What we're about

Are you looking to connect with people who are wide awake or waking up? Are you ready for the end of your excuse that "I can't find anyone like me in Las Vegas. Vegas is just the party scene." Have you been looking for a place where you can speak your mind and the group is non-judgmental? Our group has grown from a weekly discussion group into more of a dynamic, active community. Every week we are connecting with one or two more solid individuals and they almost all say the same thing: I have found it. It's like a new pair of jeans that fit perfect the first time you wear them.

In the broad spectrum of Enlightenment and Spirituality the focus of this group is Consciousness and Awareness. In pop-culture terms, most of us are interested in getting out of the default mode of allowing our ego to control our thoughts and actions and getting very presently into the Now. Once we stop allowing our stories to control our lives we look to be come more aware, both of the environment that we have traditionally viewed as external as well as the universe that we discover when we look within.

The group itself has no dogma nor leader; each individual member is on their own path, has their own personal paradigm, and a number of them have a teacher or guru to whom they turn for guidance. Along the way many of us have studied material from teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Richard Moss, Richard Rudd, Alan Watts, J. Krishnamurti and U.G. Krishnamurti, Louix Dor Dempriey (Bhagavan Sri Pranananda), Osho, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Tim Freke, Vernon Howard, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargardatta Maharaj, Richard Rose, and Douglas Harding. Many of us have found our way to this material through authors and speakers such as Deepak Chopra, Esther and Jerry Hicks (Abraham), Byron Katie, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Gary Zukav, Leonard Jacobson, David Hawkins, Joe Vitale, Michael Beckwith, Doreen Virtue, Seth, Michael, Emmanuel, and through gateways such as A Course In Miracles, The Secret, and What the Bleep Do We Know. We also seem to learn from the most visible sages and philosophical systems like Siddhartha Guatma (Buddha) and Buddhism; Lao Tzu and Taoism; Hinduism; the Vedas, Gitas and Upanishads; and yes, the teachings of Jesus himself (and contrasting it with the religion that was created around his teachings hundreds of years after his life on Earth.)

Ultimately, however, we emphasize the divinity within ourselves. Our teachers have done what they can to point towards the Truth, but many of us have come to realize the danger of placing authority outside of ourselves. The diversity in our education allows us to draw from the various thought systems that came before us so that we can build our own truth, our own personal paradigm. We strive to create an open atmosphere so that our members can feel comfortable in discussing their ideas, testing them out to see if they fit. Some of us have even found through this process that rather than building our paradigm we are stripping it down to the core.

Whether you are new to these concepts or already have a solid foundation, the Awareness Group is a good place to connect with others that are right there with you. The Awareness Group is a great place to get started in exposing yourself to the wide range of topics found under the umbrella of Spirituality.

Namaste.

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GETTING STARTED WITH THE AWARENESS GROUP

We highly recommend you check out the following sections of this site:

* About Us section (link in the left column) to learn more about our focus.

* Message Board >> "Getting Started: The Essential Information." (To learn how to set Meetup.com to send you only one email per day from this group.)

* Message Board >> "Meetups EVERY DAY of the Week" for other Meetup groups.

* The Calendar to check out the upcoming events.

In addition to the gatherings hosted by the Awareness Group itself, you will find that we repost events from other groups as well. Meetup.com has yet to implement a tool to allow groups to neatly cross promote events. Therefore, when we repost an event on this site we close the RSVPs and provide a link to the Meetup group who is actually organizing the event. If you see an event that says "No Spots Left" you will find a link in the body of the post that will take you to where you can properly RSVP and get a more accurate attendance count.

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2019 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

RYK Yoga and Meditation Center

2019 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Take the Journey of Self-Discovery and Mastery The world needs spiritual teachers. Are you ready to answer the call? Do you want to broaden your yoga practice and deepen your knowledge and understanding? Are you a yoga teacher who wants to take your teaching to the next level? Would you like to share the beautiful gift of yoga by teaching others? 220hr Teacher Training Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) Our teacher training has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the information, instruction, and direction you need to build a peaceful and creative life through yoga. With our specialized training program, you will learn and master all the facets of this powerful ancient technology to truly earn the title of a Kundalini Yoga teacher. By learning, experiencing, and practicing the ancient science of Kundalini Yoga, you will be qualified to use this powerful platform to teach others with confidence and poise. Gain a profound understanding of the beautiful discipline of Kundalini Yoga, take your practice further, develop confidence, connect with the community, and find your voice as a teacher. Work on yourself so you can uplift the others! During the Kundalini Yoga teacher training you will learn, practice, and experience: ● The Science of Yoga ● Kundalini Yoga and Meditation ● Yogic Anatomy ● I Am a Teacher ● Anatomy and Physiology ● Ayurveda ● The Gong ● Yogic Lifestyle ● Yogic Tools ● The Business of Yoga ● Are you ready to transform your life? Take the step and answer the call! No experience necessary, just an open heart for the teachings! Dates: January 5, 6 January 26, 27 February 23, 24 March 16, 17 April 6, 7 April 27, 28 May 18, 19 June 8, 9 June 29, 30 Times Saturday 8am-8pm • Sunday 8am-6pm Cost $2,800 – early bird registration (by November 30th 2018) $3,100 – regular price (after December 1st 2018) *space is limited. a $500 deposit secures your space* Monthly payment plans available. Note: $100 discount for all cash payments. During T.T. there is a 10% discount for all products and services at RYK! Any New Moon & Full Moon Meditations that fall on T.T. weekends are included! You can register on line or in person at RYK Yoga and Meditation Center Las Vegas Learn more and register now at https://www.rykyoga.com/yoga-teacher-training/ For any additional information please email [masked] or call (702)[masked] Blessings!

Vipassana Meditation with Lotus in the Desert Meditation Group

Lotus in the Desert Sangha offers practice in Vipassana (insight) meditation. Vipassana is a Pali term that means clear seeing. The practice includes systematic mindfulness meditation techniques that direct our attention to the true nature of reality and to the development of penetrating insight and wisdom. New and experienced meditators are equally welcome, as are one-time visitors. Weekly meetings are held at the Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89117 Map (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=9600+w+sahara,+las+vegas,+nv&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr) Meetings are every Sunday afternoon, other than when the library is closed for major holidays. You can also find our meetings and events on our Meetup page (http://www.meetup.com/LITDSM). 3:45 - 4:15 pm: Mindful Movement 4:20 - 4:50 pm: Sitting Meditation 4:50 - 5:20 pm: Dharma Talk and Discussion 5:20 - 5:30 pm: Announcements and Closing Participants may come for the whole meeting or any portion that fits their schedule. Meditators can bring their own cushions or benches; chairs are available in the room. There is no cost to attend. Those new to Vipassana Meditation may want to read Basic Meditation Instructions (http://www.lotusinthedesert.org/meditation_instructions.html) by Sayadaw U Pandita as an example of how to enter this meditative path. Vipassana Meditation The core teachings behind Vipassana Meditation go back to the ancient Theravadan Buddhist traditions of 2,500 years ago and revolve around seeing things just as they are. Through systematic training in meditation, we create a space that allows us to see ourselves and our circumstances with clarity and wisdom. Meditators typically start by focusing on their breath. As they become more experienced, they begin to allow their attention to rest on other bodily sensations, or on the presence of emotions or thoughts. Though the practice of meditation is simple within itself, it builds into a powerful tool for learning to be present and engaged through the inevitable ups and downs in life. The Vipassana practices direct our attention to the realization of insight through contemplation and investigation of three specific characteristics: 1. Anicca: The impermanence or changing nature of things. 2. Dukkha: The unsatisfactory or unreliable nature of things. 3. Anatta: The emptiness of all conditioned things. In Vipassana Meditation, we focus our awareness on the ever-changing present moment. Through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking, we cultivate the capacity to perceive the truth of anicca, dukkha and anatta in all experience. This practice helps develop wisdom and compassion, giving rise to greater peace and happiness. Non-residential weekend retreats are scheduled biannually. They are generally held in the spring and fall on a Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. An experienced Vipassana teacher is brought in to lead each retreat. These retreats are a valuable yet inexpensive tool to help deepen one's meditation practice. They also serve as an excellent introduction for beginners new to meditation. Click here for information on our next retreat (http://www.lotusinthedesert.org/retreat.html) Our History Lotus in the Desert Sangha began meeting in 1996 to offer support for people interested in furthering their meditation practice. Originally, teachings for the Sangha came from a wide variety of Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions. However, over time, Sangha members became interested primarily in the traditional Vipassana practice as offered by the two major Vipassana retreat centers in the United States: Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock in California. Other than for retreats, fees have never been charged for Sangha activities. Rather, Sangha expenses are paid for through dana (donation). Now in its second decade, Lotus in the Desert has developed a mentor relationship with Spirit Rock teacher Richard Shankman, who leads one of our two weekend retreats each year. The weekly meditation meetings are led by experienced Sangha members under his guidance. The Sangha has developed a library of meditation tapes and books which members may borrow at no charge. An email newsletter, The Sangha Linette, keeps members updated concerning activities of both the sangha and other groups of interest. For more information, please contact us at: Contact page (http://www.lotusinthedesert.org/contact.html)

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

RYK Yoga and Meditation Center

$18.00

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation http://www.rykyoga.com (702)[masked] Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan® is "the Queen among the yoga traditions". It is the most effective and complete yoga you can practice. It is designed to give you “hands on” experience of your highest consciousness. It teaches a method by which you can achieve the sacred purpose of your life. Kundalini Yoga is not a religion; it is universal and nondenominational. It is known as “The Yoga of Awareness” and is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between your body, mind and soul. Kundalini Yoga is for anyone and everyone. It is for people who have to cope with the daily obstacles and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, managing businesses and maintaining a household. It is for those who want the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of living in this day and age. "Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class."-Yogi Bhajan Prices: $49 / 30day unlimited (first time students) - Includes over 120 classes! $18 / class $25 – New Moon & Full Moon Meditation Workshops $79 – 30day unlimited (autopay) 5class pack - $80 ($16/class, save $10 – valid 60days) 10class pack - $140 ($14/class save $40 – valid 90days) 6months - $399 (get 4 weeks free) 1 year - $749 (get 10 weeks free)

Yin Yoga

RYK Yoga and Meditation Center

$18.00

Yin Yoga http://www.rykyoga.com (http://www.rykyoga.com/) [masked] Yin Yoga is a beautiful practice which balances out the energy of our very active lifestyles; it brings balance and calmness to the body, mind & spirit and prepares people for meditation while improving the health on many levels. Most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices designed to work only half of our body, the muscular half or the "yang" tissues. Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper "yin" tissues of our ligaments, bones, deep fascia networks, and even joints --which require gentle pressure for a period of time in order to release. Enjoy this meditative yoga practice using stillness and breath as it calls us deep within to find peace, harmony and vitality. The benefits of practicing Yin Yoga include increased range of motion for the muscles, regaining space and strength in the joints, moving the energy in our body, increasing the health of our organs, and quieting our mind. The practice of Yin Yoga is meditative and passive in nature yet unearths the beauty that is within us all. Prices: $49 / 30day unlimited (first time students) - Includes over 120 classes! $18 / class $25 – New Moon & Full Moon Meditation Workshops $79 – 30day unlimited (autopay) 5class pack - $80 ($16/class, save $10 – valid 60days) 10class pack - $140 ($14/class save $40 – valid 90days) 6months - $399 (get 4 weeks free) 1 year - $749 (get 10 weeks free) Abhaya (Abby) Geyer, C-IAYT, AHE Yin Yoga Teacher Abhaya was raised in both New York City and London, England. She was introduced to yoga in the late 1980’s. In early 2000, she left the corporate world to pursue her dream of teaching both yoga and the sister science of Ayurveda. Abhaya integrates the 8 limbs and 4 paths of yoga with the sister science of Ayurveda in her classes. Passionate about Ayurveda, in addition to her yoga teaching, she teaches the 50-hour module for the YTT students at both Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. She is the Ad Manager for the Yoga Therapy Today magazine, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and the Ayurveda Journal of Health. She is honored to be joining the RYK family!

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Full Moon Meditation & Lord Buddha's Birthday

RYK Yoga and Meditation Center

$25.00

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