Yoga Meditation

Yoga Meditation

Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that uses mantra, or meditation sound, to calm the mind, relieve anxiety, and uncover our eternal identity and natural fulfillment within.  We are eternal spirit souls temporarily in the finite material world.  We are not our body or our mind — these are limited, temporary, material coverings.  Because our essence is spirit (eternal and limitless in nature), we cannot find satisfaction in matter (temporary and limited in nature), such as through the body, the mind, or things, situations, or relationships in this world.  It is our nature to be happy and to seek pleasure; but because our essence is unlimited and eternal, if we seek pleasure and happiness in limited, temporary matter, we will always be frustrated and unfulfilled.  This can lead to anxiety, depression, anger, and many other symptoms of lack of fulfillment.  When we identify with the body or the mind as ourselves, we can feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and even controlled by them.  The practice of Yoga Meditation frees us from identifying with the body and mind, allows us to bring them under our control, and enables us to experience actual satisfaction by linking up with the eternal, infinite realm through the transcendental sound of mantra.  The process of Yoga Meditation is one of self-discovery — that is, uncovering what is already there within us.  We already have what we need.  We just need to uncover it.

MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00pm; and last Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm.
This is an instructional class in Yoga Meditation (also called mantra meditation) and the basics of Yoga Philosophy, which includes understanding our eternal identity, the nature of this world, the nature of the body and mind, and our eternal purpose.  You will learn how to meditate on your own in a daily routine, the purpose of meditation, and how you can apply it to your daily and practical life.  You can take this class as often as you like.  Handouts, meditation beads, and a meditation CD are provided for each new student.
Please check our calendar or contact us to confirm class dates each month!
Location:
  Haven House (11200 Powder Mill Trail, 78750)

Cost:  No charge. Donations are gratefully accepted!

Bring:  An open heart!
RSVP IS REQUIRED at least a day ahead – by email, text, or phone. 

CHILDREN & TEENS (5-17) with their parents:  Anytime by appointment. 

DEEP PEACE MEDITATION
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm

Experience the deeply calming effects of Yoga Meditation in a relaxed, candlelit atmosphere.  For both new and continuing students.  What you learn in this class you can start practicing at home on your own.  (For more detailed instructions on establishing your own meditation practice, our Meditation Instruction class is a good class to take at some point.)  
Location:
  Haven House (11200 Powder Mill Trail, 78750)

Cost:  No charge. Donations are gratefully accepted!

Bring:  An open heart!
RSVP is appreciated – by email, text, or phone. 

MEDITATION @ AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
These are monthly classes for both new and continuing students, held in the meeting room of the public library in some areas of Austin.
Please check our calendar or contact us for the schedule and location of upcoming classes

Cost:
  No charge. Donations are gratefully accepted!

Bring:  An open heart!
RSVP is appreciated – by email, text, or phone.

MEDITATION & YOGA PHILOSOPHY —  for continuing students ONLY
Wednesdays & Sundays, 7:00-8:30pm

(First-timers: please attend one of our other meditation classes first before coming to this class)
These classes provide continuing meditation students a regular time to practice Yoga Meditation with others and a deeper inquiry into the eternal knowledge of yoga philosophy.  Knowledge is crucial for understanding who we are, navigating our way through life amidst stresses and continuous change (and ultimately death), and finding deep and lasting fulfillment right here and now.  When we are living our lives from knowledge, we become free from anxiety and self-absorption, and we can then experience the unconditional love we are craving.
NOTE:  The third Sunday of the month, we hold a Deep Peace Meditation session instead of Yoga Philosophy, and new students are welcome.
Location: 
Haven House (11200 Powder Mill Trail, 78750)
Cost: 
No charge. Donations are gratefully accepted!
Bring: 
An open heart!
RSVP
is appreciated – by email, text, or phone.   

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Start Meditating Now

If you would like to start your meditation practice right now, here is a simple meditation sound (or mantra) done with breath:

GAURANGA

This is said in three syllables, pronounced [gor] [rung] [gah].  Sit tall and comfortably (in a chair, on a sofa, on the floor, or however you are comfortable).  Inhale deeply, hearing the mantra in your mind, and then exhale, saying it out loud, spreading it across your entire exhalation.  Your voice can be at whatever pitch is most comfortable for you.  Continue at your own pace, keeping the pace and depth of your breath comfortable for you.  If you are not used to breathing deeply, it’s okay to stop and breathe normally, and then resume the mantra breathing.

Do this for 5-10 minutes or as long as you want.  Keep your mind on the sound, allowing the sound to calm and relax your mind.  Don’t worry about the time or the number of breaths you take or any other thoughts.  Try to do your meditation away from distractions, like the phone, computer, and other people, so that you can really relax into the sound.

The best times for meditation are first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night, but it can be done any time you can find a few quiet moments to relax your mind. You can even “say” the mantra silently in your mind any time you aren’t able to say it out loud (like at work, school, etc.).  This gives your mind a gentle, relaxing break in your day.

We hope this is helpful.  There are other meditation techniques we can teach you as well.  It is usually easier to learn meditation in person and to do it with other people, and getting to know others who are practicing meditation is also helpful as a support system.  So please don’t hesitate to contact us for classes, questions, and so on.  We have been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years, raising our children with meditation as well.  We are very happy to share our experience and knowledge with you.  Yoga Meditation changed our lives.  We hope it will change yours too!  Namaste.