iRest to De-Stress & Reconnect

Sunday afternoons, come rest in the 4-week series

Why do we feel so stressed? Frustration, irritation, struggle, anxiety, overwhelm, physical tension, difficult thoughts. Are they signs that life has gone wrong and inner calm and ease are simply out of reach for us? Or, perhaps, are they here for another reason? Could they be messengers, benevolent allies with valuable information here specifically to lead us to greater peace in the midst of however life is showing up?

Through deeply restful meditation and self-inquiry, we will explore tools to develop a new relationship with stressful feelings, emotions and thoughts.
Join us for this 4-week journey, designed to deepen over the duration of the month.

About Shari

Shari is a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Teacher. Her teaching is informed by years of personal experience with chronic pain and illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, parenting a child with special needs, and providing care for aging and dying parents.

Shari is also business manager and co-owner of Austin Binding Shop, a custom area rug business she runs with husband, Jeff. In earlier careers, she worked as a life coach, angel reader, management consultant and communication strategist.

Sundays | Oct 29 - Nov 19
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$99

 

Mind Alive | Creating a Flow State & High Functioning Mind

Mind integration is the ultimate performance tool! Whether you’re an athlete, an executive, a mom, or
student, a high functioning mind makes life better and happier!

If you suffer from poor sleep, anxiety, trauma, or mental fatigue from a hectic modern society, the “Mind Alive Workshop” is for you! Tension, discord, and dysrhythmias disappear when you apply the
Mind Alive techniques.

Developed by Dr. Bruce Wayne Meleski (Dr. Mel), the “Mind Alive Workshop” provides a multi-pathway model to create a Flow State in your mind. The workshop allows you to personalize a program, start small and progress at your own speed toward an integrated mind. Attend one session or all four sessions.

Saturdays | Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18
$150 early bird
$175 day of
or $45 for individual session

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About Dr. Mel:
As an elite collegiate athlete, Dr. Bruce Wayne Meleski (Dr. Mel) learned what it takes to be successful and created the Body Logic systems model for training and rehabilitation. Converting this model into a software platform, Dr. Mel helped train more than 250,000 athletes and more than 400 NCAA champions.

In 2008, Dr. Mel identified a missing link in lifestyle prevention, brain health, and cast a wide net for natural and holistic solutions to assist individuals in quieting their fight/flight/freeze response, an epidemic in modern society. Dr. Mel’s “Mind Alive Workshop” is a result of that journey and targets personalized approaches for restorative sleep, brain power, and awareness

Astrological Meditation-what's your sign?

This is the one time you will feel comfortable being asked "what's your sign?" at a bar.

Join Virgina Palmer on an Astrological Meditation journey September 23rd from 2 to 4pm at the Meditation Bar.  Astrology Meditation is an innovative method to experience the energy of the planets, the astrological signs and your individual natal matrix.

Virginia Palmer will give an overview of how the particular energy and position of each planet influences your physical life. As you gain knowledge of the interactions of the planets, influence of the signs and transits in your individual natal chart, you also gain understanding of yourself, friends, family and the world.

Virginia will guide you on Four Astrological Meditative Journeys:

  • Experiencing the Planets
  • Feeling the Energy of the Signs
  • Transforming the Aspects
  • Living Your Chart, Your Soul’s Path

Each participant receives a copy of their astrological natal chart with reference to important signs, their Sun and Moon. They will also receive a 15-minute personal astrology recorded reading to be scheduled at a later date.

We are energy in motion, always growing, changing, and evolving. When we align ourselves with our own unique energies and the movement of the planets, we can experience balance, ease and harmony in our daily life. Welcome to a Meditative Journey with your Stars!

Saturday, September 23rd
2:00-4:00PM
$49

About Virginia:

Virginia Palmer, Ph.D., is Founder/Director of Resources Unlimited Human Development Foundation and Partner in MV Green Power LLC. Virginia has a BA in Journalism/Political Science; MA in Counseling/Physical Education and a Ph.D. in Human Development. She combines 30 years of teaching Meditation, presenting Personal Power seminars, Transformational Leadership trainings and Conscious Dreaming workshops. Virginia assists individuals and groups to clarify goals, transform visions, and manifest desires so that they more fully live their dreams.

As a therapist, and Success coach, Virginia Palmer is committed to inspire and empower people to live richer, more successful lives in a balanced environment.

Dr. Palmer is certified in the following areas: Vitality Meditation Practice; Western Astrology; Enneagram Personality Types; Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Inner Child Dynamics; Mediation and gives certifications in Conscious (Lucid) Dreaming.

Virginia is author of StressWorks; Leadership and Group Dynamics; Personal Management Pattern; Faces of Power, A Guide to Personal Empowerment; Seven Faces of Soul; Dream Mapping, Seven Steps to Greater Success and Dream Power, Unlocking the Magic of Lucid Dreaming. She lives in Austin, TX.

www.virginiapalmer.com  

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The Right to Write | Empower Creativity Through Writing

Build a new tribe of writing friends, invoke your deepest voice and fall in love with your writing. This is an invitation to just write! Inspired by Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way and The Right to Write, this workshop will allow you to free your self-expression and build confidence and respect for your writing ability. Whether you are a writer, poet, blogger, CEO, doctor, mother, or wherever you are in life, there is much to be gained when you allow your voice to flow on the page. We are all "writers" and writing can be considered a form of prayer or meditation connecting you to your highest form of intelligence. This is a practice of a lifetime for insight, authenticity, confidence and to finally channel the human natural urge to CREATE.

This workshop, led by Krista Lea, opens with guided meditation to activate the right side of the brain. Follows with prompted writing and then closes with guided meditation and sharing circle. Each week you will be given exercises to keep your writing and creative momentum flowing.

In in this workshop:

  • Get clear on what wants to be created through you
  • Identify your authentic voice and express who you are freely in the world
  • Clear the static of limiting beliefs and mental constructs that prevent you from making lasting change

"Why should we write?" "We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in." Julia Cameron

Sundays
July 9th, 16th, 23, and 30
1:00pm - 2:30pm
$125

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About Krista:
Krista Lea, offers dynamic and self-reflective classes that enhance awareness at Meditation Bar.  Her mission is to hold space and guide others to feel more freedom in the body and mind. She infuses her classes with crystal bowls, chakra balancing, breath work, and weaves in self-empowerment teachings. Her teaching style is sure to leave you confident and uplifted. She received her certification as a Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor and a yoga teacher certification. Krista is the creator of HalfMoon Meditation, a platform to share her passion for self-care practices that create a beautiful life. She uses the power of writing to access heart-based intelligence and wisdom that is brought into the sacred space she holds for others.

Mindfulness and Stress Resilience Workshop

Mindfulness and Stress Resilience: Retraining the Mind and Heart

 This workshop is based on the world renowned 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR®) Program, founded in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness.

We will explore mindfulness and stress through practices of retraining the mind- body-heart. We will also explore stress reactivity and resilience through the lens of neuroscience. The MBSR program in rooted in practices for harnessing neuroplasticity of our brains to develop stress hardiness through training in mindfulness, kindness and self-compassion.

The MBSR Program is evidence based and has been widely researched and proven to benefit people reporting a variety of concerns:

  •  Stress – caused by work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, and several other factors of daily living.
  •  Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.
     
  •  Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
     
  • Prevention and wellness –including health enhancement, increased focus and creativity and learning a better sense of balance in life.

Saturday, June 17th
2:00 - 4:00pm
$49

 

About Geeta:

 Geeta holds a Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR®) training from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center For Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Her workshops and classes introduce individuals and groups to mind-body practices that reduce stress and cultivate greater ease and joy in living. In addition to working with individuals from all walks of life, she has also offered training to organizations and corporate clients including Seton Hospitals, Zydus Research, UT Counseling and Mental Health Center and Austin School District Staff.

Prior to teaching Mindfulness, Geeta worked at the Counseling and Mental Health Center atUniversity of Texas at Austin. She has presented interactive workshops and trainings to over 50,000 individuals worldwide.

She is known for her “heart-centered” approach that invites participants to explore life’s challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

iRest® for Insomnia

In this 4-week series, we will explore practices to help ease your body and mind into deep states of relaxation that support you to fall asleep, stay asleep and get restful sleep. By working regularly with these practices, you create a routine that conditions your body and mind to fall asleep easily and quickly.

We will explore ways to:

  • Deeply relax the body.
  • Shift your brain from its focusing network to its defocusing network.
  • Nourish a felt-sense of Well-being no matter your circumstance or situation.
  • Proactively engage thoughts and emotions during the day so that bedtime is freed up for sleep.

Each session will include a 30-minute guided meditation which will be recorded for your use at home. Led by Shari Pitts.

May 25 - June 15
Thursdays | 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Non-Members | $99
Unlimited Members | $79

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About Shari:
Shari has advanced training in the iRest® (https://www.irest.us/projects/irest) meditation protocol. iRest is a practical, research-tested combination of modern mindfulness self-inquiry tools and ancient meditation techniques. She was drawn to iRest for its scientific base, which appeals to her mind, and because it doesn't require sitting in uncomfortable positions, which appeals to her body.

Meditation for Concentration

Meditation and Concentration are inextricably linked. Meditation has been shown to improve concentration, and as any meditator knows, concentration improves meditation. New research shows that in as little as 8 weeks of practice, meditation can shrink the amygdala (responsible for fear and stress) and measurably increase the thickness of the pre-frontal cortex, associated with awareness, decision making and improved concentration. Join us as we explore the interplay between concentration and meditation. Learn and practice a variety of techniques including how to sharpen your concentration while practicing any form of meditation, and meditations specifically designed to enhance concentration.

Saturday May 20th and 27th
2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $79

 

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About Charles:
Charles MacInerney is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-500 hr. He has practiced yoga for 44 years and been a full time teacher since 1989. Charles has taught workshops on improving concentration for the UT Women’s athletic program (track, volleyball and golf teams), UT Faculty and Staff, IBM, 3M, Apple, numerous government agencies, St. Edwards University (psychology department), and at hundreds of Yoga retreats, workshops, and conferences around the world. He is the publisher of the Expanding Paradigms newsletter, and has written articles for a variety of magazines including the Yoga Journal. Charles is the founder of www.yogateacher.com He offers workshops at yoga studios around the country and since 1992 he has been leading retreats in Texas, Massachusetts, Mexico and Guatemala. Charles is co-founder and instructor with the Living Yoga Teacher Training Program and co-founder of the Texas Yoga Retreat.

LISTEN | Sound Meditation

Shingetsu Billy White will offer explorations in sound and vibration, with the intention of balancing and aligning energies and expanding awareness. 

Friday April 7
7:30 pm-8:30 pm
$20
 

Billy is an internationally acclaimed singer and musician for 30 years, long time student of zen and tibetan buddhism, yoga, and various shamanic traditions. He teaches a new kind of “performance” using voice and instruments and is available for private session instruction at Meditation Bar. Check out his work at: theheartisawake.com

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Meditation for Anxiety

 

This is an integrative class that combines meditation techniques including yoga nidra to soothe the mind, work through emotions, relieve anxiety and to help you cultivate awareness and gratefulness in your life. This class is open to all levels - including those who have never meditated and those who are curious about the process.

March 23 - April 13
Thursdays | 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Non-Members | $99
Unlimited Members | $79

About Ryann:

Ryann Hanes-Sloan is a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher in Austin, Texas. She has dedicated her life to studying the most effective ways to help others move through blockages and increase their presence. Ryann has over 600 hours of yoga study including time studying Yogic Philosophy with her teacher, Swami Govindananda in India. Ryann has been lucky to study and teach yoga across the globe and considers the culmination of these experiences to be her inspiration for connecting with others and helping them to learn the tools to uncover their true brilliance.

Ryann is currently studying Mindfulness and Meditation with UCLA’s 10 month Mindful Awareness Research Program, where she is researching the most powerful ways to strengthen the brain through meditation.

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