GROUP CLASSES Online
Padma is currently on retreat and studying meditation in the Himalayas of India, and from there she is joining this group directly and guiding the meditations and discussions every Monday evening, online!
You are welcome to join this classes in person in Vancouver (at 7 PM, Pacific Standard Time), or join online from anywhere in the world.
Please email Padma to join this group.
The discussion theme for this spring 2016 for April, May & June, is the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
The fee is just $30 per month for all the 4 Monday sessions, whether you join online or come to the studio in Vancouver.
Register on the webstore.
On the first Monday of the month, Padma offers a 40+ minute knowledge talk and then leads a guided meditation.
This talk is recored and is available to you as a registered student, which you can listen to for the month on this website. Once you are registered, you will be sent a password to access this page and audio talk.
The remaining 3 Monday evenings in the month are for questions, Q&A, and group discussions with Padma, for about 20+ minutes, and then Padma leads the group into a guided meditation.
You can pay for one month at a time, or subscribe for multiple months. The next session starts on January 4, 2016.
It’s recommended to register for 3 months at a time to follow the full 3-month program, but please feel free to join in at anytime!
TOPICS THIS SPRING
PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS
Chapter 1 verses 30 to 39
REGISTER HERE to join
EMAIL PADMA HERE for more information
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A PADMA MEDITATION GROUP (in person or online):
The format of a class of Padma Meditation is very unique and follows to some extent the method of her Himalayan meditation teacher. Padma teaches in an authentic and original manner, and her lessons are the result of her 26+ years that she has studied and practiced advanced meditation and meditation philosophy.
These sessions do not follow the style of any meditation group or teacher, whether Yogic, Buddhist or other.
Padma Meditation classes are informal yet highly focused and effective.
Two expectations of participating in the group are:
- Confidentiality of any personal matters that might be brought up in the classes, and
- Respect for one another and the space of meditation.
ONLINE by ZOOM: If you are joining the class online, then register, and send your Zoom contact name to Padma by email, and she will call you on Zoom at 7:05PM PST.
**Please MUTE your mike when listening on Zoom, unless you are speaking, so that everyone can enjoy silence and hear one another well, and not be disturbed by others’ ambient room sounds.
**It is also highly recommended that you wear HEADPHONES plugged into your computer to listen so that your computer speakers do not create feedback that the whole group can hear.
IN PERSON: A group meets at an agreed on time and each person finds for themself a comfortable place and seat. Students can bring their own meditation cushions or use one provided. You may want to bring your own shawl, a notebook and pen, or a thermos of tea.
The host of the class offers the meditation room, some drinking water and makes sure everyone present is ok.
There will not be a necessity of lengthy personal introductions, but simply a welcome of anyone new to the group.
ALL: A class will usually commence with Padma greeting the group and opening the floor to questions or comments to start. She will then initiate a talk on some aspect of meditation practice, philosophy and the real-life living results of meditation.
These talks are open to comments, questions from everyone, and become a conversation exploring meditation, identity, freedom and happiness. Padma will discuss some specific meditation philosophy term, or verses, and then expand this exploration to what the relevance of these ideas have for us in our daily life.
After the monthly talk or the Q&A time, Padma will lead the group into a guided meditation.
Then there will be a time of silent sitting, usually 30 minutes. Padma will sign off from Skype at this time to allow everyone their own time to meditate. We will be sharing the one, universal space of awareness of meditation together at this time.
Once a month, the first Monday of the month, classes are scheduled for a longer talk by Padma, up to 40+ minutes, followed by a 30 minute silent meditation.
It is not required to remain rigid in your body during the meditation, rather it is suggested that each person be free and feel at ease in their sitting. If someone needs to adjust their seat or even get up for any reason, they should feel free to. As much as possible, though, it is recommended that each person attempt to stay as still and quiet as possible to best cultivate stillness in the shared awareness. If you do move, then have an awareness and respect of the space of meditation in the group, and a watchfulness of how your movements affect the attention in the group.
At the conclusion of the silent meditation, in the ‘in-person group’ the facilitator will chime a bell or say, “Take your own time.” They may guide a brief practice of rubbing the palms together and washing the hands over the face as a concluding practice.
Everyone is then free to fully move and stretch out. Often a discussion follows amongst the group, often about some idea about the meditation or any other related topic. The class ends with everyone tidying up the space to leave it as it was found, and taking care that everyone has a safe ride home. You will be refreshed and inspired.
During the time before the next meeting, you may email to Padma or to the host any questions or concerns that come up.
You are also invited to read Padma’s website and blog, or to buy any of her DVDs of yoga and meditation practices, or view the Padma YogaTV YouTube videos linked on the site, to get an idea of her style.
“Padma teaches in such a simple, non-dogmatic and clear way that is so unarming that it makes learning effortless. When I am with her I feel like I am in the presence of someone who has done the hard work herself and her voice stays with me long after we have finished our sessions. I would highly recommend Padma as a meditation teacher.” G. Lenett, President Dish Jeans
PREVIOUS MONTHLY TOPICS IN 2015:
OCTOBER TOPIC- the PATANJALI SUTRAS Verses 1:1-5
NOVEMBER TOPIC- the PATANJALI SUTRAS Verses 1:6-14
DECEMBER TOPIC- the PATANJALI SUTRAS Verses 2:29-55
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2016 – The BHAGAVAD GITA Chapter 6: Verses 1 to 27