Given the new "lock down" requirements our next 6 week Learn Meditation and Mindfulness program online -via Zoom. This course will start next Wednesday the 22nd of July, 2020 at 11 am
The Australian College of Classical Yoga is, as the name implies, a school of traditional Yoga. Though many think Yoga is about exercise, traditionally the essential practice of Yoga is stillness of mind. Stillness is not limited to old men in the Himalayas - anyone can practice meditation and experience the benefits of a healthy, non-stressed mind. The Learn Meditation and Mindfulness is a unique program developed by Swami Shantananda to teach this necessary skill.
In the Learn Meditation and Mindfulness program there is no philosophy, doctrine, New Age concepts or religion - learning to quiet the chattering mind is the whole scope of the course. Swami Shantananda uses skills honed over 20 years of teaching meditation to aid you in finding your way into a thought-free state or, at least, a state of disentanglement from thinking. You will be encouraged to establish a practice that you can continue independently, without the necessity of aids or props, or becoming reliant on a guide.
After you have learnt to meditate, we make available a continuing group of Yoga-orientated meditators for those with an established practice of stillness.
What is meditation?
Meditation is stillness of mind. Keeping the mind still for regular periods gradually brings about a fundamental change. By practicing stillness, eventually a curious thing happens - you begin to see the mind as an object, instead of seeing it as yourself. You see the things it does, and you realise that the awareness feels more like your real self than your thoughts and feelings. It is deeper and richer and more stable, and much more contented.
If meditation is stillness of mind, what implications are there?
In a state of stillness, there is no certainty, no taking control, no being right or wrong. In fact, there is no being anything - there's just being! The mind isn't used to that. Meditation then, is a practice in letting go of the activity and constructs of the mind, accepting and ultimately perceiving reality just as it is. We may find, to our surprise, that reality is more interesting and less threatening than our opinions about it, and that happiness is our natural state, not just an occasional mood. We find a little chuckle bubbling away inside ourselves, and realise that the state of stillness is a rich experience of contentment.
Meditation is not just for the stressed mind! There is a common notion these days that meditation is an adjunct to the health professions. But high functioning minds benefit from meditation too, perhaps even more. The best question is not "Am I holding it together?", but rather "Is my life the best it can be?"
Note: If you are under the care of a mental health professional, you must get his or her approval before enrolling in the program.
Principal Teacher: Swami Shantananda
Study Options: Online via Zoom
Duration: This is a six week course starting Wednesday the 22nd of July, 2020 at 11 am