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The Stories of Meditation: From Myth to Medicine: A Weekend with Kira Sloane

  • Sun & Moon Yoga – Arlington 3811 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207 (map)

Meditation has long been understood as the cure to all our ails. Let's find out if its true. Together, we'll dive into some of the ancient stories, catch up on the discoveries of modern science, and most importantly practice. Our purpose is to re-inspire your belief in and commitment to the ordinary magic that is you.

The Action of Meditation
Friday evening, 6:30p - 8:30p

We are not just sitting here hoping for some peace and quiet. We are held by the view that through our direct engagement with the inner workings of our hearts and minds we can pierce that which has all of us in its grip. Seeing clearly results in an unexpected feeling of freedom end ease. Alternating between simple asana and contemplative practices rooted in the Lojong teachings of Loving Kindness (Metta) and Compassion (Karuna), we will hone our skills of increasing our capacity for the infinitely wonderful complexity of our life.

The Prescription of Meditation
Saturday Afternoon Immersion, 12:30p - 5:30p
$100 ($90 for current Dharma Program Participants)

Based on modern marketing, mindfulness seems to be the answer to all our problems. Let’s dive into that claim through an exploration of the old and modern myths, sutras and slokas from selected ancient texts, scientific studies, and our own practices. Our time together will weave lecture and discussion with easy asana, practices to collect our scattered attention, and meditation experiments. We will specifically aim to understand what is meant by mindfulness, how certain practices can directly affect our nervous system, and why to incorporate these understanding into our daily lives.

The Relationship of Meditation
Sunday Afternoon Immersion, 12:30p - 5:30p
$100 ($90 for current Dharma Program Participants)
Just like the practices of yoga, the practices of meditation have become isolated from the richness of the fabric that holds them and us steady. In the attempt to present mindfulness as the solution to all our problems, the “mass-appeal-machine” has reduced the practice to a series of steps that anyone can take. While this approach is well intended, it risks magnifying the experience of duality that is at the root of our pain. Key to our experience of the essential solution is our capacity for relationship. Therefore, our time together will weave lecture, discussion, movement and seated practice, as well as partner work, both in the physical and subtle realms. Our hope is to educe the struggle and effort associated with meditation and increase access to our natural state of ease.

Full Weekend registration:
$200 for current Dharma Program participants