Meditation, Yin Yoga, and Mindfulness

Saturday mornings at WYC are devoted to classic yoga practices. If you have never meditated before, you can come in at 7:00 and get basic instruction. Then stay for the actual sit at 7:30. If you already have a meditation practice feel free to come in for that. Arrive before 7:30 because the 30 minute sit starts on time. There is a Q&A after the meditation. We call it a “dharma talk” because we focus on gaining knowledge about spiritual practice.

At 8:30 Sat morning, and (beginning this summer) at 7:30 on Mon nights, there’s Yin Yoga. It’s relaxing, but not necessarily easy because the poses are held for a long time. Even for most beginners the poses are easily adopted, but holding a stretch without any muscle engagement for up to five minutes can be emotionally as well as physically challenging. The thing is that people who don’t experience their life force pleasurably on a regular basis become numb. So if you want to feel how pleasurable it is just to experience “prana,” come a practice Yin Yoga. In connection with our Meditation classes, this becomes a positive loop. We meditate and learn why we need to stretch. We stretch and learn how to experience what real meditation is about. We meditate for real. We do Yin Yoga. We meditate some more. We become enlightened. Kidding. But it is cool what happens.

Also, starting this summer, Dr. Laura Cueva-Miller will be teaching Mindfulness on Thursday nights. This practice is also related to meditation and yin yoga. Everyone is welcome, especially healthcare professionals looking to help themselves and others manage the stress of life.