just this

just this……in all its simplicity……welcoming what is here already……
not coming……not going……obscured even by seeking……

So we meet in the paradox of apparent teachings, retreats, trainings or gatherings, to celebrate and explore this nameless presence that we are. At first, there is the tendency to accentuate the myriad of practices the yoga tradition has developed, to focus on concepts like nondual, true nature, awareness, self-inquiry or other-inquiry.

But all this activity eventually leads us to a giving up. And in this surrender what is revealed is seen to be what has always been here, before the search began, during its full intensity and after its cessation. The task turns out to be ceding to stillness, and in that stillness the recognition of just this.

Falling back and resting in what is so familiar that it has been overlooked during all the body sensing yoga, during all the pranayama, all the yoga nidra and amidst all the dialogues, amidst life itself, we find our self simply sinking back into just this.

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the recognition of our own heart

In this interpretive translation of and commentary on the Pratyabhijñāhṛdayam, one of the foundational texts of Kashmiri Shaivism, Joan Ruvinsky conveys the richness and incandescence so characteristic of the lineage without losing sight of the last 400 years of philosophical inquiry, spiritual revelation, and scholarship. Part poetry, part guidebook, part art, The Recognition of Our Own Heart invites you into discovery of the unknown — living directly, moment to moment, in the mystery.

meditative yoga

pathless yoga / body sensing / kashmir yoga
Call it what you will. It is a nondual approach to yoga offering quiet, gentle, non-volitional movement as a gateway to our inherent spaciousness.

yoga nidra

A simple, body-centered meditative technique practiced while resting comfortably, inviting inquiry into to one’s true nature.

autumn class schedule : sept 13-nov 15

monday: 
6-7 pmmeditative yoga* 
7:30 – 8:30  pmyoga nidra
  
wednesday: 
1:30 – 2:30 pmyoga nidra
  
  
thursday 
8 – 8:45 amopen sitting*
  

Autumn Session: Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons.
September 13-November 15.

$150/10-week session
$20/class  – drop-in
*class will not be offered this session

Classes are offered via Zoom with limited space available at the yoga studio in Montreal.

Classes begin with a 15-minute discussion. The topics  brought forward are then interwoven into the practice. Classes end with 30 minutes of optional community time

TuesdaysMay 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 18, 25
Meditative Yoga6:30 – 7:30 PM
Yoga Nidra7:45 – 8:45 PM
WednesdayMay 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 18, 25
Meditative Yoga6:30 – 7:30 PM
Yoga Nidra7:45 – 8:45 PM

meditation practices

yoga nidra: a body inquiry

A 40-minute practice centered on exploring subtler and subtler layers of sensation in the body. It includes an investigation of a contrasting pair, one that

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yoga nidra: kindness

We approach the practice with an attitude of kindness while we explore the feeling of this “I” who grasps hold of sensations, emotions and thoughts,

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yoga nidra: meeting the moment

The rich interchange of our virtual sangha that preceded this practice included the sharing of anxiety, “awfulizing”, wanting to cry, “whiny complaints”, disappointment, exhaustion, inherited

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yoga nidra: last practice?

Entering into our time of meditation contemplating the question, “What if this were the last opportunity to practice?,” we sense all that is present in

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upcoming events

living the pratyabhijñāhṛdayam : a virtual study group

2021 Study group registration is closed. Waiting list only.

"Both personal and non-personal, both immanent and transcendent, both universal and particular, The Heart of Being is none other than Our Own. And it is this identity that the Pratyabhijñāhṛdayam invites us to recognize as we move toward living the text." - Joan Ruvinsky, The Recognition of Our Own Heart," p. 15-16

listening: 36 hours of silent retreat

Next retreat will be offered in summer 2021.
Unplug, practice and connect through shared silence and presence.
Open to anyone wishing to deepen their meditative practice in community.

nurturing the sacred feminine: 3-day retreat for women


Co-led with Naki (Kim) James. Details forthcoming!

deconstructing iRest webinar

The date has passed. Thanks to everyone who attended!
The video is available for purchase. To learn more or to buy it, click the “more information” button.
A fun, informative, and interactive community hour. Using the 10-Step iRest Yoga Nidra Protocol as a framework, Kathleen analyzes the structure, pace, components, and language of one of her iRest practices, discussing the rationale for each of the various elements included and, in particular, offering a methodology for investigating a series of beliefs during an iRest group practice.

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