Meditation Unlocked

In this groundbreaking 9 hour workshop series with senior teacher Gary Kraftsow, we will explore the ancient art and science of Meditation, understand its practical relevance for our own lives, and learn the fundamental methods of practice.

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Course Description

Meditation is an ancient practice, found in all world religious traditions, linking the heart and minds of practitioners to sources of guidance, inspiration, and/or the Divine.

Dysfunctional patterns at the level of thought, feeling, and behavior create attachment, identification, conflict, and distraction, and are obstacles to finding the peace of that deep connection.

The Ancient Yogi-s recognized that the root of these dysfunctional patterns is the conditioned mind. They developed the science of meditation to understand, transform, and ultimately master the mind. Mastering the mind, according to the Ancients, is the path to Self- or God-realization, fulfillment, and ultimate liberation.

Meditation Transforms

Scientific and medical research is now demonstrating the incredible health benefits of meditation for the brain and physiology. When undertaken with sincerity and intention, a Yoga meditation practice can help us transform our dysfunctional patterns so that we may:

  • Understand the mind-body connection and gain the ability to influence and regulate autonomic functions.
  • Recognize and transform deep-rooted patterns that underlie and drive our desires, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.
  • Find happiness and a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
  • Tap into and actualize our higher potentials.

What will be covered in this course?

In this course, we will explore the ancient art and science of Meditation, understand its practical relevance for our own lives, and learn the fundamental methods of practice.

We will follow Patanjali’s model for inner practice (Antaraṅga Sādhana), presenting meditation in its component parts, we will give examples from different traditions for each of these stages:

  • Dhāraṇā – focus, one-pointed attention
  • Dhyānam – inquire, reflect, understand, realize
  • Samādhi – connection, absorption, communion

Course Structure

The course will include three 3-hour sessions: each session will include a presentation, time for discussion and Q&A, and a full practice.

Week One: Understanding the stages of Meditation

  • Dhāraṇā - Mind training
  • Mastering the field of attention
  • We will cover methods for mastering the field of attention, including creating focus using taste, smell, auditory, touch, visual.
  • Using Dhāraṇā in your personal practice
  • Examples in world traditions

Week Two: Understanding the art of Meditation

  • Dhyānam - deepening our capacity for self-reflection
  • We will learn tools for deepening our capacity for self-reflection. Gary will speak about Svādhyāya (self study), Pratipakṣa bhāvanam (cognitive reframing), and make some parallels to other world religious practices.
  • Using Dhyānam in your personal practice
  • Examples in world traditions

Week Three: Understanding the goal of Meditation

  • Samādhi – merging with something beyond the mind
  • Understanding traditional methods that support an experience of Samādhi
  • Using those Samādhi 'methods' in your personal practice
  • Examples in world traditions

Replay

The workshops will be recorded and replay access offered to all students until 15th August 2022.

Certification

You will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion. Meditation Unlocked counts for 9 CPD hours eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.

Meet the Teacher

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France in 1988.

Gary graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University in 1976 and received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. Around that time, he opened the Maui School of Yoga Therapy. In 1999, he founded the American Viniyoga Institute™, LLC. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally.

Gary has successfully developed the protocol for two National Institutes of Health studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety”, as well for the “Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace” clinical trial for Aetna Insurance Company.

He is the Director and Senior Teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI®), the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, and author of four educational DVD’s: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders, Viniyoga Therapy for Depression, and Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety. He has also produced several online workshops: Pranayama Unlocked, Meditation Unlocked, Yoga Therapy for Depression, Yoga Therapy for Better Sleep, Yoga Therapy for Anxiety, and Āsana Unlocked.

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