February 12 to March 26, 2019 • 7:15 to 8:30 pm

Yoga’s Qualities of the Heart: Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy and Equanimity

The brahma viharas are qualities of the heart recognized in Yoga and in Buddhist practice. Brahma vihara means “divine abode.” The brahma viharas are seen as places we can live, places we can come from—qualities of mind and heart we can practice and cultivate. This course will introduce you to practices that cultivate each of the brahma viharas—kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity—and will give you the tools to weave these qualities into your life.

Fees: $115 for the 7-week course

Location: Mindful Yoga Collective, 223 South 700 East, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, February 26 to April 30, 2019 • 3:00 to 4:00 pm

(No class during spring break at the university, March 12)

Mindfulness at the UMFA

Explore the reimagined galleries of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) as we seek to find stillness within ourselves. Practice slow and mindful looking at artwork as well as traditional, guided meditation. This free meditation practice is perfect for beginners—everyone is welcome.

Mondays, April 22 to May 20 • 7:15 to 8:30 pm

Settling the Mind 

“Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.” — 1.2 Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

The original purpose of Hatha Yoga (the physical practice of yoga, combined with breathing practices) is to prepare the body for meditation. In this course, we will practice gentle asana and pranayama (breathing practice) designed to calm the nervous system and unwind tension, especially in the hips, legs and spine. These practices will help deepen our experience of meditation.

After our Hatha Yoga practice, we will then practice Insight meditation with some verbal guidance, as well as plenty of silent time. Insight Meditation is a mindfulness-based practice. Mindfulness practice teaches us how to see and be with our lives as they are. We learn to be present with our thoughts, emotions and conditioned patterns. When we become aware of the thoughts, emotions and patterns that “catch” us, we realize we have the power to transform those patterns that no longer serve us. In the process of dismantling our perceptions, we begin to see more clearly into the inspiring truth of who we really are. Mindfulness is for everyone seeking to live a more peaceful, harmonious life.

To register, contact Charlotte at 801-355-2617 or charlottebell@earthlink.net