Meditation

In the Himalayan Yoga Tradition, meditation is seen as a systematic method which leads one from the lower, material levels of awareness to the highest and most subtle state of consciousness. (“Yoga is samadhi.” – Vyasa’s commentary on YS I.1). The methods of applying meditative states of consciousness and meditative insights are studied so as to purify one’s thoughts and emotions and to refine one’s activities in everyday life.  In actual practice, systematic “Steps of Meditation” are learned, including basic relaxations and breath awareness at the physical level. When these are established, sushumna application and subtle-body awareness is introduced along with mantra.

Series classes (6 week sessions)

  • Meditation I – Learning the Basics
  • Meditation II – Superconscious Meditation (prereq:  Med I)
  • Meditation III – Mantra, The Key to Deeper Meditation (prereq: Med I, Med II)

Guided Meditations  – Offered

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is taught as an integrated practice, which includes: centering, basic relaxations, correct breathing, breath-awareness, stretching sequences using the Joints & Glands movements, asana refinement, subtle-body relaxations, pranayamas, and meditation. Hatha Yoga is defined as the “forcing” of the subtle energies and also as “the balancing of solar and lunar energies.” In the Prana-Vidya Hatha Yoga style of doing asanas, one’s concentration is not only on positioning the body correctly, but also on experiencing what is happening within and how the prana body expresses itself. There is reverence and gentleness in one’s hatha practice and one’s hatha teaching. There is subtle observation in the mind, moving from inside out, and the ability to totally relax non-active parts of the body and move prana into tense areas by means of concentration and the breath. Also, Hatha Yoga, as taught by Swami Veda, is understood as “a continuum” involving all the angas (rungs) of Raja Yoga, especially Ahimsa (non-violence).

Series classes (6 week sessions)

  • Hatha I – Beginning
  • Hatha II – Intermediate / Continuing (prereq:  Hatha I )

Drop-In Classes  – Open to all.  Join any class:

Thursday Evening Satsang

In the spiritual tradition, Thursdays are considered a sacred day because it is the day of Jupiter, the guru of devas, gods, and in this way the guru is honored. The Center community gathers together in satsang each Thursday — join others for all or part of the shared evening!

  • Hatha for Everyone! –  6-7:00 PM
  • Guided Meditation – 7- 7:30 PM
  • Lecture – 7:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Vegetarian Meal – 8:30 – 9:00 PM

Sunday Satsang

Sunday Satsang sessions are informal gatherings of people who are interested in refining their meditative practices and their lifestyles following the teachings of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition.

Senior Teachers Jim Nelson and Michael Smith host each session:

  • 45-minute Guided Meditation (10-10:45 AM)
  • Presentation and a Discussion (10:45 AM – Noon)

Workshops

The Center has a deep teaching staff both locally and from within our global family who share their experience in various workshops throughout the year.

Retreats

Retreats are a good way to deepen one’s practice by immersing one’s self for a longer period of time.  The Center offers several retreat options:

  • Weekend Silence retreats (offered several times during the year),
  • Summer Silence Retreat of 5 or 10 days, or
  • Personal retreats guided by the Center’s spiritual guides.
  • Aspiring teachers and current teachers can attend the teacher’s training, HYT-TTP retreats or continuing education, Prana Vidya retreats

Special Events

The Center offers special events throughout the year such as the 40-day Spiritual Festival each Summer, open houses, International Yoga Day in June, Spiritual Cinema viewings, and many more.

HYT – Teachers Training Program

and Continuing Education

Each Summer, the Center is pleased to host  a retreat for the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher’s Training Program (HYT-TTP) of our parent organization, AHYMSIN (Association of Yoga Meditation Societies International).  HYT-TTP offers 200 and 600-hour  integrated programs of self-transformation leading to self-realization in the authentic tradition of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Continuing Education programs are also available. AHYMSIN is dedicated to making available the teachings of Swami Rama. Continuing Studies students will receive the same high quality instruction as those in teacher training with no testing requirements.  Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for all our programs.

  • HYT-TTP Level 1 (2 weeks)
  • HYT-TTP Level 2 (2 weeks)
  • Prana Vidya 1 Workshop (1 week)
  • Prana Vidya 2 Workshop (1 week)

Biofeedback

The Center offers biofeedback to its community as a tool to refine and strengthen elements of one’s yoga and meditation practices.  Biofeedback helps support the process of learning self-regulation. This model integrates the practice of Yoga/Meditation with Biofeedback.

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