February 21, 2009 · 10:00 AM
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Update about event: This was originally scheduled as an Ashtanga Yoga hike. I scoped out the trail last week and discovered it's not the best place to practice yoga in large groups and it was too wet for yoga mats.
It's is perfect for sitting rock meditation!!! What is sitting rock meditation? Find a rock overlooking the canal where you can hear the rapids, sit on it, quiet your mind.
About the trail: It's a fairly short and easy hike. There is one spot where you are required to cross a river and that can be a little tricky. It's muddy, but a lot of fun. A fairly busy trail so not much wildlife. A lot of interesting mushrooms to look at and I spotted a very friendly racoon, possibly a muskrat looking thing. Whatever it was, it was very cute.
RSVP Policy: Maybe rsvps are turned off. It's best to keep group size down. It's more zen and is conscious of other hiker's on the trail. One way to secure a spot is to volunteer to help organize for the event.
How long will it take for sitting?
It's entirely up to you. I like to sit for as long as it takes for the anxiety to go away and then give myself 10 minutes to enjoy the calmness and the view. Perhaps 20-30 mins.
Do we need yoga mat?
Not for this hike. You might want to bring something to sit on.
what to bring, how to dress, what to expect, etc.
How to dress depends on the weather. Dress appropriately. Dress in something you don't mind getting dirty. Where shoes you don't mind getting muddy. Where clothes that are comfortable. Wear layers.
You might want to bring something to drink, maybe a little snack, but you really just need to bring yourself. If you want to bring me some chocolate, I wouldn't mind.
Don't expect anything, hopefully that way you won't be disappointed :)
We will meet in the parking lot. I think it's best to try to get to know each other a little before the hike. So my idea is that we get together in a circle and introduce yourself, then people get to ask you a couple questions. We'll see how that works. Ideally, we'll break up into smaller groups for the hike. We meet up at a large rock outpost over looking the water to calm the mind, or you can find your own private spot, or just hang out.
I'm not qualified to teach meditation or hiking for that matter. I don't think you need to be qualified. We're just a group of individuals meeting up to enjoy nature and learn from each others experiences. Those with more experience will help those with less. Meditation is like working out. It's still effective, even if you don't have the best technique. A couple of small things. Legs crossed, good posture, back straight. Repeat a mantra like: om, shanti, peace, shalom or even better, come up with a personal one. You can try a Kundalini practice to increase your knowledge… inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right.
Keep the questions coming.