Updated: Feb 22, 2022
Thanks in part to Miv London, LRY instructor and Meditation Program Coordinator, there has never been a better time to begin a meditation practice with Laughing River Yoga.
In an effort to expand access to mindfulness and meditation practices within our studio community and beyond, Miv has helped us develop a robust list of programming and offerings for first-timers and seasoned meditators alike:
- Freely offered Morning Meditations for the Month of March
- Donation-based Weekly Meditation & Book Group, "Meditation & Conversation."
- Donation-based half-day Meditation Retreats offered 3x per year, with our next coming up on February 26th!
- Freely offered guided meditations in our Library.
See below for more freely offered online resources, courtesy of Miv!
Recommended Apps: Insight Timer - Free app that has a timer with many options for different lengths of time, chimes/bells to start and end meditation, and thousands of guided meditation that can be searched by category. Ten Percent Happier- Founded by NBC news anchor Dan Harris who wrote a book by the same name, this app provides guided instruction on meditation for beginners to experienced meditators. You can take a structured class, or listen to individual tracks. Websites to explore: Dharmaseed.org is an archive of thousands of dharma talks and guided meditations from the insight tradition.
Tarabrach.com. Tara is one of my favorite meditation teachers, well known for teaching the practice of RAIN, a powerful meditation technique for working with difficult emotions. https://self-compassion.org/. This program, developed by Dr. Kristin Neff, is a meditative approach to developing self-compassion. The website includes many free guided meditations, as well as links to a structured program. https://angelkyodowilliams.com/ Incredible dharma teacher and activist, rev angel Kyodo Williams offers regular zoom meditation retreats as well as many programs for awakening and liberation. https://www.lamarod.com/ Lama Rod Owens is a co-author (along with rev angel and Jasmine Syedullah) of Radical Dharma: Talking race, love, and liberation, and has many rich meditation offerings on his website. rachaelwootenauthor.com Rachael Wooten is a psychologist and meditation teacher who offers teachings and guided meditations on Tara, the Tibetan deity of unlimited compassion. Her monthly online Tara teachings/practices are beautiful, rich with chanting and visualizations oriented towards healing on a personal/collective/global level. Finally, Miv would like to share one of the fruits of the Meditation and Conversation group. They've recently taken up a practice of sharing poetry in the session following the completion of a book. We've compiled some of the poems into a document called “Poetry for Awakening”, which we will continue to add to as we collect more poems.