Inspirational Yoga & Pilates Classes, Workshops & Retreats
25 Years In Kent
Starting Wednesday 4 October 2017
The next one starts in Spring 2018
Venue: The Seekers Trust, Addington, West Malling, ME19 5BL
Course dates: Wednesday 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 8 Nov and 22 Nov, 7pm-9pm
This will be a course suitable for beginners or those who have done some meditation before, where you will learn simple, easy-to-use meditation and mindfulness techniques to create a more balanced, happy and calm life.
Meditation is about bringing the mind back from the teeming, noisy chaos of thoughts and emotions to quietness, clarity and silence. Meditation relaxes the body, brings steadiness of mind and opens the heart. It allows you to see your life in a new perspective and brings a greater sense of delight and spontaneity to your everyday life.
What will you learn?
Over the period of 4 sessions I will introduce you to various meditation techniques that will help you destress and use your mind to its full potential. Teachings include: breathing techniques, mantra mediation, mindfulness and visualisation.
Discover how easy and comfortable meditation can be!
Learn and apply this powerful ancient tool in the midst of your life.
The essence of all great spiritual paths and philosophies is to know the Self, to know the truth.
The course will be over 4 Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm.
The course will include:
- What is meditation?
- How to meditate
- Benefits of meditation
- Trying different types and styles of meditation
- Discussions, feedback, support.
Rose-Marie Sorokin, B.A., Dip BWY is a qualified and registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher (British Wheel of Yoga) and has more than 20 years experience in the mind-body area.
Tea/herbal teas and snacks will be served.
Course fee: £98
Free Meditation with Rose-Marie. Download here:
Science shows that Meditation changes your Brain
by Rose-Marie Sorokin
When I first started to teach yoga and meditation in the 1990’s I was surprised at how prevalent stress and stress related problems were. Now many years later, it is even worse! Many people come to a crucial point when they feel that they simply have to do something about their stress levels. Instead of relying on medication or stimulants, they now increasingly turn to meditation.
However, people meditate for all sorts of reasons, not only to deal with stress, but to improve relationships, understand themselves better, tap into their potential, increase creativity, find meaning and purpose in life, awaken their spirituality. Whatever your reason is for trying meditation, it is an effective way to experience a sense of peace and well-being.
In the past, many people thought that meditation was something strange or something that only monks on mountain tops were doing. I am pleased to say that this perception has changed radically! One reason for this is that there is now overwhelming research showing incredible benefits of meditation.
Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation. An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. The study involved taking magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain’s of 16 study participants two weeks prior to participating in the study. MRI images of the participants were also taken after the study was completed.
“The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection”
Can anyone meditate?
Yes! But it is a good question to ask, as many people think they don't have the temperament for meditation, have tried it briefly only to give up, or they see it as an esoteric discipline without application to their lives. Under the right circumstances, pretty much anybody can concentrate, relax and meditate.
People often confuse meditation with relaxation or some other special state that you have to get to or feel. Some people try to meditate and don’t feel that they are getting anywhere or feel anything special, so they think that they are one of those people who can't do it.
However, meditation is not about feeling a certain way or experiencing anything in particular. It is about being still and feeling the way you feel. It's not about emptying the mind and getting rid of all thoughts, although with time you will experience more stillness and fewer thoughts. Above all, meditation is about letting the mind be as it is and relaxing into that. It is not about reaching a certain goal, but about allowing yourself to be in the moment. It is really very simple, but we love to make it complicated!