Meditation Class Near Me
Could you imagine a life where you’re no longer a victim to whatever thought or feeling drifts into your mind?
Do you want to let go of negative thinking and transmute these thought patterns into ways of thinking that serve you?
Meditation Class Near Me - at BoPo
Meditation, a way of training your mind to transform the experience of being inside of your head, is a potent tool for shifting ways of being, thinking, and navigating in the world.
At Body Positive Works, we offer pranayama and sound healing meditation so that you can deepen your meditative practice, learn techniques to help you de-stress, develop your experience of inner peace, and become empowered to act with equanimity.
You will learn to observe thoughts and feelings at a distance and without judgment, enabling you to create a moment-by-moment experience of perspective, positivity, and tranquility.
Learning to meditate is like learning any skill. Think of it like going to the gym – it takes time to build muscles that you’ve never used before. Two things are needed to build that muscle – consistent practice and a teacher to both instruct the techniques and keep you motivated.
Explore meditation, and move off your cushion feeling inspired, nourished, and balanced.
Our meditation teachers guide you through techniques, including pranayama and sound healing, to help you develop an experience of inner peace, compassion, and understanding.
Body Positive Works Meditation Practitioners
A little bit about me…I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years. What I practice and how I practice, has evolved many times over. More than anything, yoga has taught me to be adaptable to change. I am an RYT-500, having taken both of my 200 and 300hr teacher trainings at Yoga Synthesis.
I have also trained and specialize in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. My classes are based on the philosophy that the journey never ends, and that every day presents an opportunity for positive growth and change.
I emphasize adaptability, accessibility, and acknowledge the individualistic experience of growing a yoga practice. Currently, I am studying to become certified in Yoga Therapy.
My other life calling is being an End of Life Doula (EOL). Being a doula is a great honor, and I am forever humbled and grateful for the many lessons this role continues to teach me. I use my training and experience as a doula to teach Yoga and Meditation for Grief and Yoga and Meditation in Palliative Care.
I believe that we are all put on this earth to help one another, to learn from each other, and to lift each other up. We all have good days and bad days.
Our experiences are as unique as we are. Yoga has taught me that there is space for it all, for everyone. That even as we journey as individuals, we always journey together.
Joy is a sound healing practitioner, using Himalayan Singing Bowls. Studying with Katherine Hamer in NYC and certified through the Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School in Boulder, CO, she works privately with her clients, as well as leading group singing bowl meditations.
Her sessions focus on quieting the mind, clearing energetic and emotional blockages and decreasing anxiety to open up pathways to healing, peace and clarity in the physical world. She is also excited to offer, in the near future, gong meditations after recently completing her gong training with Marco Dolce.
We offer private meditation and pranayama sessions, along with private and group sound healing experiences.
Meditation and Breathing Classes
Prana is our breath and the vital life force in our bodies. Pranayama is the relationship to our breath, teaching us to control the movement of our minds. The more that we become aware of our breath, the more that we can calm the mind and access and experience the bliss of our existence through meditation.
Meditation and pranayama sessions will not only help you understand the breath and teach you techniques to access the breath, quiet the mind, and turn into the sublime radiance of your heart, but will also guide you through how to meditate, exploring what meditation is, and what it is not.
No previous experience with pranayama or meditation is necessary. Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.
Sound Healing Meditation
Quiet your mind, and release old physical and energetic patterns with sound healing meditation. The use of Himalayan singing bowls, vibrationally attuned to each energy center, allows for healing pathways to open and for stuck energy to be released.
Find your inner calm, and walk away feeling refreshed and renewed.
Group sound healing sessions take place on the first Friday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm. Limited to 15 people. Book early!
The Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation are nothing short of life-transforming:
◐ Improves your overall sense of well-being by cultivating a quiet mind and developing inner peace
◓ Releases anxiety, depression, and stress
◑ Supports your body, mind, and spirit in returning to their natural state of calm and wholeness
◒ Relaxes the nervous system and helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate
There is growing evidence that, with regular practice, these meditative benefits are long-lived – that calm mind and feeling of inner harmony will last long after you’ve stacked your meditation cushion.
Meditation sessions at Body Positive Works are here to support you, both on and off the cushion, to calm the mind, cultivate bliss, alleviate stress, and access the source of your creativity, inspiration, and highest potential.
One of our meditation techniques is pranayama. Pranayama is an integral part of yoga practice and is listed alongside asana (physical posture) in classical texts like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: “prana” meaning life force, and “ayāma,” meaning to extend or draw out. Thus, the word pranayama means “extension of the life force.”
There are multiple techniques under the umbrella of pranayama, and each technique can be manipulated and combined with other techniques, resulting in a nearly infinite number of ways to practice. The intensity of pranayama comes through challenging the breath in various ways. We challenge ourselves by slowing the breath down, alternating its movement through the nose, and momentarily stopping its flow.
Unlike many “advanced” yoga postures, pranayama does not rely on physical dexterity to create a challenge. Because breathwork takes us into an intimate dialogue with the mind, it could be argued that pranayama offers a more direct route into truly advanced yoga practice.
Another of our meditation techniques is sound healing. Our sound healing practitioner uses Himalayan Singing Bowls and gong meditations to quiet the mind, clear energetic and emotional blockages, and decrease anxiety; these are just some of the benefits of sound healing. The idea is to raise your body’s vibrational frequency to release negative energy and open up pathways to healing, peace, and clarity in the physical world.