About Meditation

Meditation practice offers the potential to access a deep level of release, relaxation and expansive spaciousness in body and mind. In my experience, this is often far greater than can be achieved through physical practices alone – and in my view, this is the real meaning of Yoga. These deeper meditative mental states accessed through meditation – sometimes referred to as Samadhi or Jhana, are also related to the concept of Wu Chi, emptiness or non-duality found within the Daoist or Tai Chi philosophy.

My Background

I began to practice meditation from books and CD’s while studying psychology at university. Some years later I started attending meditation classes for a couple of years with a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk. My first meditation / mindfulness retreat experience was with Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008 (and again in 2012). In 2010, I attended my first 10-Day Vipassana Course (Goenka) and undertook several more of these of various lengths over the following years. In 2012, I attended my first week long meditation retreat at Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre, and have since attended a dozen or so retreats on various meditation themes – I continue to attend retreats at Dhanakosa whenever possible with various teachers – I particularly appreciate the ‘Uncontrived Mindfulness’ retreats run by Vajradevi. I’ve also undertaken some online retreats and courses with Guy Burgs (The Art of Meditation), whose teachings I find very rich, accessible and helpful. In addition, I’ve also explored ‘shamanic’ and alternative approaches to meditation with various groups and teachers over the years.

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“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves . . Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle Of Mindfulness

Teaching Approach

I teach meditation initially as an extension of body and breath practice and normally begin by focussing on aspects of physical posture and breath. This can naturally lead on to a more internally focussed practice, working with sensations and body awareness – moving towards a ‘just sitting’ style of open embodied awareness practice.

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2024 Yoga & Meditation –  Workshops

Scaravelli-Inspired Yoga & Meditation Workshops at Partickhill Bowling & Community Club

March

Saturday 9th March 2024 – 11:30am to 1:30pm

June

Saturday 8th June 2024 – 11:30am to 1:30pm

November

Saturday 9th November 2024 – 11:30am to 1:30pm

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2024 Qigong, Yoga & Meditation –  Retreat

October

Sunday 6th October 2024 – 10am to 5pm

See also About Yoga section