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Do you have a meditation practice? Want to start one? Curious about mindfulness and how to integrate mindfulness into your life? Looking to deepen your practice? This is a group for anyone interested in practicing or learning about mindfulness and meditation. There are so many wonderful opportunities to practice with communities in other boroughs of NYC--but not so many in Queens. Let's create mindful community right here in our own neighborhood so we can support one another and practice together. This Meetup group will be used to post local mindfulness events, meditation classes, talks, and more. No experience with meditation or mindfulness necessary. All experience levels welcome. If you know of a mindfulness event happening in Astoria (or in other Queens neighborhoods,) please let the organizer know. Please note: you do NOT have to live in Astoria (or even in Queens) to attend one of our meetups.

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Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion Challenge 10 day free online

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Let’s exercise and increase our capacity to have compassion towards ourselves and those around us by dedicating 10 days (or as many as you are able) to practice. Jan 21-30. Tara is a wonderful and beloved teacher and is offering these teachings freely online, in addition to some guest teachers and speakers. While joining people around the world, we can also get a local buddy system going to encourage us in our practice and even have an in-person or Zoom check-in if that’s workable with schedules and folks want. Please sign up here if you’re interested: https://product.soundstrue.com/radical-compassion-challenge/register/

Mindful Astoria: Wednesday Meditation Gathering

Presbyterian Church of Astoria

Mindful Astoria: Wednesday Meditation Gathering Join us on Wednesday nights for meditation and conversation about mindfulness. Learn how to bring mindfulness into daily life, and how to establish, maintain, and deepen a personal mindfulness practice. Each gathering will consist of instruction in different forms of mindfulness meditation, and time for group discussion and connecting with the community. Depending on the week, the teacher may give a talk or share a reading about a related topic. Check out our group guidelines: https://mindfulastoria.wordpress.com/guidelines/ Teacher for this night's gathering: Manaslu Gurung and Emily Herzlin Manaslu Gurung has been a member of Mindful Astoria since 2015. Earlier that same year, she learned how to meditate at a Tibetan Monastery in Nepal during a ten-day introductory course on Buddhism. Since then, she has been learning to re-chart her life’s course. She has been an active member of the community since coming to Astoria, including leading a local Community Supported Agriculture group (Long Island City CSA) and co-organizing community events for Mindful Astoria. She is a graduate of the year-long mindfulness meditation teacher training at the Interdependence Project. Manaslu loves cooking, houseplants, knitting and travel, and is grateful to everyone at Mindful Astoria for our commitment to our practice and our efforts to create a loving, caring, and supportive community. Emily Herzlin is a writer and teacher with a particular love for memoir and poetry. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia in 2012. She began practicing meditation in 2003. In college she found her way to the Interdependence Project, where she now teaches meditation courses and retreats. She is a Certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Teacher, and trained in MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been teaching meditation since 2011 to groups and individuals. She works as a Mind-Body Instructor at Weill Cornell Medicine. She completed the yearlong meditation teacher training program at the Interdependence Project. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program. She is the founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Astoria. Mindful Astoria Every Wednesday, 7-8:30pm at the Astoria First Presbyterian Church. All gatherings are drop-in, but RSVP. $5-$10 at the door to cover meetup dues and support the teachers and the Astoria Presbyterian Church. *Note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you cannot afford the suggested donation, please give what you are able. Email any questions to Emily Herzlin at [masked]. Looking forward to deepening practice and strengthening mindful community with you all!

Real Happiness Meditation Challenge 2020

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It's that time of the year again - the Real Happiness Meditation Challenge with Sharon Salzberg. You can register by visiting her website. The challenge starts on Saturday, February 1st. Register for the free daily emailed teachings and meditations here: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/2020-real-happiness-challenge Mindful Astoria has a tradition of loosely following along with the 4-week challenge during the month of February. The general topics covered are: Week 1: Concentration Week 2: Mindfulness of Body Week 3: Mindfulness of Emotions and Thoughts Week 4: Lovingkindness In our Wednesday gatherings during these weeks we will touch on these topics. You do not need to participate in the challenge to attend our meetings during this time. (And you also don't need to attend our meetings to participate in the challenge!) Feel free to comment below and let us know how the challenge is going for you!

Gentle Yoga - Tuesday Evenings

First Presbyterian Church

Gentle Yoga class begins with meditation, warm-ups and breathing techniques that prepare the body for postures. Each class offers a unique sequence that strengthens, lengthens, and balances the entire being, and ends with deep relaxation and meditation. For your body: Stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and connect to breath. For your mind: Explore meditation, cultivate concentration, and enhance focus. For your spirit: Encourage nonjudgmental self-observation, attune to inner wisdom, and invite deep stillness. Manaslu Gurung is a 200-hour Kripalu Yoga trained teacher. Suggested donation: $10

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Gentle Yoga - Tuesday Evenings

First Presbyterian Church

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