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Meditation For Peace
Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to learn and practice meditation and get re-centered.

Join—owner of Aloha Yoga Kula—Brigitte Snyder this month to strengthen your meditation practice and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Special guest Paul Izak will be accompanying her to add sound to your experience.

This month's offering will include:
- Gentle yoga
- A performance by musical guest Paul Izak
- A long, relaxing savasana (done in any restorative posture of your choice).
- Seated or reclined silent meditation practice.
- Talk on Bhakti Yoga: The yoga of devotion

Bhakti Yoga:

Bhakti means devotion, love or adoration.

In Bhakti Yoga, one practices love and devotion in order to receive love.

It is through this practice we are able to cultivate more feelings of peace, connection and expansion in our lives.

$15 at the door

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Mantric Fire Workshop w/ Paul Muller-Ortega
Dec
6
1:00 PM13:00

Mantric Fire Workshop w/ Paul Muller-Ortega

An exploration into the practices and teachings from the ancient Shaiva Tantra Tradition.

This will be an experiential journey into your own heart in a rare gathering of profound consideration and learning.

Specific practices taught may include:

  • The Release Practice

  • The Intention Offering Practice

  • The Amrita Guru practice

  • Japa or chanting

  • The study of sacred texts

  • Plus other group practices that raise the vibration of our awareness.

This workshop is accessible for everyone, regardless of background or belief.

We invite you to:

  • Live in a higher and more evolutionary way.

  • Find liberation in your busy, modern life

  • Gain access to the interior, subtle space of your consciousness

Price:

$90 - early bird (until 11/11)

$108 - regular price

*Students enrolled in the Sat-Sun Meditation course will receive 50% off. Please register for Initiation first here. You will then receive a code in your confirmation email to attend the Mantric Fire Workshop at half price.

Location: Open Space Yoga - Diamon Head Studio

About the host:

Paul Muller-Ortega Ph.D is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, and one of the world’s most highly respected academic scholars in the field of Indian Religion and Hindu Tantra. He is the founder of Blue Throat Yoga, which teaches the elegant and highly effective practice of Neelakantha Meditation, now practiced by thousands of students around the globe. Paul has been a meditation practitioner for over fifty years and has formally studied with several of the greatest meditation masters of our time. Paul has taught hundreds of meditation seminars, as well as offering retreats, advanced study courses and a rigorous and profound training program for teachers of Neelakantha Meditation. Paul brings to his teaching the rare combination of knowledge and experience, taking his students on a profound journey into Consciousness that is life-changing and enlightening.

Paul Muller-Ortega Ph.D

Paul Muller-Ortega Ph.D

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Neelakantha Meditation Initiations w/ Paul Muller-Ortega
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Neelakantha Meditation Initiations w/ Paul Muller-Ortega

December 7 & 8

10am-6pm (both days)

Formal initiation & instruction + 18 months of support

This two-day course is the beginning of a lifetime of practice.

You will learn the practice of Neelakantha Meditation and the specific context and foundational principles underlying the practice, which is rooted in SvaTantra - the Tantric teachings of the ultimate freedom of Consciousness.

What is Neelakantha Meditation?

A daily practice of deep meditation that works to bring about transformation, healing, and benevolence in your life, governed by the principle of effortlessness.

Neelakantha Meditation allows you to establish a direct connection to your own deepest reality and reconnect with your innate nature of freedom, creativity, clarity, bliss and everything wonderful in life.

This practice is easy to learn and is accessible to everyone.

The 18-Month Course Includes:

• Welcome audio message

• Two-day course of formal personalized Initiation into Neelakantha Meditation

• Ongoing Live Meditation Practice Teleseminars

• Original translations ofTantric texts

• Online Wisdom Library

• Auditing Day 2 of Initiationevents at no cost

• Auditing Day 2 of Initiationevents at no cost

• Special Audio Satsangs

• Additional Supporting Practices and Materials

• Invitations to attend Meditation Retreats and to receive Advanced Initiations

Price:

Full Pay: Early Bird Initiation into Neelakantha Meditation Registration $550

Two Pay: Early Bird Registration: $275 now and 30 days later

Three Pay: Early Bird Registration: $184 now, 30 and 60 days later,

*Tuition paid after 11/11 is $600

*Students enrolled in the Sat-Sun Meditation course will receive 50% off The Mantric Fire Workshop. Please register for Initiation first here. You will then receive a code in your confirmation email to attend the Mantric Fire Workshop at half price.

Location: Open Space Yoga - Diamon Head Studio

About the host:

Paul Muller-Ortega Ph.D is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, and one of the world’s most highly respected academic scholars in the field of Indian Religion and Hindu Tantra. He is the founder of Blue Throat Yoga, which teaches the elegant and highly effective practice of Neelakantha Meditation, now practiced by thousands of students around the globe. Paul has been a meditation practitioner for over fifty years and has formally studied with several of the greatest meditation masters of our time. Paul has taught hundreds of meditation seminars, as well as offering retreats, advanced study courses and a rigorous and profound training program for teachers of Neelakantha Meditation. Paul brings to his teaching the rare combination of knowledge and experience, taking his students on a profound journey into Consciousness that is life-changing and enlightening.

Paul Muller-Ortega Ph.D

Paul Muller-Ortega Ph.D

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Monthly Meditation Workshop
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Monthly Meditation Workshop

This months theme: The Art of Yoga Nidra

This is a monthly gathering that explores the elements of a successful meditation practice. Each month we will embrace a new theme and learn how to apply it to our practice.

During this workshop you will learn how to:

* Mitigate stress

* Unplug from excess stimulation

* Blend eastern & western philosophies

* Strengthen your practice

Hosted by: Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer is an authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation, and iRest Yoga Nidra. She has been leading teacher trainings and advanced yogic studies since 2009.

Price: $20 at the door

Please bring: Comfy clothes and an eye pillow

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Meditation For Peace
Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to learn and practice meditation and get re-centered.

Join meditation and yogic philosophy expert Jennifer Reuter this month to strengthen your meditation practice and rejuvenate your mind and body.

This month's offering will include:
- Sound bath: Healing sounds of crystal bowls,Tibetan bowls, gongs and chimes.
- Restorative and lunar yoga asana (all done on the back).
- A long, relaxing savasana (done in any restorative posture of your choice).
- Seated or reclined silent meditation practice.
- Talk on Jnana Yoga - The yoga of action

Jnana Yoga:

A spiritual quest for knowledge of one's self.

In Jnana Yoga, meditation and reflection are used to inquire within and discover who you really are.

The goal is to cultivate wisdom and free yourself from ego based decisions and unproductive thoughts.

$15

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Women's Circle
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Women's Circle

An evening of yoga asana, ayurveda , discussion and self-reflection for women.

Join us for an exploration of the body and mind.

An event intended just for women to cultivate connection, grounding and empowerment.

This event includes:

Yoga asana - to balance the body

Meditation - to balance the mind

Om chanting - including how and why

Introduction to Ayurveda - learn how to balance your well-being

Journaling & Reflection

A take-home Ayurvedic reference guide

Price: $15

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic, whole-body approach to health and healing.

With concepts based on our relationship to the natural world we are able to understand our unique nature and self. This approach unlocks the vitality and true potential in all beings.


About the teachers

Cecilia Ryan

Cecilia's yoga journey began in the year 2000 in Hamburg, Germany, where she was a fitness and aerobic instructor. Her love for people and the desire to learn and share the ancient wisdom of yoga and its healing qualities, made the transition to teaching yoga feel natural. She completed her first teacher training in 2004 and began teaching in Germany and Portugal before moving to Hawaii. She has completed 200hr RYT and 500hr RYT under Mary Bastien and Jennifer Reuter, 500hr Ayurveda healing course and massage therapy school. Cecilia also embraces a daily meditation practice taught to her by Dr.Paul Muller-Ortega.

Ivie Bryant

Ivie was introduced to yoga in 2007 when she moved to Oahu. Through focused breath work, dynamatic movement, and long held poses, her physical, emotional, mental and energetic layers began to open and she discovered the incredible healing potential the practice had to offer. Yoga has been instrumental in helping her recover from a back injury and two cesareans within two years. It has improved her flexibility and helped her heal physically as well as energetically. After receiving a master’s in education in 2010, Ivie saw the benefit of the practice in the classroom. She became YogaEd certified and worked with the Farrington High School cross country team to teach middle school students at Kaimuki. And in 2018 she completed the Aloha Kula Yoga teacher training program.

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ivie-bryant
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Meditation For Peace
Sep
1
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to learn and practice meditation and get re-centered.

Join meditation and yogic philosophy expert Jennifer Reuter this month to strengthen your meditation practice and rejuvenate your mind and body.

This month's offering will include:
- Sound bath: Healing sounds of crystal bowls,Tibetan bowls, gongs and chimes.
- Restorative and lunar yoga asana (all done on the back).
- A long, juicy savasana (done in any restorative posture of your choice).
- Seated or reclined silent meditation practice.
- Talk on Karma Yoga - The yoga of action

Karma Yoga

The yoga we practice on the mat is a metaphor for our yoga practice we take with us into the world.

One of the 4 spiritual paths on a yogis journey toward freedom of suffering is Karma Yoga, or the yoga of action.

When we are living our truth and acting out of service for the greater good our lives become rich and meaningful.

Living a life of purpose, in an unselfish way, is were we can find true joy.

$15

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Meditation Immersion: The Path of Awakening
Aug
18
to Aug 24

Meditation Immersion: The Path of Awakening

The word “awakening” is often used in a way that it sounds like an extraordinary rarified achievement. The esoteric can be alluring yet baffling and it can cause the average person to feel confused and/or stuck. But as many traditions teach, “awakening” is an “open secret” and itʻs available to everybody.

The problem is that we don’t normally perceive awakening because we are still identified with our thinking, feeling, and bodily sensations.

As Thomas Merton once said, “Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.”

Through the practice of meditation we are able to experience this truth. Meditation teaches us that awakening is a process and that it is not necessarily “exotic ”but in fact is just the simplicity of our being.

Meditation is a practical tool and accessible to all. By learning how to quiet the mind one experiences the true meaning of “awakening,” which is the natural movement towards more well-being, bliss and connection.

This immersion is open to all levels. It will include discussion, mindfulness based asana and various techniques to help quiet the mind.

Topics include:

  • The Myths of Meditation - How to “know” when you are meditating.

  • Mysticism and Meditation - Opening the door from the narrow world of everydayness to our mystical self.

  • Meditation as “Chitta Shuddhi” - the “Purification of Consciousness”

  • Meditation as a Muscle - And how to flex it.

  • Contemplative Neuroscience - What is the brain capable of with meditation training?

  • Focused and Defocused Networks - The circuits for meditation training.

  • Vikalpa saṃskāra - Refinement and purification of ourselves.

  • Yoga Sutras - Suffering and how to overcome obstacles of the mind.

  • Samskaras—Identifying, recognizing and dissolving patterns of the mind.

  • Samskaras—Identifying, recognizing and dissolving patterns of the mind.

  • The Personal Meditation Practice - How to make it your “own.”


Practices that will be covered:

Mindfulness

Antar Mouna (cultivating the witness)

Breath

Mantra

Compassion training

Contemplative meditation and prayer

Journaling

Yoga Nidra

Asana

Cultivating a "home practice"

Schedule:

Sunday, Aug. 18th - 12:30pm-4:30pm

Monday Aug. 19th - 5:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday Aug. 21st - 5:30pm-8:30pm

Friday Aug. 23rd - 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday Aug. 24th 9:00am-2:00pm

Price:

$360

Credits:

18 Hours can be used towards 300/500 RYT Certification with Open Space Yoga.

Teacher:

Jennifer Reuter has been leading teacher trainings and advanced yogic studies since 2009. She is an authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation—a deep tantric meditation practice that works to bring about transformation, healing, and benevolence, which she has studied and practiced with Blue Throat Yoga for over a decade. During this time Jennier has logged over 1000 lifetime hours in formal silent meditation retreat settings. She is also a level-2 certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, teaches weekly yoga nidra classes in Kailua, holds a monthly meditation meet-up group in her Kailua home and hosts a monthly event called Meditation For Peace at Aloha Yoga Kula.

Location:

Open Space Yoga - Diamond Head Studio

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Meditation For Peace
Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to learn and practice meditation and get re-centered.

Join meditation and yogic philosophy expert Jennifer Reuter this month to strengthen your meditation practice and rejuvenate your mind and body.

This month's offering will include:
- Sound bath: Healing sounds of crystal bowls,Tibetan bowls, gongs and chimes.
- Restorative and lunar yoga asana (all done on the back).
- A long, juicy savasana (done in any restorative posture of your choice).
- Seated or reclined silent meditation practice.
- Talk on the life and teachings of Rabindranath Tagore (famous poet).

Mystics & Poets Series | May-August 2019

Over the past 4 months we have been covering poets like Rumi, Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton. This month we will discuss and meditate on the words of Rabindranath Tagore.

Poets have an elegant way of using language to express the sacred. Their poems have the power to trigger experiential sublime insights. You might agree that great poetry has a way of speaking directly to the heart and soul. It can spark a feeling of wholeness, to help correct the broken or dis-“eased” places that are deep inside every one of us. Poetry even has a way of radically changing views of the world and our story in it. Anything that can help us do this is valuable to the human spirit.

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Women's Circle
Jul
19
4:00 PM16:00

Women's Circle

Empowerment + Connection + Grounding

What is the condition of your inner garden?

Often times the garden metaphor is used to describe the state of our body and mind. In this meeting, geared specifically for women, we will play with this metaphor as we explore the physical terrain of the body through gentle asana and explore mental terrain through group discussion, meditation and journaling.

Prepare to leave feeling more connected, empowered and centered.

Event details:

  • Gentle asana

  • Discussion

  • Journaling

  • Practical and holistic take-home tools

Price: $15 at the door

Teachers:

About Ivie Cornwell:

Ivie Cornwell was introduced to yoga in 2007 when she moved to Oahu. Through focused breath work, dynamatic movement, and long held poses, her physical, emotional, mental and energetic layers began to open and she discovered the incredible healing potential the practice had to offer. Yoga has been instrumental in helping her recover from a back injury and two cesareans within two years. It has improved her flexibility and helped her heal physically as well as energetically. After receiving a master’s in education in 2010, Ivie saw the benefit of the practice in the classroom. She became YogaEd certified and worked with the Farrington High School cross country team to teach middle school students at Kaimuki. And in 2018 she completed the Aloha Kula Yoga teacher training program. You can practice with Ivie at Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua and find her collaborating at Yoga Unplugged events.

About Brigitte Snyder:

Brigitte's love of yoga began in 1990 after the blissful experience of her first savasana in a class taught by Brian Kent. Living in Los Angeles at the time, she was introduced to meditation in 1992 through the writings of Paramahansa Yoganada, and studied yoga with one of his devotees daily for over two years. She has done extensive training since then including studying with master teachers Mancuso Manos, Shiva Rea, Eric Shiffmann, Mary Dunn, Ramanan Patel, Rodney Yee and B.K.S. Iyengar. She has also completed two Anusara Immersion programs and is the co-owner of Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua, Hawaii. Brigitte’s classes are a joyful journey. She mixes the fluidness and creativity of vinyasa with the precision and alignment of Iyengar. As a student you will feel her attention to you as an individual, offering manual adjustments that deepen the understanding of the poses and nurturing guidance that takes you into the infinite energies of the breath and body. Since 2002, Brigitte has shared her in-depth understanding and strong technique based awareness in workshops and teacher’s training programs. She is the director of Aloha Yoga Kula’s Teacher’s Training/Advanced Studies Program.

To learn more about the venue visit: Aloha Yoga Kula (This event will be at the Pali Studio)

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Nutrition For The Brain
Jul
18
9:00 AM09:00

Nutrition For The Brain

FREE EVENT!

Your mental health plays a huge role when it comes to things like managing stress effectively, maintaining a healthy weight, having loving relationships, being good at your job and being an amazing parent.

If you are not taking care of your head these areas of your life begin to get difficult. Stress can show up in the body in the form of an injury or disease, relationships are strained, your work suffers and you begin to have trouble finding joy in life itself.

This is why it is so important to keep your brain nourished and your monkey mind tamed. How? By increasing awareness, becoming more present and cultivating a variety of healthy habits.

Your brain needs time to rest and process. It also needs tasks to be simple and clear so it doesn’t get overwhelmed. Your brain makes hundreds of decisions every day that affect your quality of life. When you can adopt healthy habits, good decisions become automatic. The more you automate the more your brain is freed up to be create and experience joy.

In this workshop we will explore some of the healthy habits and basic tools you can use to keep your brain healthy and running at its fullest potential.

You will learn:

  • How to tap into your creativity.

  • How to retain what you learn.

  • How to experience more joy in your life.

  • How to create and keep healthy habits.

Some of the tools we will discuss are:

  • Meditation

  • Journaling

  • Yoga/Mindful movement

  • Foods that fuel the brain (includes tasting of local ingredients)

Teachers:

Led by meditation and yoga philosophy expert––Jennifer Reuter and seasoned chef and health coach––Sarah Burchard (a.k.a. The Healthy Locavore), both from the Oahu based wellness brand––Yoga Unplugged.

Jennifer and Sarah specialize in creating events, workshops and retreats designed to teach students sustainable self-care methods that increase health and inner peace.

This workshop is for you if…

  • You wish to improve your mental health.

  • You want to develop practices that will keep your brain healthy as you age.

  • Already have wellness practices in place such as yoga, meditation or an exercise routine.

  • You suffer from mild depression and/or anxiety

  • Have trouble focusing

  • You want to be more creative

  • You want to experience more overall joy in your life

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Meditation For Peace
Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

Event updated 6/25/19

$15 at the door

Mystics & Poets Series | May-August 2019

Over the next 4 months we will cover 4 poets: Rumi, Mary Oliver, Thomas Merton and Rabindranath Tagore.

Poets have an elegant way of using language to express the sacred. Their poems have the power to trigger experiential sublime insights. You might agree that great poetry has a way of speaking directly to the heart and soul. It can spark a feeling of wholeness, to help correct the broken or dis-“eased” places that are deep inside every one of us. Poetry even has a way of radically changing views of the world and our story in it. Anything that can help us do this is valuable to the human spirit.

This Month’s Poet:

This month we will discuss and meditate on the words of Thomas Merton.

Host: Jennifer Reuter

Special Guest: Jason Eric Belair (Expressing Oneness)

Event Details:

The sounds of crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, gongs and chimes during first 1/2 of class along with:

  • Restorative and Lunar asana (all done on the back)

  • Longer Savasana or any restorative posture of your choice

Followed by:

  • Seated or reclined meditation

  • Talk on the life and teachings of Thomas Merton

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

$15 at the door

Learn more about the venue here: Aloha Yoga Kula - Aikahi Studio

Jason Eric Belair

Jason Eric Belair

Jason Eric Belair of 'Expressing Oneness' is an international speaker, teacher and facilitator of inner work. Blending ancient and modern modalities to realize healing of supposedly incurable disease within himself, he has dedicated his life to sharing and supporting the world to dissolve the idea of that anything is incurable. As a Licenced Unity Teacher, yoga instructor (trained by Jennifer here on Oahu), meditation and soundscape facilitator his light-hearted approach opens up the many layers of Self to allow the natural process of revitalization and expansion to unfold into demonstrable results.

Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer studies extensively with many different teachers finding great value in exploring every style yoga has to offer. For 10 years she formally studied deep tantric meditation and was initiated as an “acharya” and authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation by Blue Throat Yoga. She’s also a level 2 certified Irest yoga nidra teacher and the founder of Yoga Unplugged, a platform that brings teachers and healers together to host events and trainings. Jennifer has been leading teacher trainings and advanced yogic studies since 2009. You will find her classes, lectures and retreats “interdisciplinary” inviting both ancient and modern day tools. Her teachings are intelligent, pragmatic and always heartfelt.

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Stress Management Workshop
Jun
19
5:30 PM17:30

Stress Management Workshop

Pre-registration recommended

Stress is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it, but we can mitigate it.

Are you aware of how stress adversely affects your brain? Or, how it can change the physical structure of your body?

By having a better understanding of your inner technology you can start to see how stress works. By incorporating practices like functional movement, meditation and yoga you can relax the older parts of the brain while sharpening, and utilizing more fully, the newer (more evolved) parts of the brain.

In this workshop we will address both brain and body.

  • Learn how your body moves under stress, what stress does to your posture and how to correct it.

  • Learn how your brain functions under stress, how to become aware of stress and how to manage it.

You will leave this workshop with a greater understanding and compassion for the basic design of your brain and body and how they function. You will also take away simple practices that universally address common stress patterns, so that you can mitigate and reverse their effects on a daily basis.

Learn more about stress at www.stress.org

Price: $50

Event details:

  • Lecture

  • Functional movement

  • Yoga asana

  • Meditation

Located at: Aloha Yoga Kula - Pali Studio

Teachers:

Dr. Michael Luan, D.C. is a Body Communications Coach, Consultant and Speaker. He offers students a unique blend of neurology, identifying body patterns, understanding motivation and an array of innovative solutions. His clients learn simple methods to improve their health, posture, biomechanics, movements and body shape. Dr. Luan is a Doctor of Chiropractic, holds a Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from USC. He has studied various forms of martial arts for sixteen years and holds a black belt in Ashihara Karate. His other qualifications include: master sports training, peak performance, body rolling, mind/body modes, rehabilitation, body patterning, yoga and teacher training. He currently teaches Pilates and Gyrotonics instructors on Oahu, is a consultant for Santa Barbara Fitness Ranch program development and collaborates on Yoga Unplugged events.

Jennifer Reuter is an event host, yoga and meditation teacher and the mastermind behind Yoga Unplugged. After practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade, she began to recognize the power of collaboration. Her vision is to create a platform that brings teachers and healers together from all over the world. Hosting events together enables them to offer a wider variety of philosophies, teaching styles and healing modalities than if they were to host alone.Although all Yoga Unplugged events are currently hosted by Jennifer and one of our many collaborators, her dream is for Yoga Unplugged to one day be a brand that does not belong to one person, but to many people spread across the world with the same core purpose.

Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer Reuter

Dr. Michael Luan

Dr. Michael Luan

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Meditation For Peace
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

$15 at the door

Mystics & Poets Series | May-August 2019

Over the next 4 months we will cover 4 poets: Rumi, Mary Oliver, Thomas Merton and Rabindranath Tagore.

Poets have an elegant way of using language to express the sacred. Their poems have the power to trigger experiential sublime insights. You might agree that great poetry has a way of speaking directly to the heart and soul. It can spark a feeling of wholeness, to help correct the broken or dis-“eased” places that are deep inside every one of us. Poetry even has a way of radically changing views of the world and our story in it. Anything that can help us do this is valuable to the human spirit.

This Month’s Poet:

This month we will discuss and meditate on the words of Mary Oliver.

Host: Brigitte Snyder

Event Details:

20 min: Inspirational and educational discussion on the theme and meditation

30 min: Gentle Yoga Asana

20 min: Seated meditation practice + restorative Shavasana

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

$15 at the door

Learn more about the venue here: Aloha Yoga Kula - Aikahi Studio

Brigitte Snyder

Brigitte Snyder

Brigitte's love of yoga began in 1990 after the blissful experience of her first savasana in a class taught by Brian Kent. Living in Los Angeles at the time, she was introduced to meditation in 1992 through the writings of Paramahansa Yoganada, and studied yoga with one of his devotees daily for over two years. She has done extensive training since then including studying with master teachers Mancuso Manos, Shiva Rea, Eric Shiffmann, Mary Dunn, Ramanan Patel, Rodney Yee and B.K.S. Iyengar… Learn More

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Meditation For Peace
May
5
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

$15 at the door

Mystics & Poets Series | May-August 2019

Over the next 4 months we will cover 4 poets: Rumi, Mary Oliver, Thomas Merton and Rabindranath Tagore.

Poets have an elegant way of using language to express the sacred. Their poems have the power to trigger experiential sublime insights. You might agree that great poetry has a way of speaking directly to the heart and soul. It can spark a feeling of wholeness, to help correct the broken or dis-“eased” places that are deep inside every one of us. Poetry even has a way of radically changing views of the world and our story in it. Anything that can help us do this is valuable to the human spirit.

This Month’s Poet:

This month we will discuss and meditate on the words of Rumi.

During the 13th century Rumi was a Persian poet and top Islamic scholar and theologian. Today he is the best selling poet in the United States. His inspirational quotes are profound and timeless.

Host: Maria Fregeau

Event Details:

20 min: Inspirational and educational discussion on the theme and meditation

30 min: Gentle Yoga Asana

20 min: Seated meditation practice + restorative Shavasana

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

$15 at the door

Learn more about the venue here: Aloha Yoga Kula - Aikahi Studio

Maria Fregeau

Maria Fregeau

Maria is a mother, massage therapist, yoga instructor and lover of the ocean and nature. In 2010 she earned her 200 hour yoga certification with Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua. She has also been a healing bodyworker for over 15 years. After years of devoted yoga and meditation practice, assisting yoga retreats worldwide and exploring India her love of this ancient practice only continues to deepen. Yoga is a cornerstone for Mariaʻs lifestyle of health, peace, well-being, & true happiness. Her newest adventure of motherhood keeps her focused on the simplicity of life and it’s sacredness in every little moment. Maria’s classes are light hearted, inspirational, full of joy and will leave you feeling cared for in every level of your being. Her intention is that, regardless of age, gender, or past experience you will be inspired to shine your brightest! She believes that by tapping into your own intuitive nature you can find ease, strength and healing straight from your body, mind, & spirit! You can practice with Maria at Aloha Yoga Kula on Wednesdays at the Pali studio in Kailua and find her co-hosting Yoga Unplugged events such as Meditation For Peace.

 
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Meditation For Peace
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This Month’s Theme:

This month we complete the teachings of Kriya Yoga, and how it applies to meditation, with the practice of Ishvarapranidhana, or self-surrender.

Host: Jennifer Reuter & Brigitte Snyder

*With Special Musical Guest: Paul Izak

Event Details:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound healing

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

Learn more about the venue here: Aloha Yoga Kula - Aikahi Studio

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Stress Series: Part 2 - Your Body On Stress
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Stress Series: Part 2 - Your Body On Stress

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Part 2 of 2

Stress is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it, but we can mitigate it.

Are you aware of how stress adversely affects your brain? Or, how it can change the physical structure of your body?

This series is broken up into two parts: brain and body.

Part two will address the body––how it moves under stress, what it does to your posture and how to correct it.

Click here for information on part 1 of this series.

You will leave with a greater understanding and compassion for the basic design of your brain and body and how they function, and take away simple practices that universally address common stress patterns, so that you can mitigate and reverse their effects on a daily basis.

Price: $45

Event details:

Part 2: Your Body On Stress

  • Lecture

  • Functional movement

  • Yoga asana

  • Meditation

Located at Open Space Yoga - Chinatown studio

Teachers:

Dr. Michael Luan, D.C. is a Body Communications Coach, Consultant and Speaker. He offers students a unique blend of neurology, identifying body patterns, understanding motivation and an array of innovative solutions. His clients learn simple methods to improve their health, posture, biomechanics, movements and body shape. Dr. Luan is a Doctor of Chiropractic, holds a Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from USC. He has studied various forms of martial arts for sixteen years and holds a black belt in Ashihara Karate. His other qualifications include: master sports training, peak performance, body rolling, mind/body modes, rehabilitation, body patterning, yoga and teacher training. He currently teaches Pilates and Gyrotonics instructors on Oahu, is a consultant for Santa Barbara Fitness Ranch program development and collaborates on Yoga Unplugged events.

Jennifer Reuter is an event host, yoga and meditation teacher and the mastermind behind Yoga Unplugged. After practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade, she began to recognize the power of collaboration. Her vision is to create a platform that brings teachers and healers together from all over the world. Hosting events together enables them to offer a wider variety of philosophies, teaching styles and healing modalities than if they were to host alone.Although all Yoga Unplugged events are currently hosted by Jennifer and one of our many collaborators, her dream is for Yoga Unplugged to one day be a brand that does not belong to one person, but to many people spread across the world with the same core purpose.

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Dr. Michael Luan

Dr. Michael Luan

Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer Reuter

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Meditation For Peace
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This Month’s Theme:

This month we continue exploring the teachings of Kriya Yoga and how it applies to meditation.

Svadhyaya, or self-study, will be our focus at this event.

Host: Jennifer Reuter

Event Details:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound healing

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

Learn more about the venue here: Aloha Yoga Kula - Aikahi Studio

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Stress Series: Part 1 - Your Brain On Stress
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Stress Series: Part 1 - Your Brain On Stress

PURCHASE TICKETS

Part 1 of 2

Stress is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it, but we can mitigate it.

Are you aware of how stress adversely affects your brain? Or, how it can change the physical structure of your body?

This series is broken up into two parts: brain and body.

Part one will address the brain and how it functions under stress. We will address how to become aware of stress and offer ways to help you manage it.

Click here for information about part 2 of this series.

You will leave with a greater understanding and compassion for the basic design of your brain and body and how they function, and take away simple practices that universally address common stress patterns, so that you can mitigate and reverse their effects on a daily basis.

Price: $45

Event details:

Part 1: Your Brain On Stress

  • Lecture

  • Functional movement

  • Yoga asana

  • Meditation

Located at Open Space Yoga - Diamond Head Studio

Teachers:

Dr. Michael Luan, D.C. is a Body Communications Coach, Consultant and Speaker. He offers students a unique blend of neurology, identifying body patterns, understanding motivation and an array of innovative solutions. His clients learn simple methods to improve their health, posture, biomechanics, movements and body shape. Dr. Luan is a Doctor of Chiropractic, holds a Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from USC. He has studied various forms of martial arts for sixteen years and holds a black belt in Ashihara Karate. His other qualifications include: master sports training, peak performance, body rolling, mind/body modes, rehabilitation, body patterning, yoga and teacher training. He currently teaches Pilates and Gyrotonics instructors on Oahu, is a consultant for Santa Barbara Fitness Ranch program development and collaborates on Yoga Unplugged events.

Jennifer Reuter is an event host, yoga and meditation teacher and the mastermind behind Yoga Unplugged. After practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade, she began to recognize the power of collaboration. Her vision is to create a platform that brings teachers and healers together from all over the world. Hosting events together enables them to offer a wider variety of philosophies, teaching styles and healing modalities than if they were to host alone.Although all Yoga Unplugged events are currently hosted by Jennifer and one of our many collaborators, her dream is for Yoga Unplugged to one day be a brand that does not belong to one person, but to many people spread across the world with the same core purpose.

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Dr. Michael Luan

Dr. Michael Luan

Jennifer Reuter

Jennifer Reuter

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Meditation For Peace
Feb
3
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This Month’s Theme:

This month we continue exploring the teachings of Kriya Yoga and how it applies to meditation.

Tapas, or self-discipline, will be our focus at this event.

This will also be our first Meditation For Peace hosted by Aloha Yoga Kula owner and Yoga Unplugged team member, Brigitte Snyder.

Event Details:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Brigitte Snyder’s love of yoga began in 1990 after the blissful experience of her first savasana in a class taught by Brian Kent. Living in Los Angeles at the time, she was introduced to meditation in 1992 through the writings of Paramahansa Yoganada, and studied yoga with one of his devotees daily for over two years. She has done extensive training since then including studying with master teachers Mancuso Manos, Shiva Rea, Eric Shiffmann, Mary Dunn, Ramanan Patel, Rodney Yee and B.K.S. Iyengar. She has also completed two Anusara Immersion programs and is the co-owner of Aloha Yoga Kula in Kailua, Hawaii. Brigitte’s classes are a joyful journey. She mixes the fluidness and creativity of vinyasa with the precision and alignment of Iyengar.

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound healing

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

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Meditation For Peace
Jan
6
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

This Month’s Theme:

This month we will be exploring Kriya Yoga. Learn the essence of this practice and how it applies to meditation.

Event Details:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Jennifer Reuter has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. She is an expert in teaching the concepts and techniques of this practice, and begins each event going over these in full detail, often sharing some personal insights along the way.  She guides you into your meditation from a place of love and compassion.

At the end of your silent meditation, you will be guided to lie down and relax while Jennifer presents the vibrational sounds of the gong, quartz bowls and chimes in a centering yogic sound bath. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound bath

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

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Meditation For Peace
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Meditation For Peace

ATTENTION: This event has been rescheduled.

The new date and time is Sunday, 12/9 4:00-5:30pm

*Tickets for this event will be sold at the door*

This month's theme is: Welcoming Winter + The Power of Intention Setting

The holidays can often hijack this auspicious time of the year. In this session we will set aside time for you to set your personal intentions for 2019. Together we will plant those seeds, through meditation and mantra.

Event Details:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Jennifer Reuter has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. She is an expert in teaching the concepts and techniques of this practice, and begins each event going over these in full detail, often sharing some personal insights along the way.  She guides you into your meditation from a place of love and compassion.

At the end of your silent meditation, you will be guided to lie down and relax while Jennifer presents the vibrational sounds of the gong, quartz bowls and chimes in a centering yogic sound bath. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 15 min: Journaling/intention setting

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound bath

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

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Meditation For Peace
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Meditation For Peace

*Tickets for this event will be sold at the door*

This month's theme is: Yoga Sutras for Self-Care

In this session we will explore ancient teachings, from the most authoritative text on yoga: The Yoga Sutras.

You will learn the most meaningful self-care message from the Yoga Sutras, and how it translates in these modern times.

Together we will discover the knowledge, that can make a difference for a modern day thinker, adventurer and lover of life.

Event Details:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Jennifer Reuter has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. She is an expert in teaching the concepts and techniques of this practice, and begins each event going over these in full detail, often sharing some personal insights along the way.  She guides you into your meditation from a place of love and compassion.

At the end of your silent meditation, you will be guided to lie down and relax while Jennifer presents the vibrational sounds of the gong, quartz bowls and chimes in a centering yogic sound bath. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound bath

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

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Meditation For Peace
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Meditation For Peace

This month's theme is: 
Shadow & Light: Welcoming the Fall

It's time to slooooowwwww down…

This month we will honor the Fall season and the opportunities it brings for spiritual growth and self improvement. 

Even in Hawaii the changing of the seasons impacts us energetically. As you welcome in the Fall, saying goodbye to long summer days, there is an energetic invitation to slow down and go within. Take advantage of this natural planetary rhythm, so you can literally, “fall back on yourself” in order to gain a greater understanding of your own personal "shadow and light”.  

The power of “shadow and light” work can not be underestimated. If you are to be an extraordinary, successful human being, you will need to be able to recognize and understand your own personal shadow and light. 

Meditation is the supreme tool for accessing these teachings. 

This session will include pranayama and insights on how you can discover and understand your own shadows and light using meditation. It is followed by a harmonic sound bath in your favorite restorative posture. 

Event Description:

To be at peace is to live in harmony with everything and everyone around you. It is total freedom from fear and resistance. But, in order to truly be at peace you have to find peace within. You may often find your outer world gets chaotic and feels out of balance. You may be trying to change your external circumstances to find peace, but find that nothing ever lasts long term. You will never find peace externally, if you are lacking it internally. 

Meditation is a tool used to cultivate inner peace.

It is a way to practice focusing on the present. It’s a practice of acknowledging any regrets you may have had about the past or worries you may have about the future, accepting them without judgement and gently letting them go. 

Sometimes in our busy lives we struggle to find the time or the “right place” to relax and sink deeply into our meditation. Group meditation can be extremely powerful in this case. Meditating as a group strengthens the mana of the practice. We support each other and remember that it is OK to “fall off” our practice, because we can always start again together. 

Jennifer Reuter has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. She is an expert in teaching the concepts and techniques of this practice, and begins each event going over these in full detail, often sharing some personal insights along the way.  She guides you into your meditation from a place of love and compassion.

At the end of your silent meditation, you will be guided to lie down and relax while Jennifer presents the vibrational sounds of the gong, quartz bowls and chimes in a centering yogic sound bath. 

Meditation For Peace is a monthly gathering created for you to work on cultivating your own inner peace. It is a place suitable for anyone, whether you are just starting out, have an intermittent practice or practice daily.

This event includes:

  • 20 min: Inspirational and educational talk on meditation

  • 20 min: Pranayama + Seated meditation practice

  • 30 min: Sound bath

$15 at the door (walk ins welcome)

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