Settling the Mind
Mondays, April 23 through May 21, 2018 • 7:15 to 8:30 pm
Mindful Yoga Collective • 223 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, UT
“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 the 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.