“Tapas means deep meditation, effort to achieve self-realization, sometimes involving solitude, hermitism or asceticism; it is derived from the word root tap which depending on context means “heat” from fire or weather, or blaze, burn, shine, penance, pain, suffering, mortification; OR a variety of small dishes, hot and cold, best accompanied by sangria.” WanderingYogi
We never seem to have enough time. Sometimes our heads are just above the metaphorical water. Learning to meditate helps us live our life to its fullest using our energy and not our time.
In the past, we have partnered with Laura Dobberstein Yoga, creating a space for weekly meditation sangha. If you are interested in creating a meditation sangha at your condo, indoors or outdoors, please let us know. We believe community-based sanghas have the best chance of helping us commit to our meditation practice and to grow from it.
“We need a community, we need to practice” Sangha participant
Meditation takes practice and a bit of knowledge. Our Sanghas are led by the sometimes irreverent Lee Carsley.
And from time to time other experienced meditation teachers, such as Yvonne, one of our regular teachers.
Haven’t much experience with meditation? Occasional? Done a workshop and haven’t done anything since?
Direct experience of the different types meditation and mindfulness is the best way to learn which aspects work for you, and why.
Meditation has loads of benefits, I don’t intend to talk about them here (read about them if you want). And there are loads of side benefits if you set up on, at your home or nearby. 1 – you get to choose when is the best time to meditate 2 – when you meditate with others in your community, you share in the experience and can also discuss it afterwards 3 – WY Sanghas do not prescribe one approach, so as you settle you may wish to follow one of the paths a little deeper, and we can help.
WanderingYogi Sanghas have one major purpose – to allow you to experiment, gain insight, and to learn peace.
“There is so much positive energy inside us. We waste or ignore much of it. Learning to access my inner ‘me’, has changed the outer ‘me’ for the better. It will do the same for you.” Lee Carsley, WanderingYogi.
What to expect?
Sangha meditation practice is usually in three parts. First part is preparation for meditation (including breath work, some yin based poses to help the body in meditation, some yoga nidra or similar), the second part is seated meditation practice of 20 minutes minimum. The third part is an opportunity to reflect on your experience within the group, and gain insight into what happened in your meditation.
Each week, practical tips on an aspect of meditation (seat, posture, breath, sound, best apps) are provided. We encourage sangha to practice at home.
Lee, the founder guide, has learnt her meditation from the Buddhist tradition (which is a big tent), but meditation works for anyone where care for our universe is critical, and the connecting to others gives us the real meaning in life.
Keeping groups safe (meaning free from judgment or negativity) usually means keeping them relatively small in numbers. We feel safe when we know each other, not when we do not know each other. So we recommend no more than 5-6 people in a community sangha, when you first start off. They can grow much larger when the connection begins to ‘heat up’.
Our fee covers the time of the meditation teacher. We usually arrive about 15 minutes before and stay for about 15 minutes after.
$140 for an hour – (minimum of 4 people, maximum 6 people) we recommend a commitment to at least 5 sangha gatherings, once a week. Great news for ANZA Yogis, if you would like to set up a meditation group in your home, your fee is $120 for the hour.