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Your Body is Your Practice – Monthly Workshop May
May 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Learning to become mindful and familiar with our body sensations and paying attention to our physical reactions can help with stress, pain, and self-acceptance. In this monthly workshop with experienced teacher Dan Cayer, you will learn to activate your body’s natural relaxation response through practicing simple techniques.
Our body can be a source of joy and confidence, and an instrument for pleasure and connection. But all too often, we experience it as an achy, chubby, worry and tension-filled burden that we try to manage, ignore, or control in the midst of our busy lives. Research indicates that being with the reality of our present moment body experience, and learning to explore it with patience and kindness, can help everyone find a sense of peace which doesn’t depend on pleasant feelings or ideal circumstances.
In this ongoing monthly workshop, we will explore what it means to establish a spiritual and mindfulness practice with the body as a central element. How can we care for our body without trying to micromanage or endlessly perfect it? How much discomfort is okay? Can we learn to hear our body’s wisdom?
This three-hour workshop will incorporate meditation practice, awareness of emotions, and skills drawn from the Alexander Technique. Dan’s personal experience with debilitating illness enables him to help others meet their experiences with curiosity, humor, and compassion.
No experience is necessary. Cushions and chairs will be provided.
This program is offered on a sliding fee scale. Please select the highest amount you can comfortably afford to support this and other donation-based initiatives. IDP Members, please select the middle rate. Students, seniors, and unemployed persons, please select the lowest rate. See below for scholarship opportunities.
Dan Cayer is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a meditator in the Shambhala tradition, and a graduate of IDP’s yearlong Meditation Teacher Training program. After a serious injury left Dan unable to work or carry out household tasks like cleaning dishes, he began studying the Alexander Technique. His return to health, as well as his experience dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pain, has inspired him to help others. Dan now teaches the Alexander Technique as a method of recovering balance and well-being. He advocates it as a fantastic embodiment of mindfulness and awareness both on and off the cushion.