Yoga + Meditation

MINDFULNESS YOGA + MEDITATION

Mindfulness Yoga refers to being fully present in each breath of each pose. This calms and stabilizes the nervous system, deepening the access to and effect of meditation. My style is a blend of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Chi Gong, based on the teachings of Max Strom, my foundational teacher.

Meditation enables mindfulness. It is strength training for the mind. Mindfulness meditation was taught by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago, practiced the world over since. It is not an inherently religious practice. It does not require that you quiet your mind. Meditation is recognized by Western science as a direct path to: reduced anxiety, stress and depression; increased happiness; improved sleep, social relations, creativity and productivity.

Practicing mindfulness increases ability to both focus attention and consciously act – rather than react. It provides relief from constant mental chatter. This naturally leads to abiding equanimity, joyful well-being and an easier time getting better results at whatever you do.

I have been practicing Hatha yoga and meditation since 2000, and teaching since 2010, to the general public, military veterans, professional services providers (e.g., lawyers, accountants, investment managers, bankers, and their firms) and business people.

I am a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) through Max Strom, with whom I continue to practice. I studied teaching meditation with Dr. Lorin Roche.

WHAT THIS TRAINING IS ABOUT

Teaching you a basic set of breathing and breath-based movement practices which will have immediate and long term benefits including:

  • Reduced anxiety, stress and depression
  • Better sleep
  • Better digestion and elimination
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • More stable and vibrant libido
  • Better overall physical and mental health
WHAT THIS TRAINING IS NOT ABOUT

There is no religious or dogmatic content. There are no prayers, religious chanting or dancing. If you are religious or otherwise spiritual, this training will complement and serve to deepen those aspects of your life.

There is no foreign language. It is all taught in English, including the names of the yoga postures.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRAINING SPECIAL
  • Taught by a senior teacher who:
    • Is trained by one of the most acclaimed yoga masters in the world
    • Is a life-long athlete who continues to regularly engage in demanding sports such as surfing, mountain biking and snowboarding
    • Lives and thrives in the mainstream world
    • Has a life long understanding of the challenges and needs of professionals, business people and athletes
  • Breath-centric practice. The physical yoga postures serve nicely to build strength and flexibility. The breath work is the transformative element, which is typically only incidental to the way yoga is widely taught in the Western world.
  • Safety first. All postures and practices are taught in ways that are universally accessible and safe.
  • Benefits everyone. You will feel immediate benefit from these practices, no matter what your level of physical fitness is at the start.
TRAINING OPTIONS

I teach a weekly, evening public class at Santa Monica Power Yoga.   It is an “all levels” class suitable for beginners and those with experience. This is a way for you to get an introduction to what I do and give you a good start in learning the practices I teach.

I teach privately at my home studio in Santa Monica, at my students’ homes, business locations and retreats. Private sessions are usually done early morning, evenings and weekends.

These Yoga practices can be added as a module to any stage of the Mindfulness Training. This serves to deepen the effects of the Mindfulness Training, especially as to developing an abiding sense of calm, energetic well-being.

TRAINING COST

My fees for this training are scalable, depending on the training elements included, the number of people involved and the ability to pay. My primary goal in offering these services is to be of service, making these practices available to all who want to acquire them. I will work with you to do this in a way that is both affordable and cost-effective.

“Meditation is strength training for the mind.”

– MARK FINGERMAN

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