Meditation Practices & Beyond!
Instructor: Keith Parker
12 Hours $208
This two-part course is designed for beginners as well those with prior meditation experience. Establishing a meditation practice is vital for health and well-being, especially for those individuals in the healing arts of massage and bodywork. Finding a practice that resonates can be a daunting task, however, in this comprehensive and accessible survey of meditation traditions we will find the method(s) that suit you as an individual. First and foremost we will explore techniques experientially in addition to their historical, philosophical and scientific context.
Day one will focus on traditions from Yoga and Buddhism. Among the popular catchphrases for these traditions are mindfulness, vipassana and anapanasati. The class will focus on experiencing and understanding the difference between “passive” and “active” approaches. We will also go over the art of relaxation, intention setting, contemplation and well wishing (metta). The effects of these practices are tranquility, equanimity and a deepening of present-moment-awareness. As a result of this class you will have a firm understanding of the most universal mind-oriented approaches available and how to maximize the quality of each practice.
Day two we will shift focus to energy-based traditions best exemplified in Tantra and Taoism. These can be broadly classified as “dynamic meditations”. These practices focus on the core and peripheral energy systems in the body which are directly linked to the functioning of the glands and viscera. We will explore the chakras, dantians and various bodily energy grid patterns as well as some movement routines which are complementary if not necessary additions when dealing with your electromagnetic (etheric) body. The effects of these practices are improved grounding abilities, enhanced hormone function, digestion and energetic awareness.
As a result of this course you will:
- Have the skills to begin or develop an informed, sophisticated and consistent meditation practice
- Understand the philosophy and intention behind different approaches
- Gain an overview of the relationship between traditional Eastern perspectives and modern science
- Have the skills to begin, customize and evolve your personal practice over time
- Understand what benefits may come from different techniques
Hands on Healing Institute is a private institute licensed to operate by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education for MT300, MT500 Massage Therapy Programs, and all continuing education courses.
Provider Approved by California Board of Registered Nursing.
Our approved Advanced Electives are accepted for city licensing and by the California Massage Therapy Council for State Certification.
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