Introduction to Meditation
Is your newsfeed full of posts about mindfulness, meditation and yoga?
Suddenly everyone seems to be talking about this stuff! Life moves fast, and we're all working hard to keep up. As a massage therapist and yoga/meditation teacher I hear your stories of stress and overwhelm almost every day. I feel it too. I've found that a straightforward approach to meditation, applied daily (or nearly) is a concrete way I can support my mental and emotional health.
I like to call it mental flossing.
We make time for physical hygiene right? On a practical level meditation is a way we can incorporate mental healthcare into our routine.
This course is designed for absolute beginners and those who would like to go deeper.
Whether you're brand new or you've meditated before, this class is for you. You'll have the chance to practice in a supportive setting with other people and learn new ways to support your practice.
Let's address a common concern right off the bat: Meditation does not, I repeat DOES NOT require you to stop thinking. That's just not going to happen! Instead, we'll learn practical tools to help navigate the thoughts, feelings and sensations that always seem to be tumbling around in our mind and body. By encouraging the busy mind to settle and gain some focus we create the conditions for a more resilient and wakeful experience of life. We gradually become less reactive and more tolerant.
I believe this is needed in today's world.
Maybe you've been meaning to try meditation for a while?
Ideally, this class will help you implement a daily mindfulness practice that makes sense for your life. Meditation is not a trend, nor is it a cure-all. Each person's experience will be unique. Let's dive in and see how this works for you!
I teach in an informal but focused way, approaching the material with a sense of humour and encouraging group connection because I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other.
This course consists of six 75-minute sessions. Each class will include an introduction to key concepts, group discussion and, of course, time to practice meditation together!
There will be time for questions each week, plus I'm available by email between classes.
You will receive a resource package at the beginning of the course and throughout I will send occasional recordings for guided meditation practice at home.
Here's what one student says:
“This class has really opened something up for me, in ways I hadn’t anticipated. It’s shifted my perspective and daily experience in both subtle and more obvious ways. Annie's style of teaching is quietly revolutionary, so helpful, nonjudgmental yet rigorous, specific, and profound.”
This class will be held on six Wednesday afternoons from 1PM-2:15PM
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
The location is at my Tiny Studio in Kars, Ontario (rural Ottawa South). Address will be in registration letter.
If finances are a limiting factor just email me and let me know what you can afford right now.
Reduced fee spaces and payment plans are always available, no questions asked!
I’m a registered massage therapist, yoga & meditation teacher, anatomy geek, mother of two, wife, semi-recovered save-the-world type, keeper of a messy kitchen and a tiny, beautiful yoga studio just south of Ottawa. My students tell me I'm funny, caring and easy to connect with.
I've studied yoga & meditation in various settings and traditions for nearly 20 years and worked closely with my primary teacher, Michael Stone for eight years.
Sometimes life can be really hard, for all of us. I believe that magic happens when we join forces and learn new ways to care for ourselves and each other. Creating space for this kind of connection is what I do.