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Thanksgiving Morning Yoga and Sitting Meditation with Terry Lesser

Thursday, November 25, 2010 8:30 – 10:15 am

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy – because we will always want to have something else or something more.” -Brother David Steindl-Rast

Certainly we can be thankful for the precious opportunity to practice together. In silent sitting and movement, this morning is appropriate for all, regardless of experience. Yoga is not about having some special kind of yogi body. It is about letting go of ideas of how we should be or what we should do, and allowing ourselves to fully engage in the present moment. Then we are able to be grateful for and enjoy the body we have, just as it is. Please bring a large towel and yoga sticky mat. If you don’t have your own, mats are available.

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.