The path to Samadhi
Sānanda samādhi, also known as “supreme bliss“, or “with ecstasy“, is the third level of the four samādhi described in the Yoga Sutras 1:17 by Patanjali. Sānanda: sa- means “with”, ananda means joy, bliss.
Let’s get there and beyond, and each of us have their “path”, we respect that, and offer these options:
- We have daily meditation and yogic philosophy classes, 10 AM daily
- We have weekly walking or dancing meditation. Saturdays 5PM (always check our schedule before)
- We partner with Art of Living™ to provide solid workshops based on breathing and mindfulness
- We provide a introduction of Vipassana in November. Every week, we make a introduction of this technique, a small Anapana
Ānāpānasati (āna-apāna-sati, word pāli) means attention to the breath.
In Theravada Buddhism, the breath is the most common meditation object when it comes to calming the mind, by practicing meditation “samatha bhavana”. Breath is always present in any living being, and this phenomenon is sometimes consciously, sometimes not, which seems to be the two reasons for its popularity.
Attention to the breath is also popular in the practice of “Vipassana” meditation. For example, Mahasi Sayadaw uses attention to the movements of the abdomen due to breathing as the starting point of vipassana meditation, without seeking a particular concentration (Dhyāna). However, ānāpānasati is the technique to access the altered states of consciousness that are the Dhyanas.
Our teachers guide you through improving your meditation practice with such methods as Pranayama (breathing), wakling or dancing meditation, Yoga Nidra. Each teacher will share their experience and dialog with you on your preference and tailor with you a way to reach that inner peace.
Meditation works, we are beyond proving that this is one of the few practices which naturally appeases our mind, rewires is potentially, helps us better ourselves, helps us take better decisions. There are many benefits to be gained, and it really takes minutes of your day to get there.
ART OF LIVING Workshop Contents
The Art of Living Happiness Program And Sri Sri Yoga Program spans a few hours daily, over three consecutive days.
Some of the techniques we teach
Yoga nidra is a practise of experiencing “Yogi Sleep”, its a state of mind where your are fully conscious whilst being fully relaxed. It is said that one nidra practice equals 4 hours of sleep. Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation that isn’t found in your average meditation practice. It is practised by lying down on a mat and using as many props, pillows or other mats, as necessary and by listening to the teachers voice.
Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to physical sensations. In this class we give students a focal point to return to when their minds wander by reminding them to turn their attention to their breath periodically. All those who try it will find Vipassana to be invaluable to achieve and share real happiness with others.
Taken by its name, Zazen is a seated meditation practice, which is generally done sitting on a pillow, mat or on a chair. It is of importance to keep the right posture, in this case a completely straight back, and you may do so by using further support from additional pillows. In this practice, however, eyes are generallly kept open to avoid drowsiness. Like many meditation, it is focused on breath, some chanting and buddhist teachings. Zen meditation will get easier over time, as it’s a discipline that can be learned with practice.
Mantra meditations are usually started by chanting an Om, the sound of the universe, before turning to your own set intentions and mantras. To get into the meditation, some people prefer to chant their mantra, others continue silently.
An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning “truth is my identity.” The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Kundalini is an energy that lies around the bottom of your spine and can be awakened (It is often visualised as a snake). People can have an energy shift that awakens levels of perceptions and activate chakras for a while.
Also knows as a loving-kindness meditation. Metta is first practiced toward oneself, since we often have difficulty loving others without first loving ourselves. After a period of directing loving-kindness toward yourself, bring to mind a friend or someone in your life who has deeply cared for you. As you continue the meditation, you can bring to mind other friends, neighbors, acquaintances, strangers, animals, and finally people with whom you have difficulty.