Yoga Classes and Programs.
"Pat's meditation sessions have helped me to obtain a connection with my physical self that I have never experienced before." --Stacy Taylor, Washington, DC
Go to the Meditation page to read a step-by-step guide to help you meditate.
To bring physical, mental and emotional healing for inner peace in your life through guidance and practice of various meditation tools, simple yoga posture, deep breathing techniques, and relaxation exercises in a comfortable, relaxing climate.
The majority of the workshop time will be spent on the preparation for meditation. You cannot simply say, “now I’m going to meditate”, without meditation training, any more than you would expect to play the piano like an accomplished pianist as soon as you sat at the piano bench. Meditation is a way of life that rests on certain procedures. In order to prepare for the body for meditation, simple yoga postures, deep breathing and deep relaxation techniques will be employed at each session. The following content of the workshop will be covered during the meditation workshop:
To center the body, sit (or lie down) quietly in a comfortable position. Begin normal breathing with a holistic awareness of the body, i.e., concentration on the physical, breath, mental, emotional, witness, and spiritual levels (5 koshas) of the body. The yoga instructor will begin the class by ringing the cymbals, and welcoming everyone in the traditional Indian Namaste greeting. The door will be locked after the start of the class. If you arrive late, please wait until you are escorted in after the “Centering” session, to avoid disturbing this process, so please come on time.
Members of this workshop will be in a relaxed, comfortable, private, and quiet room, especially adapted for meditation, yoga, & special breathing & relaxation exercises.
Jacobson’s Progressive Relaxation and Schultz’s Autogenic Training for deep relaxation in preparation for meditation.
The meditation techniques will vary each time so that you may experience a variety of techniques, and determine which one(s) you feel most comfortable with and want to use choose at home.
Please bring a sitting pillow or blanket to sit on for meditation, an eye cover and a blanket or shawl to cover whole body for relaxation. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing. If feasible, the clothing should be made of soft, natural fibers in muted colors that will facilitate yoga, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Avoid wearing “noisy” accessories and athletic clothing (which holds body heat in and is a reminder of outward activity. The Namaste Yoga Studio will provide props such as yoga mats, blankets, etc. if you do not have them.
*Consult your doctor before starting Yoga, especially if you suffer from heart conditions, hypertension, or other serious illnesses. If you have back pain or other serious injuries, get a diagnosis from your doctor and get their okay before embarking on your Yoga journey.