FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 7 – 8:30pm
Chanting is practiced all over the world, in many traditions. It connects people, and can be a form of prayer. Join Jennifer for this very special experience of chanting together. We'll do some small movements, pranayama, quiet meditation, and of course making sound and bathing in it in the resonant space that is The Loft.
There are different types of yoga practices. We often equate yoga with the Rāja Yoga path — the 8-limbed path that includes āsana (physical practices) and prāṇāyāma (breathing practices). The other paths are Karma Yoga – the path of action; Jñāna Yoga – the path of knowledge; and Bhakti Yoga – the path of devotion. Chanting is a part of the Bhakti Yoga tradition.
Besides the traditional aspects of this practice, chanting has been researched and been shown to have many benefits for people including decreased cortisol levels; increased vagal tone; decreased anxiety, rumination and mind wandering; and enhanced social connections.
Many years before coming to yoga, Jennifer completed a music degree with a minor in religious studies. This part of the yoga practice reaches back to that time, to her roots, and she's excited to be able to share her love of music with you all.
Curious about benefits of chanting? Here are some links to research.
MONDAYS 7 – 8:30 pm
No pre-registration required
Mindfulness is a form of meditation rooted in early Buddhist teachings. It is a way of cultivating awareness and understanding of oneself and others that fosters compassion, well-being and inner freedom.
Join us on Monday nights. Viveka will lead the group in a guided meditation, followed by a dharma talk and questions. Starting February 27, he'll be leading the group through conversations about the 5 Hindrances.
Viveka is a Buddhist monk who teaches mindfulness and compassionate living. He began exploring meditation in the early 90’s, attended his first retreat in 2002, and ordained with Sayadaw U Tejaniya in 2013. Over a 20-year period, he was fortunate to train with various well-respected lay teachers and Buddhist masters. Five years ago he began offering meditation retreats, weekly sessions, and facilitating Insight Dialogue events internationally. Currently, he lives in Eastern Canada.
Viveka est un moine bouddhiste qui enseigne la pleine conscience et la compassion. Il commence à explorer la méditation au début des années 90, assiste à sa première retraite en 2002 et est ordonné avec Sayadaw U Tejaniya en 2013. Pendant plus de 20 ans, il pratique et étudie auprès de divers enseignants laïcs et maîtres bouddhistes hautement respectés. Depuis cinq ans, il anime des retraites et des sessions de méditation ainsi que des événements de Dialogue Conscient à l’international. Actuellement, il habite l'Est du Canada.