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Meditation 101 Workshop with Lex Gillan

From: user 8.
Sent on: Friday, May 8, 2009 12:42 PM
Dear Yogis and Yoginis,

I would like to invite you to Meditation 101 Workshop with Lex Gillan that will be hosted by YogaOne Studios on Sunday, May 17th 12-5PM.

When we are fully concentrating (mindful), meditations become spiritual; as we become distracted, they run dry and eventually become an empty formality. This course will examine a number of meditation techniques on how we may cultivate that special kind of prayerful mindfulness. We will learn to free ourselves from regimentation which is rigid and brittle so that discipline, which is as strong as it is flexible, may make us creative and prayerful.
Included in the workshop will be 8 to 10 different meditation and relaxation practices - ancient in origin and drawn richly and widely from many cultures and centuries - which cultivate a calm manner and an unfurrowed brow. We will include vipassana (insight), Zen, mantra, Zikr, contemplative prayer, metta (loving-kindness), shavasana (relaxation), walking meditation and eating meditation as well as other concentration and visualization practices.
We will also integrate traditional breathing practices
(pranayama) that develop a full breath and a mien as cool as autumn and as mild as spring, including the complete yogic breath, ujjayi (sound), sur puvak (healing) and nadi sodhana (alternate nostril).
Also included will be short dharma talks and questions and answers. All practices are scripted out and are included in the class syllabus.

Instructed by Lex Gillan
Lex Gillan has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for nearly 40 years. He has studied with world-class teachers - including Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Father Thomas Keating, Andy Gold and James Ezelle, M.D. - since the 1960?s. Mr. Gillan has been a full-time instructor since
1974 when he founded The Yoga Institute in Houston, Texas, one of the oldest yoga studio businesses in the country. Since its inception, he has taught more than 25,000 yoga classes, 120 ten day retreats and 300 meditation workshops. Mr. Gillan also teaches the Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Course, is a founder and Trustee of Rose Mountain Retreat Center outside Las Vegas, New Mexico and is on the Faculty at The Institute for Spirituality and Health in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He is degreed in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin University (Texas) and spent five years as a commercial banker in Houston in the 60?s.

Please pre-register to reserve your spot if you interested as the workshop will sell out.

Cost $68, http://www.yogaonehouston.com/news.htm
YogaOne Studios
3030 Travis St
Houston, TX 77006
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Namaste,
Albina Rippy

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