Meditation is a general term that describes a broad category of practices for the development of mental attention. Just as physical exercise is aimed at developing a certain quality, such as strength in weightlifting and endurance in running, so do meditation techniques create and enhance certain abilities of the mind. These are most common categories of meditation techniques:
Relaxation The ability to relax at will, whether this be in the body or in the mind.
Concentration The ability to hold one's attention on an object without distraction, usually to the exclusion of all other objects.
Mindfulness The ability to observe an object or multiple objects without fixation, while often being aware of all sensory input and mental states.
Visualization The ability to creatively imagine an object.
Energetic The ability to sense and manipulate subtle energies, such as a prana or chi.
Emotional The ability to change one's emotional state at will.
Many techniques combine multiple abilities in order to accomplish their purpose. For example, mindfulness meditation requires that you be relaxed and hold a steady attention in order to observe without fixation. I find that it is significantly easier for a person to meditate after having performed the Waterfall Exercise, a cleaning technique for the subtle body.
Inspired by my experience of the teachings of Gregori Gurdjieff, I have meditated on sensation for two decades. The results of this practice is a high degree of integration of consciousness with the body. My practice of martial arts (formerly) and yoga (currently) have been greatly improved by this bodily awareness. I operate the neuromuscular machinery with great facility. I am also able to mentally direct blood flow and create or dispel tension. These substantial results have given me a bias against purely mental or imaginary meditation practices. Many people seem out of touch with their bodies due to a heavy emphasis on the visual sense and the consumption of digital media. I'd rather a person spend time getting to know their body than delve into imaginary spaces.
I work in a gym that has over 170,000 square feet of space dedicated to the development of the physical body. Where is our gymnasium for mental training?
When you are able to align bone, muscle, emotion, and mind, this is the greatest asana practice.
Sunday, September 24, 4-5:30PM
Republic Yoga, 1520 Center St #3, Houston, TX 77007
The human body is a miraculously advanced organism. The human mind is capable of powerful integration with it, but it must be intentionally cultivated. Michael Perkola will present techniques to improve awareness and intentional relaxation of the physical body. After practicing meditation, the attendees will explore the short yoga practice with heightened awareness and a relaxed body.
Speaker: Michael Perkola began practicing meditation at the age of 15 to cope with Attention Deficit Disorder. He has been teaching meditation for 13 years. His heightened physical awareness has been a great aid in yoga asana practice. He possesses over 3250 hours of experience in instructing yoga and meditation.
Fee: Donations of $8 minimum, $20 suggested.
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Parking is available in the lot at Center Street Studios and in the surrounding streets.