Metta / Loving-Kindness

DATE: June 19, 2017
TEACHER: Avi Craimer and Michelle Leybman
THEME: Relationship
MEDITATION: Loving-Kindness
INTERACTIVE: Inner Parts Dialogue
Avi: This week I’m joined by psychologist and psychonaut Michelle Leybman. In the first half, we’ll be bringing loving-kindness to different strands of our personality. For the interactive, Michelle will be help us bring all those voices swirling around inside of us, into productive dialogue with each other.

Mudita – Sympathetic Joy

DATE: June 12, 2017
TEACHER: Avi Craimer
THEME: Joy
MEDITATION: Mudita
INTERACTIVE:  Laughter
Avi: The other day Erin and I were talking about how it seems that anytime we focus on emotions in practice, we tend to dig into the heavy or darker stuff. Well, this week we’ll deliberately thwart that bias. In the mudita meditation we’ll focus on appreciating and encouraging moments of joy in our lives, and in the second half we’ll see what happens when we try to laugh and meditate at the same time.

Concentrating Energy, Channeling Force

TEACHER: Erin Oke and Priya Thomas
THEME: Concentrating Energy, Channeling Force
MEDITATION: Body is Power
INTERACTIVE: May the force be with you

Erin and Priya:  Inspired by dance, yoga and martial arts vocabularies of the south Asian sub-continent, we’ll explore stability, concentration, resistance and release in meditation and movement practices. How can we use the incredible power of the body wisely and channel it as a force for good in the world?

Spontaneity and Improvisation

TEACHER: Erin Oke
THEME: Spontaneity and Improvisation
MEDITATION:  Getting Bouncy
INTERACTIVE:  Making it up as we go along

Erin: A key element to live performance (and life!) is the ability to respond in the moment, work with what we’re given and go with the flow. Tonight we’ll explore practices that nurture spontaneity and cultivate our “Zen Bounce”, then let loose our inner performers to play some theatre games.

Focus and Release

DATE: May 8, 2017
TEACHER: Caitlin Colson and Huy Lam
THEME: Focus and release
MEDITATION: Let’s get visual
INTERACTIVE: Draw the lines

Caitlin: Concentration and letting go practices are like bacon and eggs – they work well side by side. Concentration builds up our ability to develop and maintain a strong, meditative focus on a chosen point. Letting go enables us to loosen our grip on the reins of our minds, allowing them to roam free. In part 1, we’ll practice these opposing but complementary skills on the cushion. In part 2, guest artist Huy Lam will lead us through visual art practices that illustrate how to put these skills to paper.