Meditation Mondays- Contemplating the yamas, June 5- July 17, 2023, 12-12.45 PM EST
Join us for a 5-week series of meditations as we contemplate on each of the five yamas prescribed by the Yoga Sutras, through a guided mudra-based meditation and a journaling practice.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali offer the first comprehensive guidelines to the systematic practice of yoga through the eight limbs (ashtanga) culminating in the state of samadhi (union/dissolution of the sense of separation). If considered in a hierarchical manner, the yamas consitute the first limb of the ashtanga and refer to practices of self control. The five yamas are ahimsa (non-harming), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (celibacy) and aparigraha (non-attachment).
How do we relate to these timeless values and how may we practice them in our lives, both on the mat and off of the mat? These are some of the questions we will reflect on in this series. Please note that we will be taking a break on Juneteenth (June 19) and July 3 (July 4th long weekend).
Mindfulness and Meditation Tuesdays, May 2, 16 and 30, 2023, 12-12.45 PM EST
Join us for a centering practice of meditation inspired by the teachings of yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. These meditations are free for all and are sponsored by Smithsonian's National Museum Of Asian Art.
Online Art-inspired Meditation @ The Phillips Collection, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 12.45-1.45 PM EST
Art has the power to move us deeply and when combined with the practices of meditation and mindfulness could help us explore these inner experiences from the place of a witness. Each week, our meditation practice is inspired by a work of art from the museum’s permanent collection. This practice will be followed by a spotlight talk, presented by museum educator, Kathleen Foster .
Image: Untitled, Ching Ho Cheng, 1985, Charoal and grahite on two pieces of paper, 42 1/2 in x 72 1/2 in, Gift of the Ching Ho Cheng Estate, 2018. The Phillips Collection
Online Art-inspired Meditation @ Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, Friday, June 2, 2023, 12 PM
Art has the power to move us deeply and when combined with the practices of meditation and mindfulness could help us explore these inner experiences from the place of a witness. Each week, our meditation practice is inspired by a work of art from the museum’s permanent collection. The practice is often followed by a spotlight talk by a museum educator.
Image: Royal pen case with Nasir Al-Din Shah enthroned and rulers from the Shahnama (S2014.17.65 a-b), Watercolor, gold-colored pigments and lacquer on pasteboard, 1897, 1 13/16 in x 1 7/8 in x 9 1/2 in., Isfahan or Teheran, Iran, Near East Islamic Art Collection of the Arthur M Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
Online Restorative Yoga @ Yoga District, Sunday, 2.45-3.45 PM
Restorative yoga involves the practice of meditative poses in which the body is supported with props and held for extended periods of time. We’d be using yoga blocks, blankets, bolster and strap.
You can easily substitute these with: shoe boxes, hardcover books, extra firm pillows for blocks; cord, belt, sarong, detachable purse strap for yoga strap; rolled up yoga mats and pillows for bolster. Additional support can be brought in using a light-weighted chair and wall.
This practice emphasizes conscious relaxation, thereby facilitating calm, restfulness that helps regenerate our mind-body.
Online Yoga Nidra @ Yoga District, Sunday, 4-5 PM
The class applies guided meditation techniques, breath awareness, guided imagery to enter Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, as an ancient meditation to transform, heal, transcend and inspire. Typically you can set an intention toward yourself to help keep the mind centered and focused, but you can also just come and get relaxed and happy!