Bridging Yoga and Meditation with Michael Stone
October 21-23, 2016
Join Michael Stone for a weekend that integrates yoga and Buddhism, posture practice, philosophy and meditation.
"Michael is one of the rare teachers that can weave together yoga postures, deep philosophical inquiry and daily life, and also explore aspects of yoga that are rarely taught and rarely understood. True to tradition and very contemporary, he teaches a true transformation of mind, body and heart" --Richard Freeman
"The connection of mind and body has never been explored and explained better" --Sharon Gannon, cofounder, Jivamukti Yoga
Location: The morning sessions of Saturday and Sunday (10 am - 1 pm) will take place at Dance-up studio - Sofia Florou at Monastiraki, 1 Protogenous str. 5th floor. For all the other sessions we will be at the cozy yoga shala of Athens Yoga at Panormou.
Friday evening: Opening Talk
Friday, 7 pm – 9 pm
Genuine Peace: How Yoga & Meditation Really Work
People are drawn to the interior practices of mindfulness, largely because they find themselves vulnerable to overstimulation, exhaustion, and being overwhelmed. Meditation teaches us how to calm the mind and body, how to recognize when we are over-extended or burning out, and how to mitigate the tendency to worry and ruminate. Yoga & Meditation can also be tools that inspire to improve our families and communities.
Drawing on the insights of western psychology as well as his practice of Buddhist meditation, Michael will offer reflections and practices for making friends with your mind.
Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm & 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm & 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
These sessions will explore the intersection of alignment based practice with the opening of the subtle body. We will blend detailed physical alignment with practices to help you calm the mind and transform distractions and difficult emotions.
We will integrate traditional maps from hatha and tantra yoga, with new insights from evidence-based movement, considering the ways in which yoga can develop both internally and also be practised with intelligent alignment.
Meditation will be included in this session.
Afternoon meditation and study
In the afternoons, you will learn to settle your mind, find space in your breathing, and stabilize your emotions. This will allow you to investigate your experience with more clarity and depth.
Michael will synthesize techniques from Vipassana, Zen and yoga lineages while also describing the existential and psychological aspects of meditation.
This workshop is like being in a yoga workshop, a university classroom, and a monastery. All at once!
Note: Please bring your own meditation cushion, bench or bolster for sitting meditation practice. In case you don't have and can't find or buy one please ask the staff to reserve on of the venue's cushions for you.
Shôken Michael Stone is a renowned Yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. He brings together traditional practices and lineages, with the insights of western psychology, philosophy and medicine. He is the voice of a new generation of practitioners articulating a spiritual practice that focuses both on personal healing and social awakening. He teaches internationally and lives with his family in Canada.
Full seminar 290 € (234 € plus VAT 56 €)
Per session (morning or afternoon) 75 € (60 € plus VAT 15 €)
Per day € (114 € plus VAT 36 €)
In case of cancellation:
2 months prior to the event, 100% refund (except possible money-transfer fees)
1 month prior to the event, 50% refund
Less than a month prior to the event, no refund
For more information contact Athens Yoga at firstname.lastname@example.org and +302130383611.