Background on Meditation Practices
Our meditation teachings are informed by a number of traditions (and all are welcome), but primarily the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The main practices we teach are vipassana (often translated as insight meditation) and metta (translated as loving-kindness meditation).
The vipassana techniques are used to develop mindfulness at the mental and physical phenomena level which leads to clear, stable, and non-judgemental awareness while the metta techniques offer the practioner a chance to soften the heart in challenging moments and share loving-kindness in times of abundance. Together the practices bring more calm and clarity, wisdom and compassion to life.
Background on Yoga Practices
Dharma Yoga is a system of classical Yoga based on master yogi Sri Dharma Mittra’s 50 years of practice. It is a graceful yet challenging practices rooted in the yogic principle of Ahimsa (non-violence). Dharma Yoga uses the best and most efficient techniques to move the student towards the goal of self-realization. The class is taught with lighthearted kindness and grace. It is a well balanced and draws students inward through postures that combine strength and flexibility with steadiness and ease and through the incorporation of the more subtle yoga techniques such as breathing, meditation, and relaxation. It is appropriate for all levels.
Yoga nidra is a yoga practice for deep relaxation and rejuvenation of the body and mind. When the body and mind are fully relaxed the body systems work optimally to heal and release impurities. In addition to the physical benefits, yoga nidra helps relieve stress and anxiety and can help the practitioner let go of negative emotional imprints stored in the body. Yoga nidra also guides the practitioner inward allowing them to have a deeper experience of the real Self. During yoga nidra students will be guided by the teacher to reach a deep state of relaxation while lying on their mats in a comfortable, supported position. While the body and mind are brought to a state of relaxation similar to that reached in sleep, students remain awake throughout the practice.