Science and Practice of Meditation and Yoga | June 2, 2018
10.00 AM – 1.00 PM – Workshops
1.00 PM – 2.00 PM – Lunch (vegetarian lunch included)
2.00 PM – 5.00 PM – Workshops
Immerse yourself in the practice and science of yoga and meditation. Learn techniques to generate greater mindfulness, concentration and relaxation of body and mind.
The ancient yogis termed these practices an intuitional science. In this workshop, we will delve into the practice and theory behind this science.
Recent research in neuroscience has shown that meditation calms the mind, slows the aging of the brain and actually increases the brain’s grey matter in areas affecting attention and executive functions.
In the traditional Hatha Yoga texts, it is said that the practice of yoga postures by themselves are “fruitless” in attaining spiritual awakening unless also combined with meditation. In this workshop, we will use Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga system and research in neuroscience and bio-psychology to show how you can “fruitfully” integrate the practice of both yoga and meditation as a lifestyle. Practitioners of yoga and meditation have attested to the fact that knowledge of the neurophysiology of meditation and yoga enhances their practices.
This workshop is for those who want to attain greater mindfulness in life and the joy of a deeper, more integrated yoga and meditation practice.
Yoga: we will start the day with a relaxing yoga class and then move into the practice of meditation.
Meditation 1: a guided meditation class in mindfulness, concentration and mantra techniques for inner peace and spiritual awakening from the Yoga Sutras and from Tantra.
Biopsychology and neuroscience: in this class you will learn the structure and function of glands, nerves and the allied chakras to regulate thoughts and emotions.
Meditation 2: we will end the day with practical yoga philosophy and guided meditation on how to tame the monkey mind to achieve a sense of peace and unity.
These individual workshops will support each other in creating a synthesis of body, mind and spirit integration.
Ramesh is the Director of the Prama Wellness Center where lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified yoga detox theraphist from the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).
Dr. Sid Jordan
Sid has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher since 1971. As a clinical psychologist, he taught psychotherapy and community psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and served as director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services in a community center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC over a period of 25 years. Since 1994, he has been developing a green intentional community north of Asheville on 140 acres of land.
Radhika Banu Bjonnes
Radhika (500-RYT) is an experienced and dedicated yoga and meditation teacher, aroma-therapist, and a practitioner of various creative movement arts. She has been practicing yoga and meditation daily since 2001. In addition, Radhika holds a 60 hour certification and a 400 hour Diploma in Rajadhiraja Yoga from AMYA, a state certified yoga school in Singapore, a 100 hour certification in Yin Yoga led by Victor Chng, and a 100 hour certification in yoga for pregnancy, birth and baby. She has also completed modules in pre- and post-natal yoga and yoga for active birth.