7:15-8:15 PM to learn and practice yoga and meditation together. The series will cover meditation basics, anapanasati meditation (meditation on the breath) and walking meditation. The non-refundable series cost is $120 payable by cash or check made out to "Barbara Templeton". Please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Your reservation is confirmed upon receipt of the series payment which you may send or drop off at my home. We meet at my home in Redding which is located at 7 Hill Rd. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com or call me at 949.338.3793 for more information or to reserve your space.
Space is limited.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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April 10, 2015
Breathing Yoga Meditation and Yoga Series Spring 2015
One of the results of meditation practice is the transformation of self-preoccupation into inclusive, open, connected awareness. We can easily go from morning until night engrossed in worries: “What do they think of me? Does he like me? Am I winning?” This habitual state of disconnection leaves us feeling uncertain, afraid, and often exhausted. Practices of ethics, meditation, generosity, and service shift this anxious tendency toward broader engagement and eventually become, in and of themselves, the manifestations of a liberated mind.
- Sharon Salzberg, "In the Spirit of Service"
Redding too far? I am happy to come to your location to teach private or group lessons designed to meet your individual needs. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your yoga and/or meditation session.
Special Offer-The first new student to contact me and mention this newsletter will receive a complimentary yoga and/or meditation lesson.
Spring is a time of new beginnings. I know that I'm feeling change in the air. Change is a given and meditation is a tool to support us.
The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
Building skills to manage your stress
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions
We will meet on Thursday evenings beginning April 23rd through June 11th 2015 from 7:15-8:15 PM to learn and practice meditation together. The series will cover meditation basics, anapanasati meditation (meditation on the breath) and an introduction to Metta (lovingkindness) meditation. The non-refundable series cost is $120 payable by cash or check made out to "Barbara Templeton". Please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Your reservation is confirmed upon receipt of the series payment which you may send or drop off at my home. We meet at my home in Redding which is located at 7 Hill Rd. Feel free to call me at 949.338.3793 for more information or to reserve your space. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April the 22nd.
I am also offering a Yoga Series and would love to have you join! Here are the details.....
1. No experience is required-all levels of yoga experience are welcome
2. During this 8 week series students will practice asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) to provide steadiness, focus and calmness.
3. The series will be held from 6:15-7:30 PM at Breathing Yoga at 7 Hill Rd. in Redding, CT. Classes will begin on Tuesday, April the 28th and run for 8 sessions through June the 16th.
4. The series cost is $160. Payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable. There will be no make up classes. If a student misses a class the cost of the class may be applied toward a private lesson. (see www.breathingyoga.com for private lesson rates)
5. Space is limited and students may register on a first come first served basis-registration deadline is Monday, April the 27th.
Contact me at email@example.com or
949.338.3793 to register.
Please feel free to pass this message on to any student who may be interested. I look forward to hearing from you.
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