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An iRest Yoga Nidra Rest-Shop

The new year is a beautiful time to slow down, restore and rest in the depths of one’s heart. In this rest-shop at Dharma Yoga Austin, I will offer a gentle practice, including breathing, gentle embodied movements and iRest Yoga Nidra. We will close by planting seeds of inquiry so that when the answers appear, we may hear – what (way of Being) is most calling us into the year that can guide how we show up for ourselves and others, and where we engage.

Their will be no agenda, other than for this to be a safe space for you to meet the truth and wisdom within you.

No experience required, simply your curiosity.
January 26th 4-6pm
Registerhttp://dharma-yoga.net/workshops/

** iRest Yoga Nidra is a healing practice of guided meditation/rest.  Please click on this link for more information.  

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FREE Live, Online Meditation Class

I am excited to venture into the online world of meditation.  While sitting directly with practitioners is what I love, I know many do not have access to classes or cannot attend them due to life circumstances. I have also received from my teachers at a distance, and the transmission of teachings and practice has been just as powerful.

On October 18th, 8:08 pm CT, I will offer a free, live 30 minute class through Mind Oasis.  There will be time for a brief check-in followed by a guided iRest meditation.  If you are not familiar with iRest yoga nidra meditation, this is a deeply restorative practice where you can experience profound rest, ease and clarity of Being.  The guided practice will be accessible to newcomers and established practitioners alike.  You don’t need to sign up in advance, simply show up a few minutes prior to class on the day of from the comfort of your home or wherever you may be.

Please use the following link to join this live meditation practice.

http://themindoasis.org/class/meditate-on-the-8s-mo8/

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Fresh Commitments to Ourselves

As I continue to teach and explore classes in a more thematic way this year, I will share my thoughts here occasionally.  We have spent several weeks exploring the feeling of purpose and longing in life.  We will now begin to dive into the experience of intention.  You can think of intentions as more short term, whereas heartfelt direction, longing or purpose is an overarching theme that spans a lifetime.

Intentions can be affirmed for a single practice, or they can span the duration of a day, a week, a month.  Intentions help us to recognize why we are choosing to practice.  On any given day it might be to return to the feeling of Being with life, rather than constantly planning and doing life.  Intention can also be to return home to our true self, perhaps to remember the clarity of presence, or to take time to meet an emotion or a memory that has been arising.  When recognized and felt at the beginning of a practice, intention becomes an internal compass that reminds us to pay attention to the moment that is unfolding.  This said, sometimes intention is less cognitive, and rests as a feeling sense.  You are here practicing without interpreting why and that is perfectly fine.

Over the course of the next few classes, we will also inspire a fresh commitment to practice itself.  By practice, I am referring to anything that allows you to feel at ease and grounded in yourself.  This might be meditation for some. It can include yoga asana, walks, painting, tai chi, cooking, or whatever this means for you.  A beautiful way to uncover fresh motivation for practice is by taking time to appreciate and embody the gifts you have already received from them.  Then as we venture into our day, and we veer away from ourselves and our practices, the motivation and commitment we have come to know in our bodies will eventually bring us back.  Perhaps after days, weeks or months of falling away from practice, you might feel like something is missing and slowly make your return.

A fresh commitment to practice is also skillfully paired with a commitment to minimizing the things that pull us apart from ourselves.  You can make a commitment to do less of something.  For me, this has meant less time on my phone, eliminating social media for now, and taking in news by choice rather than being inundated by sources that are not serving me.

In the following weeks, we will also explore bringing alive the intention for joy.  The world is full, and life has its ups and downs.  It is important to recognize what brings us moments of lightness, and true and wholesome joy. By wholesome I mean a joy that is not harmful to other sentient beings. Joy can arise both as a result of something, and also as byproduct of simply Being with life exactly as it is.  Taking time for these kind of reflections can help us to make room for Joy, both caused and uncaused.  I am not implying that we should only experience joy.  Instead, making room for lightness in life helps us to feel resilient during moments that are difficult and outside of our control.

While I will be leading classes with a progressive theme, they will be offered in a way that is completely accessible for beginners or the occasional drop in.  The Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes at noon at Yoga Yoga North include time for check-in, breathing exercises, a few minutes of light movement that would be fine to do even in work clothes.  I will lead you through a 25-30 minute guided iRest yoga nidra meditation, often followed by inquiry as appropriate.  I would love to hear from you if you have feedback or comments. Feel free to comment here or to send me a private message through the home page.

Gratefully,

Sheila

Service & Community: Offerings from my Home

Over the past year, I have been contemplating the idea of opening my home studio space to be in service of community and the practices of meditation and iRest® yoga nidra.  The calling is finally coming to life as I have started hosting my first four week meditation series with a beautiful circle of people.

My intention for these offerings is twofold: to hold a space that feels safe, grounded and nourishing so that students can sit within the depths of their experience and wisdom, and to nurture a circle of community so that we can listen openly and share as it feels ok.  It can be profoundly transformative to have spaces where we feel seen, heard and valued by others.

As offerings arise, I will share both here on my website under events, as well as on my facebook page.  These will be small group classes that will require prior confirmation. At the request from students, I am also maintaining a list of people who wish to be informed about classes by email.  If this kind of offering resonates with you and you would like to be informed via email, please feel free send me your information at irestaustin@gmail.com .

I will use your email for that purpose alone and will not share it otherwise.

Here is a little glimpse of the space that I am so happy to share.

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Out beyond the ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.  Rumi

 

With Gratitude,

Sheila Singh

 

iRest Yoga Nidra series beginning in the New Year

I will be offering a new five week iRest meditation series this January at Yoga Yoga westgate.  This series will provide a space to slow down, pause and feel into our current state so that we can come to know our heartfelt direction and path in life.  I find that the new year can be a time where we rush to set goals and intentions.  In the rush, we may only be affirming the already established patterns of what we think we should be doing or the expectations we have taken on from the world around us.  True intentionality arises from unconditioned listening, where we allow time to fall away from set patterns and habits. This enables us to know how we are and the direction we are being called toward in a spontaneous and creative way.

The following passage by Jean Klein, a non-dual meditation teacher, describes the situation many of us may find ourselves in.

Unconditioned listening is entirely free from direction, motivation and projection. But we seldom really listen.  We live more or less continually in the process of becoming. We project an image of being somebody and identify with this.  There is a continual hunger, a feeling of incompleteness.  The ego is constantly searching for fulfillment and security, hence its perpetual need to become, to achieve, to attain.  So we never really contact life, for this requires openness from moment to moment.  

He goes on to say that our true path and direction arises from receptive observation.  While the mind can help us to tread forward on our path, to know the path at all requires us to listen unconditionally first.

In this series, each class we will take time for a guided iRest meditation followed by writing prompts as a way to further explore our current state, intentions that will nourish our being, and the path and direction that life is asking of us. I will provide the weekly audio of the guided meditations for your home practice.

If this resonates, you can register by following this link:

http://www.yogayoga.com/calendar/details?event_id=30211051

I look forward to sharing this time with you.

Sincerely,

Sheila Singh

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