The word "sadhana" (SAH-da-na) refers to a yoga practice that consciously invites a connection to spirit.
Autumn 2017 Mindful Saturdays
October 28th; November 11th and December 2nd, 2017
• Specialized Workshop/Practice Immersions (specialized practice with movement)
from 1:00 to 3:30 PM - see themes below
• Yoga Nidra Meditation (guided resting meditation/relaxation)
from 4:00 to 5:05 PM
You have the option to attend either or both sessions. See below for registration information.
We all can benefit from taking a step back from the demands of daily life, to regroup priorities and energies, and to recharge and deepen our connection to an inherent sense of Wellbeing.
The intention of these indepth, extended classes is to provide a context in which you can enjoy a deep and uninterupted exploration of various practices and themes that you can bring into your daily life. This Autumn, each immersion at 1 pm will focus on a unique theme that will be interwoven with the Mindful Yoga movements, breathing and meditation:
October 28th, 2017: Mindful Yoga: Balancing with Pranayama and Mudras
Balanced, settled breathing is a gateway to a healthy body and calm mind, which support a connection to a greater sense of Wellbeing and Stillness. This movement practice will include an emphasis on balancing pranayama (yogic breathing) and a series of special hand mudras that support the free flow of vitality and breath.
November 11th, 2017: Mindful Yoga for Stress and Anxiety
Yoga can be a wonderful remedy for stress and anxiety, this afternoon of yogic movement and breathing will hone in on particular practices helpful in navigating these difficult emotions, providing both practical coping tools that can be used in daily life, and an invitation to transform our inner relationship with these common challenges.
December 2nd, 2017: Mindful Yoga with Mantra and Sound
The integration of sound practices is ancient, and is traditionally an integral part of yoga sadhana. This Mindful Yoga practice will include the sharing of special chants and mantras, as well as the exploration of simple vibrational sounds within mindful movement. These ancient practices are powerful ways of increasing our sensitivity to subtle realms of experience, and of joining in the circle of humanity who has shared in these ancient chants since the times of our ancestors.
These special immersion classes are open to all levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. The pace of movement in the 1 PM Mindful Yoga practice will be moderate (to allow for more gentle or more involved options as needed). Basic familiarity with yoga will be assumed. This practice is not recommended should you have a pariticular injury or condition that requires more specific guidance than a group context can provide. Should you be pregnant, please discuss with Clearlight in advance of your registration. Read more about Mindful Yoga here.
The 4 PM Yoga Nidra practice is open to everyone, regardless of experience or physical condition. Yoga Nidra is usually practiced lying down, but can also be practiced sitting. This class will require a separate registration. Read more about Yoga Nidra here.
Please read more below regarding registration details for these Mindful Saturdays.
And as always, please contact Clearlight if you have any questions.
To learn more about the Autumn 2017 schedule for weekly evening and daytime yoga classes, please visit the registration page.
Clearlight Gerald, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, RPYT
Registration Details and Fees
• The Workshop Immersions (1 pm to 3:30 pm): $40 per class or $99 for the series of 3 classes. (Space is limited, so it is ideal to reserve/register in advance for either the individual classes that you would like to attend, or for the full series).
• The iRest Yoga Nidra practices (4 pm to 5:05 pm): $65 for the series of 3 classes. (Space is limited, so it is ideal to reserve/register in advance. There may be space to allow for individual class registration ($25/class), this availability can be confirmed the week prior. for either the individual classes that you would like to attend, or for the full series).
All prices include taxes.
For complete information including the option of online registration, please visit our registration page.
Contact Clearlight for more information by email or by phone (514) 867-8671.
Past Sadhana Intensives have included:
Exploring Meditation in Movement and Stillness
We crave greater ease, balance and happiness and a sense of wholeness and satisfaction that can feel elusive... this afternoon will explore how meditation in its various forms can offer insight and be an indispensable part of our yogic journey.
Through practice and discussion we will explore the difference between directed, technique-based meditation, and undirected meditation of abiding as Awareness. We will explore the value of each approach, and explore the opportunity to relax the 'project' of meditation — to bring it from being another item on our to-do list into the fabric of our daily living.
We will explore a deep sensing of the body and Awareness through gentle yoga movement, as well as a fully guided yoga nidra. Several of the other meditative practices are simple, illuminating exercises drawn from Vijnana Bhairava, a beautiful text from the nondual teachings of Kashmir Shaivism.
After a long Montreal winter, the thaw of spring and returning of green is a natural opportunity to rejuvenate one’s own inner landscape of body, mind and spirit.
In this special yoga intensive, you will be given the time and space to deeply nourish yourself through ancient practices that renew, cleanse and balance our vital energies.
During this three and half hour extended practice, we will
• share in chanting to clear stagnation
• explore warming and cleansing postures in flow and in stillness
• restore and balance vital energies with pranayama
• learn and practice a set of hand mudras that supports the free flow of prana
• experience a full practice of yoga nidra
As we deepen our practice, not only does the wellbeing of our organisms flourish - but our connection to a deeper Stillness flowers.
Sadhana Intensives: Yoga Movement, Breathing & Yoga Nidra Meditation
In this series of sadhanas we explore a re-orientation of perspective - welcoming ourselves, each moment and each experience exactly as is. In doing so, we cultivate a greater sense of peace in how we live our lives, and a deeper connection to our true nature.
These practices will each include a mindful yoga movements, pranayama (breathing), chanting and a fully guided practice of Yoga Nidra. This series will provide an opportunity to either begin or continue your exploration of yoga nidra meditation.
Awakening Prana: Balance
In this sadhana we will explore yogic techniques to increase and balance the flow of prana (life energy) within, thereby enhancing mental clarity, our own healing potential and a deeper self-understanding.
This afternoon will explore the theme of balance at both a physical and energetic level. The practice will include both energizing and calming postures, warming and cooling breathing techniques and hand mudras to support the free flow of prana.
Balance allows a natural sense of inner stillness and connection to surface to awareness. The session will conclude with silent meditation and deep relaxation.
Welcoming Presence: A meditative practice of movement, breath, chanting and stillness
Most of the time we are lost in the noise created by the ups and downs of our own lives, and much of our energy is spent agonizing over the way things ‘should be.’ All too often when we come to our yoga mats we bring this orientation of striving, achieving, and judging into our personal practices.
This special practice session will include slow, mindful movements as well as breathing, devotional chanting, yoga nidra and the stillness of seated meditation.
Exploring Pratyahara in a Blindfolded Practice and Yoga Nidra
"Pratyahara" is the practice of turning the attention inward and transcending sensory impressions. This practice is guided by the teaching that underneath the drama of our lives and our identity with our ego-selves, lies our true nature - pure Presence. When we dive into the spaciousness within, we open to the experience of our true selves.
Each practitioner will have an opportunity to practice blindfolded, to dive more deeply into the internal experience of movement and breathing techniques. During the final hour of the sadhana, you will be introduced and guided through an experience of yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is an ancient system of progressive relaxation and self-inquiry.
Svadhyaya in Asana and Meditation Practice
In this sadhana we explore the niyama 'svadhyaya' (self-reflection or self-study) in the form of guided reflections concerning your life direction and highest goals. This yoga practice will invite positive change in your life off the mat. The afternoon will include an in-depth asana practice, which will be punctuated by pranayama practice and guided meditative self-inquiry. The session will conclude with a deep relaxation.
Welcoming the New Year, Welcoming Authenticity
The emphasis of this extended practice will be on coming into greater alignment with your authentic self - both on the mat during your practice and off the mat in your daily life. This practice supports cultivating a trust in oneself as the final authority in regards to the decisions we make and actions we take, and ultimately how we view our place in the universe.
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