UNDERSTANDING MEDITATION PRACTICE
with Chase Bossart
Meditation is all the rage. Everywhere advertisements exclaim that it can improve your health, save your relationships and increase your productivity. And yet, despite this popularity, lots of questions remain, especially around the practice of it.
If you’ve had some experience in meditation and you’re looking to understand it in an organized and structured way, then this is the class you’ve been looking for. We are going to examine the what, why and how of meditation, including the important structural aspects common to all meditation practices. The yoga perspective on meditation is particularly helpful in understanding a broad range of meditation practices.
If you’ve been enjoying our Wednesday Morning Meditations, and wishing you had more technical understanding of their structure. Or, if you have been considering joining The Application of Meditation course, but are wanting a bit more background before you do so, then this is the perfect transition into that class. And the perfect way to get solidly oriented in the world of meditation.
Whether you’re brand new to the concept of meditation or are a seasoned Yoga Teacher, this class will give you a grounding in basic principles that are sure to deepen your practice.
For those who are registered with Yoga Alliance, this class qualifies for 10 Continuing Education credits in the Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics Category.
Director of the Yoga Well Institute, Chase has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, eastern philosophy and religion for nearly 30 years. In 1991, as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India, Chase took a semester long course on Yoga Theory with Mr. TKV Desikachar that essentially set the direction for the rest of his life. He became a private student of Mr. Desikachar's and spent a total of four and a half years in Chennai (from 1991-2012) studying with him, his family and his senior teachers including serving as a teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. He served as Director of Therapy and Education at the non-profit Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco from 2006-2012.
His depth of knowledge on yoga and meditation are shared through practical, humorous anecdotes that translate to everyday life.
This meditation class is going to cover two important elements for structuring your meditation practice.
Setting the Stage
The 'how' of meditation determines whether we will be able to successfully meditate. It is extremely difficult to simple stop what we were doing, sit down and begin to meditate. Some preparation is so useful! It need not be long or arduous, but just as one cleans their tools before using them, you should spend a few moments refining the tool of the mind before you attempt to direct it in meditation. You will see how a well organized meditation practice naturally and easily leads a person from a state of distraction to one of deep focus.
Like gardening, once the effort has been put forth in the cultivation of the plant, you must allow as much opportunity for it to flower and fruit as possible. What fruit may finally be borne is beyond your control, but staying in meditation linked with the focus allows for those possibilities to open up and flourish. Staying in meditation is not accidental nor mystical, it is a practical issue! We will discuss the many straightforward and practical ways to help you keep your attention focused a little longer and a little deeper.
In this class you will learn:
- The critical importance of how meditation practice is structured
- The 10 important steps in a meditation practice, and how to set them up
- How the structure of the practice shapes the trajectory of the experience
- How to effectively choose preparation practices that match the goals of the meditation
- How to consistently achieve your intended meditation experience
This is a class to take the next step in developing your understanding of meditation. It is sure to deepen your practice.
To ensure this goes beyond education and into practice for you, each week there will be a short guided experience to highlight the lessons.
This class will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd and run for 8 weeks, meeting live, online every Wednesday at 5pm PT / 8pm ET for 75 minutes. (Exception: there will be class on Tuesday October 15th instead of October 16th.) Every class will be recorded and uploaded for replay within 48 hours, you will also have access to your teacher and peers via our private online community. That means that, even if this time doesn’t work for your schedule, you can still take part and benefit from this teaching.
The cost for this class is a one time payment of $150, that’s less than $20 per class.
Check out our other classes, launching the same week, to see if there’s another topic that would benefit your journey right now. Introduction to Sāṁkhya Kārikā and Āsana Course Planning Fundamentals would both be a wonderful complement to this course if you are just beginning to explore this world.
*Note, we require a minimum of 5 students for this class to launch. While we don’t expect this to be an issue, if we have less than 5 we may cancel this class, if we do, we will of course issue a full refund.