Meditation Overview

sukasana“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Our selection of meditation instruction and practice times offer a chance to explore different methods of mindfulness. Some meditation practices lead us to mindfulness through specific actions; chanting mantra, japa or counting. Other methods create mindfulness through a receptive or passive approach; guided imagery, yoga nidra or Zen.

Explore and discover what modality is your most appropriate transit to calming the fluctuations of the mind. We have a variety of regular monthly offerings by donation as well as class “specials”, workshops and events that arise on an ongoing basis.

Pranayama and Meditation

Instruction on a creating a comfortable meditation posture, breathing exercises and guidance in meditation. Appropriate for students of any experience level.

Jeff Gallin received his 500-hr Professional Teaching certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. His personal experience with Parkinson’s Disease led him to delve deeper and deeper into the many layers and benefits of yoga. Yoga is the best part of his day, every day.

Every Tuesday 5:00 – 5:45pm.

$10/person. Class fee is included if you attend Jeff’s 4pm Slow Flow class immediately before meditation.

Guided Journey Meditation for Relaxation

This meditation uses visualization to focus the mind and relax the body. Participants are invited to a comfortable seated or reclined posture and guided to a state of relaxation by Alison DeNicola. Themes for meditation vary monthly and are listed on our class schedule.

Alison DeNicola is a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra teacher and a Five Elements Yoga Teacher through Kripalu. She is a Hypnotherapist, IET practitioner and has completed training in Restorative Yoga, Intuitive Coaching, Chakra Therapy and more.

First Friday of each month, 6:45 – 7:45pm.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit a charity of the teacher’s choice.

Meditation for Good Mental Health

Group meditation instruction and discussion of the mental health benefits led by Carlo Codato. Participants will have time to practice skills and share with others about the process.

Carlo is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. Among other modalities, he teaches meditation to his clients to cope with anxiety, stress and depression.

Second Friday of each month, 6:45 – 7:45pm.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit the teacher.

Chakra Meditation

Journey through the chakras month-by-month; focusing on cleansing, clearing, expanding and fortifying each of our energy centers, one chakra at a time.

Hope Stanger is a holistic therapist and nutritional counselor in Stamford, CT, and the founder of Therapy Beyond Walls; Healing Trauma, Relationships and Eating Disorders. You can read about her at www.therapybeyondwalls.com.

Third Friday of each month, 6:45 – 7:45pm.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit a charity of the teacher’s choice.

Yoga Nidra

Melt away the work week and recharge for the weekend with Jen Irwin. Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down comfortably. It is a deep guided relaxation that systematically encourages tension release from every part of the body leaving the practitioner feeling rested, relaxed and recharged. Bring a mat or blanket if you prefer to use your own.

Jen Irwin is founder of Dew Yoga, Instructor and Forever Student of Yoga. She discovered Yoga as a complement to healing during a period of physical, mental and emotional challenge. She received her Yoga teaching certification from Kripalu School of Yoga and continues her studies on a daily basis.

Last Friday of each month, 6:45 – 7:30pm.

Open to all, no fee. Donations are graciously accepted to support Domus Foundation.  $10 suggested but not required. Participation in one’s wellness is already a contribution to our collective wellness.

Japa Meditation

Japa is a meditative practice of reciting mantra on your mala beads, focusing the mind on a mantra that is repeated once for each bead on a mala (string of 108 prayer beads). This form of meditation is particularly useful for those who have trouble keeping the mind from straying off during meditation practice as it uses a tactile focus (fingers on the beads) as well as a mental focus (thinking mind on the mantra). Bring your own mala, or purchase one at Dew. Contact Ann to learn more.

Ann Russell eRYT-500hr has studied Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Sivananda, and Vinyasa styles of practice. Longing to deepen her personal experience and garner more tools as a teacher, Ann was led to the “Kripalu Center for Yoga” in the Berkshires to continue her on-going education. There she received her 500-hour certification.

Japa is offered after all of Ann’s weekly classes – Monday at 6:30pm, Tuesday at 12:15pm, Saturday at 5:15pm.

Open to all, no fee.

Meditation for Peace

Settle the mind and experience the peace that comes with stillness. The session will begin with a breathing exercise followed by a guided meditation and close with a wish for peace in our personal, social and global communities.

Nancy Boksenbaum, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Relational Psychoanalyst. She integrates techniques such as guided relaxation, mindfulness and the Heart Math Biofeedback Method into her clinical work. Nancy has been studying Soul Centered Healing for the past several years. Nancy also offers The Meditation Room in Stamford, a simple space set aside for small groups to gather in meditation. Learn more at http://www.themeditationroomct.com.

First Tuesday of each month, 7:15pm – 8:15pm. Drop-in rate applies.

Yoga Nidra + Metta Meditation with Jen Irwin

Metta means benevolence, kindness, compassion. Metta is at the foundation of this meditation practice. We will practice cultivating kindness from within and extending it outward to all living things using mudra (hand positions) mental focus and breath. This practice is done seated and is accessible to all experience levels including very first time explorers of meditation. Instruction, guidance on a comfortable seat and practice are included.
Second Tuesdays of the month,  7:15 – 8:15pm.
Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome. Drop in for $20/class or use your class card.

Healing Meditation and Mudras

One hour meditation focused on healing and making use of mudras (energetic hand positions). Appropriate for everyone wishing to relax, focus their energy and promote well being. This is a class special, drop in fee ($21.50) or use your class card.

Third Tuesdays of the month,  7:15 – 8:15pm.
Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome. Drop in for $20/class or use your class card.