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Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm Since the time of the Buddha, people have practiced mindfulness meditation. Today, both neuroscience and medical research have studied the effects of meditation and discovered many benefits of this practice. These include stress reduction and an increase in our capacity for peace and happiness. These Wednesday evening mindfulness meditation classes are ongoing and a great place to start your own regular meditation practice or to deepen your current practice. All are welcome! Suggested donation: $5 – $15 Your generous donations are essential for the continuation of programs like this. No one turned away due to lack of funds — please contact us (http://www.gyalwagyatso.org/contact.html) to make arrangements.
In this class we will study the second of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students. The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path. This second volume describes the foundation of Buddhist practice. It covers important topics which will guide us, help us stay focused on worthwhile subjects and build a firm foundation for a healthy Dharma practiced. " May I read, reflect and meditate on the Buddha's teachings so that I can become a kind, compassionate and wise person.Through this may I be of benefit to all living beings, and in the long term, may I become a fully awakened Buddha." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama Drop by anytime — there is no need to have taken prior classes in this series.
Every Saturday morning 8:00am to 9:15am Join Lisa Konie as she leads this class in Yoga basics, focused on Hatha Yoga poses with emphasis on the details of specific postures, alignment, breathing and relaxation techniques. The student will be gently guided into a quiet, grounded practice which celebrates the meditative, peaceful qualities of classical yoga. This is a great way to learn the basics and build a solid foundation from the ground up. Lisa Konie became an avid practitioner of yoga before deepening her practice by completing the Joy of Yoga training program under Jennifer Prugh. She combines a mindful approach with attention to proper alignment and physical, body awareness. Lisa is also dedicated to conveying the importance of the philosophy of yoga through readings, quotes, imagery, and themes in each class she leads. As an attorney, Lisa learned early on that an outlet to release stress was critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and was essential to sustainability within the chaos of Silicon Valley. Off the mat, Lisa loves animals and is a long-term volunteer with the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, where she volunteers in-hospital, as well as caring for native wildlife in her home. Lisa is registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and is currently pursuing her 500-hour certification as well. Connect with Lisa at [masked] . Suggested donation: $15 per class