Deepening Your Practice is a course designed for those who have completed the 8 Week Foundations of Mindfulness Course. This course will help you delve more deeply into the foundational practices, expand your experiential learning, and encourage your personal practice to grow deeper roots. We will also learn some new practices to add to your mindfulness tool box, while allowing more time for inquiry, questions, and discussion.
This Course Includes:
Four weekly two-hour sessions
An expanded exploration of the key principles and practices learned in the 8-Week Course
New Practices to deepen your current practice
New Guided Meditations provided each week
A Silent Retreat- A healthy snack and beverages will be provided
A 20-minute Personal Practice Interview with Lina (these will be held after class for the duration of the 4 weeks- a sign-up sheet will be available on the first day of class).
Readings/Handouts to accompany and reinforce the theme each week
Guidance and support in the exploration of obstacles to practice and how to overcome these.
An opportunity to continue to meditate, give and receive mindful support, and foster connection in a mindful community
Email support during the course
Must have taken the 8 Week Foundations of Mindfulness Course, or have taken another equivalent multi-week Introductory Mindfulness Course
Have a committed daily formal and informal practice.
What you will Learn:
Week 1:Delving Deeply into Breath & Body. We will explore the subtle aspects of breath and how sustained focus nurtures calm and stillness. We will also explore what supports you in sustaining a mindfulness practice, what gets in the way, and how to work with both of these energies.
Week 2: Working with Difficult Emotions and Stepping Out of Our Stories. Our stories and the difficult emotions that arise are what often keep us stuck. This week we’ll explore working with these in ways that can be liberating. We’ll also look at how to apply intention and attention in ways that support our growing mindfulness.
Week 3: The Power of Self-Compassion This week we’ll look at how Self-Compassion nurtures Resilience. We will also expand our Loving-Kindness practice to include all beings and discuss how using Compassion and Loving-Kindness practices can support our relationships.
Week 4: Finding Balance and Strength. The final week we will learn how equanimity and joy practices support balance and strength. We will also explore how to nurture strength in our daily lives and curiosity to keep our practice going.
20-minute Personal Practice Interview with Lina This will be an opportunity to discuss your personal practice one on one and receive individualized advice and guidance. The interview will be held after class. A sign-up sheet will be available on the first day of class for you to schedule your time. This is a wonderful opportunity to plan the best daily meditation practice for you right now. I will provide some guiding questions prior to the interview. The intention is for you to leave the interview with a clear understanding of the next steps and specific practices that you will be exploring this summer through your practice.
Half Day Silent Retreat (9AM to 1PM) This Retreat will include:
Instruction on how to engage in a silent retreat
Four Different Guided Meditations
Healthy Snack and Beverages provided
Final Group Share and Discussion last half hour.
Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. If you have a cushion and would like to bring it, please feel free to do so.
Please Register your interest in this course below: