“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.
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, 7:00-8:00pm
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, 7 – 8pm.
Suggested donation $10 to benefit the teacher.
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.
3rd Friday of each month with Amy Livolsi, 7:00 – 7:45pm
Last Friday of each month with Jen Irwin, 7:00 – 7:45pm
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 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.
The series will provide meditation instruction and guidance suitable for beginners.
Each class includes a sequence of sitting and walking meditation. Emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation and developing mindfulness in daily life. Discussion will conclude each session.
Insight Meditation is a simple technique that has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath and developing awareness of all phenomena, the practice concentrates and calms the mind. It allows one to see through the mind’s conditioning and thereby to live more fully present in the moment. There is no requirement that any beliefs or rituals be adopted, although an open mind is requested. The practice develops clarity of seeing which allows grasping, judgment and fear to fall away. One discovers and cultivates qualities such as peace, vitality, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, joy and moral integrity. The ultimate aim of the practice is the ending of suffering in the discovery of an unconditioned and complete freedom.
Read more about Paula Simon on our Teachers page.