“Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas”
and the Organism “Café Ecole- Constantin Foteinas”
have the pleasure and honor to invite you
at two Seminars directed by Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker
Subject A.) Emotional Purification, September 17 and 18, 2016, from 10:00-17:00 at Multipurpose Spiritual Center “Shantom”, Chalandri, (3 min. from Metro Station: Cholargos, exit: to Athens)
Subject B.) Yoga Nidra, (the sleep of the yogi) September 24 and 25, 2016, from 10:00-17:00
Emotional Purification: Vyasa says in his commentary on the first Yoga Sutra that yoga is samadhi and that that samadhi is an inherent quality of our mind field even now. For those of us stuck in the ordinary experience of the world our mind field is too disturbed for the light of the samadhi that is already there to shine. For most of us, making that mind field clear and pleasant and stable and therefore capable of samadhi will be the main subject of the first several decades of practice. We will explore the topic from the perspective of the yoga theory of mind and also in light of developments in modern neuroscience which is beginning to parallel the yoga system.
Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra is the yogic art of learning to consciously enter deep dreamless sleep. It is a practice that helps to reduce the barrier between our ordinary consciousness and the super consciousness of samadhi. It can also be useful with healing the body, learning and other positive side effects. We will discuss the concept of Yoga Nidra, learn the preparatory practices and on the second day will practice the entire procedure.
CV Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, PsyD, ERYT 500 –
# He is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Minnesota, USA. Adjunct assistant professor at Saint Mary’s University and at the University of St. Thomas School of Professional Psychology.
# He did his doctoral training under Brad¬ford Keeney, PhD, a family therapist acclaimed for experience with indigenous healers.
# He is a Sanskrit scholar.
# In 2004 he assisted in the introduction of the Yoga studies at the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Minnesota.
# He has been lecturing on yoga, meditation, yoga psychology etc. in USA, Canada, Holland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Lithuania, South Africa, Korea, Hong Kong and India.
The Seminars will be given in English and will be translated to Greek
What to bring
• Wear comfortable clothing
• A pair of socks (we take our shoes off in the hall)
• Yoga mat for yoga, pillow and blanket-in case you want to use your own, otherwise we will have available for you (please let us know)
Cost of the Seminars
Cost: 110 euro each. (60 euro advanced payment before the 5th of September and before the 18 of September respectively). The remaining amount should kindly be settled on sight before the beginning of the Seminar. The amount of 110 euro covers all costs of the Seminar. Before the end of the workshop we will be given the opportunity to thank our teacher by a dakshina (donation, a present from our heart, according to the Indian Tradition) to express our gratitude for the spiritual nurturing.
Initiation to a Guru Mantra
If you are interested in receiving a mantra initiation, please let us know as soon as you apply for the Seminars.
Initiations will be given on Thursday 22/9/2016
We are at your disposal for any other information 6937122768 Sofia Foteina - Chatzikokoli
Himalayan Yoga Tradition of Athens
and Café Ecole-Constantin Foteinas
have the honour to announce two workshops in Greece
by Swami Nitya Muktananda Saraswati: A.) "THE FIVE ELEMENTS"
24, 25 and 26 JUNE 2016 in Athens
B.) "MEDITATION" by the sea and in nature
1, 2 and 3 JULY 2016 in Promyri Village, Pelion
A.) "Since time immemorial the human being has the desire to understand the world he lives in, his own existence and the powers behind both.
The most common way to talk about these five energy-fields across the world is as Five Elements or Energy-fields: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. And can take it into the realm of Gods just as much as into modern science (gravity, electromagnetism, weak and strong nuclear forces - and the combined “Strong force”). These forces work from the most subtle level (spiritually or energetically) to the gross which we can actually perceive with our five senses.
Once we learn to understand this "Book of Nature", we can understand much about ourselves as well as how the movement of life shapes the world we perceive in all its aspects.
We cannot escape the fact that everything is made up of these five energy-forces which have their source in the indescribable Absolute, of whatever cultural description.
Since we are these forces, self-knowledge includes knowing one’s “Make-up”. Knowing one’s energetic make-up gives us a clue about our talents, our weaknesses, our problems… and illnesses.
Health, peace and balance come from these forces being in harmony. To bring harmony, to balance opposites…whether in our body, our relationships, the environment or the world, at large depends on our ability to understand these forces and the laws according to which they move in the perpetual change we call life.
In this workshop, we will explore these forces and then look at ways to bring greater peace and balance into our bodies, lives and relationships."
B.) "Meditation is a subject that has been analysed and studied and most of all practiced throughout times and geographical areas. It is a spiritual practice, which today has expanded into medicine and therapies of all kinds.
Basically it is simple...it is "going back home". It is allowing our minds to be free from obsessive thinking and get in touch with the potent silence, the joy, the life-force which is our “original nature”, before it is "polluted" with all sorts of "thought patterns" etc.
This "walk home" has been practiced in many ways…but however many methods…the goal is one and the same: it is "simply going home" (whatever words we may use to describe this).
During the workshop we will try to understand the process and some methods... but basically we will practice… we will "walk together"."
Please, inform Sofia about your interest: email@example.com
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
invited by the Organism “Constantin Foteinas - Café Ecole”
will coordinate a Workshop at “SHANTOM, House of Culture” K. Chalandri
“EMOTIONS: FRIEND OR FOE”
from Friday 24 to Sunday to 26 of April 2015
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
in Athens, Greece for a three day workshop on:
"Practice and Theory of Meditation"
2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2014
Organized by CAFE-ECOLE, Athens
"We can talk about Meditation forever...
but it is not in the talking, but in the doing.
Meditation is a state.
Meditation is a way of life.
Meditation is the main method of walking the spiritual path.
There are all sorts of ways one can talk about meditation.
Meditation is a tool (as well as a state)
to gain peace and harmony within ourselves,
but furthermore is a way
to gather and direct energy to higher insights.
Let's explore together"
Swami Nitya will start introducing a short exercise sequence to balance and relax the body. Then we will continue with considering the mechanics of the method and explore what is actually happening in the mind. Yes, we will apply and explore some practices that develop focus and help to control the mind, in the context of mindfulness and self-awareness.
"Practice and Theory of Meditation," in Athens-Greece,
directed by Swami Nityamuctananda Saraswati disciple of the Spiritual Master Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalayan Tradition.
Friday 2/5/2014: 17:30-18:00 Welcome-Registration-Tea
18:00-19:30 Lecture: Meditation-Benefits and
difficulties of "observation"; what kind of disruptions
do we experience and where do they come from.
19:30-20:00 Meditation (Practice)
Saturday 3/5/14: 10:00-10:45 Introduction to Makkaho Exercises
(balancing exercises to improve energy
flow) and posture for Meditation.
10:45-11:15 Meditation (Practice)
11:15-11:30 TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Research, Science of meditation and
meditation as a universal practice
13:00- 13:30 Contemplative Meditation (Practice)
13:30-15:00 LUNCH BREAK
15:00-16:30 Lecture: Helpful tools: Mantra and
"relaxation exercises"- the so called
"61 points relaxation"
16:30-17:00 Meditation (Practice)
Sunday 4/5/14: 10:00-10:30 Makkaho Exercises
10:30-11:00 Meditation (Practice)
11:00-11:15 TEA BREAK
11:15-13:00 Theory and practice of Walking Meditation
13:00-13:30 Contemplative Meditation (practice)
13:30-15:00 LUNCH BREAK
15:00-16:30 The goal: Meditation leads to inner silence:
What is this silence?
16:30-17:00 Meditation (Practice)
P.S. Meditation Practices will be progressive.
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Yoga, Vedanta and the Buddhist teaching of Mindfulness (Satipatthana) are all part of the teachings of the Great Himalayan Masters.
The Himalayan region has brought forth many of the greatest teachers, such as Shankacharya, Patanjali and even the Buddha himself, not to forget the Tibetan and Taoist Masters. In more recent times great Beings like Tapovaji Maharaj, Shivananda, Chinmayananda and Swami Rama and his disciple M.M. Swami Veda Bharati and even lesser known ones like Nityananda of Ganeshpuri walked these Mountains immersed in a wisdom, that is not limited by religious bias, cultural boxes or styles of Yoga – but aims at a much subtler and universal Truth.
It is this pure and universal wisdom, the deeper meaning of "Yoga", which attracted Swami Nityamuktananda to dedicate her life to it. She took samnyasa (becoming a yogic monk) in 2003 from Swami Anubhavananda and confirmed her vows in the traditional Vedic ceremony with Swami Veda Bharati in the Himalayan Tradition in 2007.
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati (Dr. Christa-Maria Herrmann), German by birth, naturalized British, originally studied Theology her university studies soon expanded to Education, Psychology, Philosophy and Art and Design (Ceramics). Different teaching jobs (in colleges and universities) in various countries followed. At the centre of her studies (as well as her teaching) was always the subject of "Self-awareness".
Extensive travel and life in Asia (Australia and America) awakened her interest in Eastern Philosophy (Taoism and Zen) and led to the Zen-arts of Raku (as a potter she exhibited worldwide) and Shiatsu (one of several complementary medicines she studied and practiced).
Deep involvement in Meditation, the practice of Sattipahana (mindfulness) and Ngal So and other Tibetan Buddhist practices finally led her to Yoga and Vedanta.
She worked with several great spiritual Masters among them Zen-Masters, great Siddhas, the Tibetan Lama and Tulku T.Y.S. Gangchen, the great Yogi Swami Maheshananda and H.H. Swami Anubhavananda (Acharya of Vedanta) and finally M.M. (Mahamadeleschwara) Swami Veda Bharati, disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas.
In 1997 she made her Doctorate in Eco-philosophy on the subjects of the Mahabhutas (Five Great Elements) and has since contributed world-wide in conferences and workshops especially in two areas: 'the Five Elements' and Yoga Philosophy in its widest sense. These include international congresses on World Peace (UN) and complementary Medicine as well as new ethics. Presently she teaches mainly on topics related to Yoga philosophy (incl. Meditation) and "The Five Elements" in many countries from Spain to New Zealand, from Germany to Mexico; from Singapore and Australia to Ireland and that, in independent programs of Yoga Teacher Training as well as within the Himalayan Tradition.
She has been teaching for many years in Kaivalyadhama, Yoga Research Institute, Lonavla/India as well as SRSG (Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama).
In 1997 she was awarded a "World-Peace Prize" for contributions to World Peace (LGWPF/ NGO of UN).
She is the author of several books (an easy to read commentary on the Yoga Sutras and the Guru Gita; and an encyclopedic book on the Five Elements.) She writes continuously articles on Swami Vedas website and her own.
The workshop "Meditation, Practice and Theory" by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati from Friday 2 May to Sunday 4 May 2014, will be given in English
LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP
Multipurpose Room for Culture and Art SHANTOM (www.shantom.gr)
Tripoleos 35A, Kato Chalandri.
Metro Station: Cholargos (blue line, exit to Athens)
Bus Station from Athens :( 419, A5, B5, C5, E5, 403, 407, 416) on Messogeion Str.: 5th Station Cholargos.
From Kifissia: 404 (Tripoleos Station)
418 (Kalymnou Station)
402 (Apostolopoulou Station, on Apostolopoulou Str.)