Meditation—the practice of being present moment by moment—has been practiced throughout the ages as a way to know more about one’s self and one’s world. The benefits of a meditation practice are on many levels: increased relaxation on the physical level, greater calmness and peace on the emotional level, and more clarity and ability to focus on the mental level. But perhaps the greatest benefit is that the practice can unhinge us a little from our habitual, patterned thoughts and behaviors so that there is the possibility of a new perspective on the world and with that the possibility of new responses.

There are of course many different techniques of meditation and, depending on the length of the workshop, Bhavani offers one or more of the following: meditation on the breath (anapana sati), walking meditation, mantra meditation, lovingkindness meditation (metta), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) as meditation, and chanting as meditation.


Chanting and Meditation

Chanting and Meditation have always been part of spiritual traditions. Sanskrit chanting is the yoga of devotion, eliciting a meditative state that moves naturally to stillness, so that meditation is easier and deeper. No previous experience with chanting or meditation is needed; the background of the group will guide the workshop. The benefits of both chanting and meditation are magnified when practiced in a group, so don’t miss this opportunity to join with others in these ancient transformational practices.


Applying the Magic of Mantra

Rishis have said that when you do mantra practice in a group you get the benefit of saying the mantra not only the number of times that there are people in the group with each repetition but the square of that number. This workshop is the perfect way to unite in the power of a mantra practice community! In our four days together we will support each other with heartfelt purpose as we invoke specific energies to clear away obstacles and set in motion our conscious intentions.

Each day will begin with a powerful guided “cleaning out” pranayama. After that we’ll practice mantras in many ways: speaking them; singing the simple Vedic tunes of mantra meditation; chanting full out—with dancing, of course; doing meditative yoga and other movement to mantra; and sitting in silent mantra repetition.

As our primary mantra during the program we’ll take the 12-syllable mantra of liberation, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, which can be translated “Om and salutations to the Indwelling One in me that is ever in unity with all of creation. Kindly reveal your truth to me.”

We’ll also chant

  • mantras to Ganesha to clear away obstacles, both for ourselves and our planet,
  • mantras to Lakshmi to attract abundance in every area of our lives,
  • the Gayatri mantra, said to be the most supreme and potent of all mantras, and
  • the ancient mantra for transformation, Om Namah Shivaya.

Participants will emerge from the program with a clear intention and a personal “family” of mantras to continue their practice at home. This program is appropriate for those with any level of experience with mantra. The only prerequisite is the willingness to join in the group practice. Note to participants: Be sure to bring your journal and a mala.


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Introduction to Meditation

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Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 57 Interlaken Road , Stockbridge, MA 01262

Heard about the benefits of meditation and wondered what the practice is really like? Or maybe you’ve had some meditation instruction but haven’t yet found a technique that fits your temperament and lifestyle, one that allows you to sustain a regular practice.

Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, known for her clear instruction and user-friendly approach, introduces you to meditation techniques from the yogic and Buddhist traditions, including

Meditation on the breath Loving-kindness meditation Walking meditation Pranayama (breathing exercises) Mantra meditation Sanskrit chanting as meditation. Gain the inspiration and clarity you need to continue meditating at home, ultimately bringing greater peace, equanimity, and contentment into your life.


CANCELED Speaking From The Heart with Bhavani Lorraine-Nelson

The Yoga Space, 82 Washington St, Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Whether your public speaking is on stage, teaching, or offering a toast, you’re not alone if you experience performance anxiety. For many, the fear of public speaking ranks higher than the fear of death. This workshop will teach you how to use the tools of breath and yoga to transform your fear into the joy that comes from authentically communicating the message of your heart.

You will learn:

~exercises to bring you present in your body before you speak; ~the body’s relaxation-producing breath, which naturally dissipates anxiety; ~and mindfulness techniques that maintain an inner focus.

“My promise to you is not that you’ll no longer feel any fear, but that it will no longer hold you back from sharing your uniqueness with the world.” Bhavani Lorraine-Nelson


CANCELED Classic Kirtan with Bhavani Lorraine Nelson at The Yoga Space

The Yoga Space, 82 Washington St , Keene, New Hampshire 03431

It was Krishna himself who said that the simple calling out of the divine names is the best spiritual practice in chaotic times. Chanting is a breathing practice—now prescribed by doctors for their heart patients; a meditation—see how quiet your monkey mind is as you immerse yourself in the chanting; a place to put your yearning for a direct experience of the divine; and above all else, it’s cheerful. It’s also true that we that we magnify the power of the chant when we practice as a group. So join us!

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