Meditation with Ellen Lebowitz
& Heather Fox
Sunday, April 30 1-3pm
$30 / $15 (Members)
About Ellen Lebowitz, E-RYT:
Ellen Lebowitz made the meditation/physical practice connection in 1984 when she embraced T’ai Chi through private instruction. In 1986 she began taking yoga classes with Bikram Choudhury (Bikram Yoga) in California and continued her study of yoga with Johnny Gillespie, attending workshops and longer programs with others including Jimmy Barkan, Rajashree Choudhury, and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd Singh Khalsa.
Ellen’s meditation studies have focused on the Buddhist path; she is a student of Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, and has received teachings from the Dalai Lama, Venerable Kenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, David Nichtern, and Ethan Nichtern. She is also currently studying with Scott McBride.
Ellen received certification from David Nichtern and Cyndi Lee after successful completion of OM Yoga’s 2011 Meditation Teacher Training. She received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2008 from Empowered Yoga and Verge Power Yoga. Her teaching is a natural result of her deep desire for an enlightened, compassionate and peaceful world, along with the wish to share these jewels which have brought so much to her life. She brings her warmth and genuine interest in the well-being of all students to each class.
Heather Fox has practiced meditation most of her life, having first learned a meditation technique as a pre-teen in the 70s. Later in college she was introduced to buddhism and as her buddhist studies continued, she learned shamata (calm-abiding) meditation technique. She trained with David Nichtern and is a certified OM Buddhist Studies meditation teacher.
Rediscovering Simple Contentment in Our Precious Lives
Learn how to simply sit, without doing, so that you taste the joy of and familiarize yourself with simply being. Feel what it is to relax totally without external distractions, with just the support of breath…which is always there for you.
We can only work with what we are aware of. Experience how the simple practice of calm abiding or peaceful abiding, plants you squarely on the path of being awake and aware in your life.
Begin to see that with simple practices you can learn to let go, over and over again so that the conditioned reactions within the hope and fear spectrum, which cause endless suffering, can also be let go of. Be your own dear friend, utterly honest and limitlessly loving.
Reactivity and negativity are common in ourselves and our world; overcome these negative habits by cultivating the innate capacity to observe without judgment, but with genuine honesty. Learn to trust your basic, inherent goodness.
You cannot control your feelings. However, there is no need to indulge or dwell in them either. Be kind to yourself. Recognize that feelings and emotions are not permanent or solid and they do pass and change. No matter what your feelings and emotions may be, you can influence your overall experience and restrain behavior and speech so as to do no harm to yourself or another.
You cannot control your thoughts. However a regular meditation practice will allow you to recognize patterns of thought and gain insight into the way you view your world and act in it. With diligence and discipline, motivated by the desire to be happy (the great desire of all beings!) you will then be able to abandon what does not serve you or others—that which causes suffering and confusion— and cultivate that which is beneficial—true causes of happiness and clarity. Your mind will become more pliable, balanced, clear and strong. Joy can then arise spontaneously.
Through a regular meditation practice, which provides the ground of stillness and silence, you will go inward to discover your true nature, your basic goodness.
Ellen will focus on seated meditation, loving kindness meditation and a walking meditation. She will share the many benefits of mindfulness and meditation and how it can transform your life! At Liberty Yoga we meditate before, during and/ or after each class! Meditation is a key component to a joyful life and a calm and clear state of mind. WE have started a group called 365 Days of Meditation! Please join us Saturday mornings at 8am at the studio AND sign up through Insight Timer App -join our Group Liberty Yoga Meditation.
100 Reasons to Meditate!!
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Good for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigor.
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20- Decreases the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines
25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to sports, activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- harmonizes our endocrine system
33- relaxes our nervous system
34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develop will power
57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- helps learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93- Attain enlightenment
94- greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life