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A regular mindfulness meditation practice is transformative: it can help to create steadiness and clarity of mind, and a deeper sense of compassion towards oneself, in our relationships, and the world. But the path towards these benefits takes patience, support, effort and commitment, which can be difficult to develop on one’s own. In this 5-week course you will learn and practice the basic techniques and principles of mindfulness meditation, in order to establish a regular personal practice.
• Learn foundational mindfulness meditation techniques
• Improve your comfort in being still and connected with the body, heart and mind
• Understand some of the common difficulties in meditation, and how to work with them
• Discuss and examine the relevance of mindfulness meditation in daily life
This program is developed around practical, traditional Buddhist meditation techniques, applied within the conditions of modern life. Each week we will explore a topic relevant to meditation and life experience. You will be instructed in a specific meditation technique, building on the techniques from previous weeks. We will meditate in class for approximately 20 minutes. Then we will discuss the experience with the opportunity to ask questions and share your experience.
Whether you are new to meditation, have experimented with it from time-to-time, or have an established practice, in this course you will find structure for practice, discussion and personal reflection.
Sunday February 25th – Sunday March 25th
8am – 9am
Instructor: Matthew Banman
Cost: $79 + GST
About Matthew Banman
Matthew started practicing yoga and meditation in 2009 after exploring the teachings of various philosophies and life systems. He was drawn to the holistic, intuitive, and compassionate nature of yogic philosophy, and driven by the potential for both positive community development and personal growth. Along with the yoga tradition, Matthew often draws from the teachings of Zen Buddhism in his classes.
Matthew completed his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2011 and is currently working towards his 500hr certification. He also completed a meditation facilitation program led by Michael Stone in the spring of 2016.
Matthew also works as a software developer for Modo, the car share cooperative, and lives in Port Moody with his wife, Yumi.