When: Saturday, October 1st, 9:30AM to 4:30PM
No pre-registration necessary, please arrive around 9:ooAM for set up.
This retreat will incorporate sequences of mindful Yoga practices in order to help our Buddhist practice of meditation – or any kind of meditation practice – to go deeper.
The yogic exercises we are using were developed by the Bihar School of Yoga in India, mainly PMA I and Yoga Nidra.
Along with periods of regular Buddhist meditation, we will do some simple movements in a slow manner. We will rest for about one minute after each (short) period of movements in order to absorb the full benefit of this yogic approach.
We will also explore Yoga Nidra, a tantric meditation, starting with a Body Scan in a particular order (starting with the right thumb) which dissolves tension and deeply relaxes the brain. Visualizations of the chakras with their symbolic image will follow, e.g., Muladhara, the first chakra, is associated with a red inverted triangle, i.e., with the tip of the triangle facing downward. We will visualize this triangle at its associated location in the body. We will do this with the seven major chakras.
What to wear: Comfortable clothing
What to bring: For some easy work on the floor, bring a sheet or your Yoga Mat if you have one. Please bring a lunch.
Note: Lunch will be for one hour or a little more to give time to eat slowly.
This retreat is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. All donations collected that day will be given to PBA.
Heidi has been a member of the Philadelphia Buddhist Association since 1999. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and has taught many different styles of Yoga in the past eleven years. She has applied the techniques used at this retreat frequently since 2004 – in her personal meditation practice and in teaching others.