Mediation & Yoga Jill

Initially, I was meditating to deal with stress and anxiety, and doing yoga to work on the flexibility and core strength of my body.  At first, they didn’t seem to be connected.  Seven years later, along with writing, yoga and meditation (along with dogs) have become my primary spiritual practices.

omanandabigroomI think of myself as an intermediate beginner yogini. Most of my teachers were trained in the Shambhava School of Yoga. I followed in their footsteps and will be fully certified to teach yoga myself in September 2014. I have a daily practice, working primarily with a core group of four teachers and on my own. My practice includes asana, but also yogic breathing, chanting, meditation, mindful eating, study, and service. Yoga has transformed my body, but also my heart and mind.

bodhisattvaI haven’t taken all the vows, but I study and practice meditation and mindfulness, along with other Buddhist principles and practices. I started my study with the Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center, although my true sangha extends far beyond that center–specifically, my work with the Open Heart Project and Susan Piver. My intention is to one day become a meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition, and to finally take refuge and Bodhisattva vows.

In connection with yoga, meditation is allowing me to finally arrive at the place I was already, to realize that where I was trying so hard to get is HERE. 

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