Contemplative Practices


Within the health & wellness offerings at COA, we strive to create an atmosphere and offer practices that encourage and nurture a student's authenticity, while they search for meaning and purpose in their own existence and experience.

Through yoga, meditation and other contemplative practices, students have an opportunity to develop greater self reflection; to make connections between concern for our social/natural communities and care of the soul; to explore their personal challenges; to balance their inner needs with the rest of the world; and to deepen trust in their own inherent worth and resiliency.

Winter 2014 SCHEDULE

SoulFlow Yoga with Heather Murray '95

Tuesdays, 4:10-5:35 pm, Gates Community Center
January 13, 27; February 10, 24; and March 10
Heather's class is a mix of steady Vinyasa Flow Yoga to strengthen and engage the body and mind, mixed with mindful alignment and the occasional Yin or restorative posture to drop you into a deeper place of stillness. You can expect to be challenged, but always with a big dose of laughter, beautiful music accompaniment and encouragement to find a place that respects your intelligent edge. This class is for all and will include movement with the breath, as well as opportunities for stillness and meditation. Heather feels that yoga is simply the expansion of our ability to feel and experience each moment as fully, as it is, and is excited to share her take on the practice with the COA community. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.

Mindful Flow Yoga with Dennis Kiley
Tuesdays, 4:10-5:25 pm, Gates Community Center
January 6, 20; February 3, 17; and March 3
This class offers something for people with all levels of yoga experience. It is a flow class that integrates asanas, breathwork, meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Each class is an inquiry into connecting with our bodies, opening our hearts and quieting our minds. The emphasis on flow is as much on accessing the internal experience of flow as it is what we're doing with our bodies. As we move our bodies and explore our edges, we learn how to rest in a place that is already at peace and still. By practicing yoga on the mat with mindfulness, we learn how to live with awareness and presence off the mate in the postures of our lives. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.

"Feeding the Soul" with Student Life Staff
Wednesdays, 8:30am, Meditation Room on 2nd Floor of Deering Common
Are you looking for a space to recharge your batteries? To find inspiration to get through your week? To reconnect to your inner self, your spirit, the spiritual or sacred in life? Are you interested in an opportunity to reflect and share with other community members? Come join us for "Feeding the Soul", a new initiative to create space each week for people to get together and share texts, stories, writings, poems, artwork, music, or anything else that inspires you, fills up your soul, or otherwise encourages you to connect with yourself and others.We encourage anyone interested to attend. You can come and bring something to share or just listen to others. We will be creating a space for individuals to share what is meaningful for them without critique or commentary from others. Our expectation is that those participating will listen and engage with respect for the variety of perspectives that individual community members may bring.

Combined 48 Form Tai Chi with Sean Todd and John Visvader
Thursdays, 4:00pm, Gates Community Center
In 1976 the Chinese National Athletic Association combined postures from the Yang, Chen Wu and Sun family styles into a Taiji form that has become one of the most popular forms practiced across China. The form includes both fast and slow movements, the fast movements are a characteristic of martial arts power emission called Fajin. Taiji is used in China for health purposes and is also practiced as a form of moving meditation.

Lunchtime Group Meditation - Drop-In
Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm, Reading Room of the Thorndike Library
This offering, by Student Life, is an opportunity for any member of the COA community to pause, recharge and engage in contemplative practice in a space that is usually associated with academic study - the Reading Room of the Thorndike Library. The group meets on Fridays of the Winter Term from 12:00-1:00pm and is offered on a drop-in basis. It starts at 12:00pm, but you can come begin at any point during the hour. Come once, come weekly, stay for 5-minutes or stay for the entire hour of this informal gathering of silent meditation - it's up to you! Everyone is welcome and no experience with meditation practice is necessary. Some blankets and/or cushions for sitting will be available, but please feel free to bring your own.

Kundalini Yoga with Mahan Deva Singh
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm, Gates Community Center
Each Kundalini class utilizes postures and movement (asana), along with breath, mantra, chanting and meditation to work on all aspects of your being. Kundalini Yoga helps to calm the mind and emotions, balance the glandular system and deepen awareness. This class will offer something for people with all levels of yoga experience. The only requirement is that you come prepared (with an open mind!) for a very unique yoga experience. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.

free guided meditations


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