Yoga for Meditation
Yoga for Meditation, formally Wednesday Morning Meditation, explores the way different Yoga techniques shape the experience of meditation.. Each month is dedicated to a specific set of Yoga techniques (movement, breath & sound) and paired with a particular focus of meditation for the entire month. Each month is a new, in-depth exploration of the relationship between Yoga, its tools, and Meditation.
Meditation is the true heart of Yoga. It is the pinnacle practice for which Yoga’s other techniques are preparing us. Meditation has the power to heal, illuminate, and give insight. It can empower us with new capacities and strengths, and it is essentially connected to who we are at our core.
However, quieting the mind, focusing the attention and continuing to remain open to the present is challenging without proper preparation. The role of Yoga is to properly prepare the mind and body for meditation. Physical postures (āsana), conscious breathing (prāṇāyāma) and other tools like chanting are meant to be practiced before meditating because they change our state, preparing the body to sit and the mind to be consistently, openly, focused. Moreover, different techniques influence the mind in different ways.
If you are new to studying with us, we also recommend our Understanding Meditation online course. This short, pre-recorded class explains the what, why and how of meditation in six straightforward and understandable, yet profound classes. It also includes example experiences and will greatly enhance your experience within the Yoga for Meditation class.
What You Will Learn
Practiced appropriately, meditation helps us develop a calm, deep and stable focus that results in uncommon insight and a returning back into our most authentic selves. These are core elements of developing and maintaining balance and a positive state of wellbeing as well as incredibly rewarding and interesting experiences.
Through regular participation in this class, you will learn:
- How to meditate,
- What preparations and Yoga tools best support you and your practice,
- Experientially how to recognize meditation experiences, including what is and is not helpful for you.
- How meditation works
- How meditation influences you and your life
- How different preparations and tools support and shape the experience you have in meditation.
Begins: Immediately upon signing up
Date/Time: Live class every Wednesday morning at 7am PT for 30 minutes; Video library of past 12 month’s classes available on-demand.
Duration: Ongoing (subscription)
Location: Online video conference (zoom)
Teacher: Chase Bossart
Cost Investment: $49 monthly subscription
What Happens in the Class
Join us each Wednesday morning for a live, 30-minute, guided meditation. Our Executive Director, Chase Bossart, begins with a few simple preparations. Usually this is 2 or 3 of a wide variety of Yoga tools including: āsana, prāṇāyāma and/or mantra. After the preparation, there is a directed focus meditation.
Each month, there is a new focus and a new set of techniques preparing for the meditation. Over the course of the month the techniques and focus evolve which facilitates a really interesting exploration of both that set of Yoga techniques as well as the meditations that resulted afterward.
Focuses range from objects (ex. oak trees or pure streams), to sounds and sensations (ex. a mantra or a bodily sensation), to concepts and reflections, and beyond.
Over time, with regular participation, you will learn a lot about meditation and discover even more about yourself.
I am thankful for feeling peaceful.
We did a meditation using 4 phases of the moon…The movement & prāṇāyama really quieted my mind & allowed a new acceptance of a current life circumstance for me… I am thankful for feeling peaceful, allowing solutions to arise without forcing them.
Who This Course is For
- People who want to feel centered and grounded by a regular meditation practice
- Yoga students wanting to expand their practice experiences
- Yoga Teachers looking to deepen their understanding of meditation
- Anyone looking to grow with a community of like-minded meditation students and an experienced teacher
- Spiritual seekers
Executive Director of the Yoga Well Institute, Chase has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, eastern philosophy and religion for nearly 30 years.
In 1991, as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India, Chase took a semester-long course on Yoga Theory with Mr. TKV Desikachar that essentially set the direction for the rest of his life. He became a private student of Mr. Desikachar, who was his mentor and teacher for 20+ years. During that time, he spent a total of four and a half years in Chennai studying with him, his family and his senior teachers. He also had the opportunity to serve as a teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. From 2006-2012, he was the Director of Therapy and Education at the non-profit Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco.
His depth of knowledge on yoga and meditation are shared through practical, humorous anecdotes that translate to everyday life.
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Yoga Well Institute aims to provide inclusive and accessible programming for everyone. We are committed to our students and ensuring that this life-changing work is available to all. Tuition Waivers are available for individuals who require financial assistance. These waivers are offered in the form of a payment plan that considers an amount that an individual is able to afford and is reflective of their unique circumstances. We are especially committed to supporting BIPOC, LGBT+, Veterans, First Responders, and other under-represented communities. For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.