photo © Elesa Commerse
One of the most difficult things we can do in life is to show up - to be fully present - for ourselves and for the people we love and care about. So many times, at the end of the day, we say, "Where did the time go?" Years can go by in this manner. Your precious life is worth fully inhabiting. Learn how to become present for your life through the art of meditation. Learn specific techniques that will help you be more of who you say you want to be in the world.In this day-long workshop you will learn:
We are living in a time of great uncertainty, the likes of which we, as individuals, are experiencing for the first time. One of the most valuable skills we can have during times like these is to know how to return to the Sacred, that immovable force of peace, joy and equanimity that lies within. It doesn't matter what your religious, philosophical or spiritual beliefs are or aren't, the Sacred is Universal and lives within us all.
In these two hours, we will chant sacred mantras, most in Sanskrit. "Mantra" is a Sanskrit word that means "mind protection." A mantra is a tool for protecting your mind from the non-productive cycles of thought and action we get so lost in - that rob us of so much of our lives. Cycles that seem endless. The mantra serves as a focusing device that helps make the mind one pointed, strong and calm. Each mantra establishes a specific breath pattern and accompanying feeling vibration deep within.
At any given time, the human body is over seventy percent (70%) water. The brain is approximately 90% water. Since sound travels five times more efficiently through water than through air, the sounds you make while chanting travel directly throughout every cell of your being, every petal of your mind. For many, the experience that results from this immersion in sound is hard to describe in words. Come experience it for yourself.
We will be led by Elesa in the classical tradition of call and response chanting and will have song books to help guide us. No prior chanting, singing, Sanskrit language or meditation experience is required.
We will immerse ourselves in the sound. We will surrender to the sound. We will re-establish our connection to the Sacred within through the sound.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothes.
As we come to relax the body, we are better able to relax the mind. In this two-hour session, you will come to feel the depth of connection between your body and your mind through restorative yoga and the 4,000 year-old practice of yoga nidra - said to be four times more restorative than sleep.
Elesa Commerse is a beloved meditation teacher, known for her ability to demystify the practice and facilitate breakthrough experiences on the journey to authenticity. She has been teaching since 1977 and has been meditating for as long as she can remember (even though she didn't call it that). A graduate of the Temple of Kriya Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Program, Elesa also holds two Certificates in Advanced Yoga Studies for completing Donna Farhi's Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Elesa earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and studied Japanese Garden Design at the Kyoto College of Art and Design in Kyoto, Japan. Elesa is also a certified Himalayan Singing Bowl Practitioner.
The Founder of National Meditation Month, Elesa is also the producer of the critically acclaimed healing system for women on a breast cancer journey called, "Finding Your Way." Her three-volume CD chanting set, "How Silent Is This Place," is used by yoga teachers around the country. In her hometown of Chicago, Elesa teaches ongoing meditation classes at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute, Galter Life Center; and Mercy Hospital. She is the Director of Wisdom Training for Prajna Yoga, Tias Little's Teacher Training Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is part of the faculty at Moksha Yoga, in Chicago.
To learn more about Elesa and what others say about studying with her, please visit: www.thedeepcalm.com and www.foreverwhole.org.