Tuesdays, October 12, 19 & 26 | 7–8:30pm ET | $20 a session
Spanda, OM, Nada, Logos, Pranava: these terms denote the vibrational source energy that is pursued, lauded and extolled in diverse wisdom traditions.
In three sessions, explore the significance of vibration, sound and word as a central tenet of world contemplative practices, and experiment with Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism that use vibration as a vehicle for entering unitive awareness.
Session 1 (Oct. 12): Listening with the Whole Body
- Survey the role of vibration and sound in global origin stories and in contemporary science-based cosmology.
- Utilize simple seated postures and Yoga breathing processes to fine tune sensitivity to subtle vibration.
- Connect with the primal power of vocalization and sound described in Vedic, Buddhist and Tantric texts & learn how to apply it in your meditation practice.
- Understand the physiologic underpinnings of the capacity of vibration to transform mental and emotional affect.
Session 2 (Oct. 19): Mind and Mantra
- Speech, language and Meaning: a primer on the linguistic mysticism of Kashmiri Shaivism.
- Mantra – what it is and how to use it effectively.
- Remove deep seated conceptual obstacles and amplify personal power by exploring the seed mantras attributed to the chakras.
Session 3 (Oct. 26): The Ocean of Vibration
- Learn to recognize and relax into the pervasive vibratory Spanda.
- Practice radically simple awareness techniques suggested in the texts of Kashmiri Shaivism: The Vijnana Bhiarava Tantra, The Pratyavhijna Hrdayam and The Shiva Sutras.
- Explore the profound teachings of the Kularnava Tantra, “the Oceanic Teachings,” of the Ham Sah mantra.
- Use the breath to refresh your connection to universal energy.
Mary Reilly Nichols, Director of Nalanda Institute’s Yoga, Mind & Spirit, has been teaching meditation and yoga philosophy for over 3 decades. She spent ten years teaching a breath based therapy in the treatment of stuttering and now teaches breathing, mindful practices and stress management in corporate and medical settings. Mary holds a BA in anthropology from Harvard University, and completed five years of residency in the meditation ashrams of Swami Muktananda both in India and in the US.