The Urban Monk – Meditation Workshops

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWanderingYogi has spent the past 30 years exploring all major types of meditation on her path to samadhi. From buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas and Thailand, to yogis in Australia, Singapore, India and the US,  I believe I have managed to sort the massive breadth of knowledge about what makes meditation work for the everyday into digestible pieces for those of us who are curious, on the path.

Given my background before a yoga teacher, I like to think I can teach in a way that is not the usual big training manual, and loads of talking up front by a ‘figurehead’.  Like all real learning, it does take personal discipline and self-awareness, too!

Our Urban Monk Series has been developed listening to what other yoginis and meditators really want to learn and to practice.

There are four basic elements for a successful meditation ‘seat’ (breath, focus, posture, and mental attitude). I include stuff like good sleep, diet, full body movement (like yoga), and a healthy mind set in all my workshops.  Then there is the type of path you might be following – deep or wide.  Wide covers those aspects of mindfulness without the spiritual aspects, and deep includes those that do (such as happiness meditation, metta meditation). And there is those esoteric elements  – the mallas, chanting, mudras, singing bowls, crystals.

WanderingYogi has 3 workshops/events in the Urban Monk Series.

Tapas for Everyday Meditation

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This is a regular weekly meditation group.  For one hour, we prepare ourselves, meditate and take the opportunity for personal self reflection. A different approach or style of meditation each week.  Sometimes outdoors, and mostly in an open sided sala. Details of when are publicised in our newsletter. You can click here to register for the current session.  Each session looks at one or two of the basic elements of successful meditation. Sort of like a tune-up.

“I really need the weekly practice to help me stay focussed when I practice on my own. ” (WY meditation feedback)

Is this for me?

Suitable for beginners to advanced meditators, who want to centre their practice around a group meditation.  My meditation master said to me, ‘find a master, find a sangha, find yourself.’  It involves personal experimentation, as the essential source of self-discovery.   No self-disclosure or group healing involved, except accidentally.  LOL.

Breathe to Thrive – Breath and Meditation Workshop

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Breath is the first thing that connects you to this world, and the last thing that helps you pass on.  So vital, yet we only breath about 20% of our capacity for air.  When we breathe, we also take in energy (prana).  We need practice in firing up our pre-frontal cortex with a natural boundless form of energy (forget coffee, well maybe not forget it, but replace a few with this).

A series of 4 sessions where I guide you in the energetic breath practices of meditation, drawn from Zen, Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhist traditions, and Indian yogic traditions.

I also cover some the essentials, such as how to sit, managing your energy in meditation, creating the space for focus.

Details of when and where these workshops are held can be found on WY Facebook Page

“Informative, insightful, great meditation voice, and a sense of humour “(WY meditation workshop feedback)

Is this for me?

If you are just starting out in your practice, or are finding that you are ‘zoning’ out when you do.

Malas, Mudras and Mantras

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Tantric meditation often involves the recitation of major stories of buddhist dieties. Monks choose a deity and then visualise themselves as that deity.  This is up at Dharmashala, the Gyoto Monks of Tibet franchise outlet (lol). Dropped in and stood out like a sore thumb (being a woman).  They were so polite.

Hardcore meditators explorer class.  Over three weeks, 1 hour a week, we learn about each, practice meditation incorporating at least two different styles of their use. A little pre-reading, because at this point, your practice has made you extremely curious.

Is this for me?

Experienced meditators who have had those ‘unusual’ experiences in meditation.  You are curious about what is happening in the meditation, to you, and to your life (‘cos a lot will be happening at this point).

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