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Half-Day Retreat – Morning of Yoga and Meditation

January 6, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

After the busyness of the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and supportive place where we can slow down, connect with our bodies, and reflect on our intentions for the coming year. We will alternate our mindfulness practice between the movement of yoga and the stillness of seated meditation. The retreat is appropriate for both beginners and experienced yogis.You do not have to be flexible to do yoga or have a particular body type; you need only be as you are. Seated meditation will be both guided and silent. No experience is necessary. Bring a towel. Yoga mats are available if you don’t have your own.

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, October 25 2014, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this retreat we will develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. Our focus will be on the first three foundations of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, of feelings or sensations, and of mental processes. We will integrate guided and silent meditation, moving meditation (yoga poses), breath work, and relaxation, and let the synergy of these practices inform and deepen one another to open heart and mind.

The retreat is appropriate for beginners to either yoga or meditation as well as more experienced yogis and meditators. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga, nor to have a particular body type – you need only to be as you are. We will do simple seated, reclining, and standing movements. Yoga mats are available, but please bring your own if you have one, along with a large towel.

Terry Lesser’s biography

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

After the busyness and external focus that often accompanies the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and perhaps help clarify what is important for the coming year.

Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators – you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use.

Terry Lesser’s biography

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, January 4, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

After the busyness and external focus that often accompanies the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and perhaps help clarify what is important for the coming year.

Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators – you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use.

Terry Lesser’s biography

Half-Day Retreat: Meditation and Yoga with Terry Lesser

Saturday, January 8, 2011, 9:00am to 12:30pm

This retreat offers an opportunity to develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. We will integrate yoga poses, breath work, relaxation, loving-kindness (metta), and guided and silent meditation and let the synergy of these practices inform and deepen one another to open heart and mind. The retreat is appropriate for beginners to either yoga or meditation as well as experienced yogis and meditators. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga, nor to have a particular body type; you need only to be as you are. Please bring a large towel and yoga mat if you have one.

Terry teaches Yoga for Meditation. She has been teaching classes and retreats at the Insight Meditation Center since 1995. She began practicing yoga in 1984, and has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1992. Trained in Iyengar style yoga, she also teaches at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto. Her teaching is gentle, supportive, and sensitive to individual abilities.

Half-Day Retreat: Meditation and Yoga with Terry Lesser

Saturday, May 1, 2010, 9am to 12:30pm

In this mini-retreat, we will awaken our bodies, minds and hearts to the present moment. We will integrate yoga, breathwork, meditation, metta (loving kindness), and relaxation and let these practices inform and deepen one another. The morning is appropriate for beginners and those with more experience. Our aim is not perfect poses or perfect meditation, but to connect deeply with ourselves and allow the emergence of our innate wisdom, capabilities, joy, tranquility and compassion.

Terry has been teaching yoga at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) for over ten years. She trained in Iyengar style yoga and is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program. She also teaches yoga and meditation at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto. Her teaching is gentle, supportive, and sensitive to individual students’ abilities.

Please bring a large towel and yoga sticky mat and sitting cushion if you have them. If you don’t, mats and cushions will be available for you to use.

Awakening to Joy: Workshop and Book Reading with James Baraz

Saturday, January 9, 2010, 9:30am to 12:30pm

In Buddhism, Joy is both a Factor of Enlightenment and one of the four Divine Abodes.  Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world, more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of spiritual practice. True happiness is not about acquiring anything but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you.  This workshop is based on the popular 10-month Awakening Joy course that thousands have taken since 2003 to develop our natural capacity for well-being and happiness. We will learn basic principles and experiential exercises for developing and increasing wholesome states (two of the four Wise Efforts) drawn from Buddhist philosophy and presented in a user-friendly way.

James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he started the Family Program, Community Dharma Leader Program and Kalyana Mitta Network. He leads retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S. and abroad and has been teaching the Awakening Joy course (www.awakeningjoy.info) since 2003. James is co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy due in 2010 (Bantam) which is based on the course. In addition, he is on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.