Meditation.  An Exploration of our Consciousness

Fri 12 & Sat 13 October  |  Course Outline  |  Book Here  |  Suitable for beginners

Modern life in the Western world often feels like a relentless hamster-wheel of demands, obligations and deadlines.  So used to the chronic stress we are under, we often aren’t even aware of it.  The demands of life result in unhappiness, anxiety, depression and exhaustion.  It doesn’t have to be like this.

Join teacher and experienced practitioner of Yoga & Meditation, Andreas Bothner, to break the cycle of anxiety, stress and exhaustion.  Learn a set of simple and powerful mindfulness and meditation practices to lead a genuinely happier life.

Understand the intricacies of calm abiding meditation.  Leave these workshops feeling confident meditating by yourself.  Suitable for beginners or regular meditation practitioners.

When:  Friday 12 & Saturday 13 October, 2018

Time:
12 Oct 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
13 Oct 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
13 Oct 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Cost: Donation-based, with suggested donation of
ZAR 150 per session OR ZAR 400 for all three
Where: ReUnion Yoga & Meditation, Woodstock

This course comprises three sessions.  Attend as many as you wish.  The sessions work progressively from one to the next.  Each session includes only a short meditation.  The sessions include clear instruction on how to meditate, what to meditate on and understanding the kind of deep calm that abiding meditation brings, with a strong influence from Buddhist traditions.

The course covers:

  • Understanding what exactly is citta – mind (pronounced chitta) according to the Eastern philosophy
  • The contemporary mindfulness movement
  • Explanation of calm abiding meditation from a secular perspective
  • Meditation postures
  • What is the context of meditation in yogic and tantric presentations
  • Traditional classification of meditation techniques
  • What are the qualities we cultivate in calm abiding meditation
  • Obstacles of calm abiding meditation
  • Anti-dotes to those obstacles and techniques to help you
  • How to progress and how to measure your progress
  • What are the consequences of meditating incorrectly
  • Tips on how to continue meditating by yourself after the workshop

Andreas Bothner

Andreas has been studying and teaching yoga and meditation internationally for over 19 years. He has spent considerable time in India and Nepal, studying Yoga, Sanskrit, Vedanta and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  Whilst there he lived at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu for a few months where he completed a 3-month silent retreat. 

He has recently returned from Australia where he spent a year undertaking full-time studies in Buddhist philosophy and meditation while living in a monastic community. He currently completing a 5 year course in Buddhist Philosophy.

Andreas has studied the deeper aspects of yoga asana, Ayruveda and Indian Mythology from his teachers: Sri K. Patthabi Jois, Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami, the longest student of Sri Krishnamacharya, as well as Shimon Ben-Avi, Simon Borg-Oliver and Bianca Machliss.

“It was very difficult for me to get into meditation, as I constantly doubted whether I was doing it properly.  I was very fortunate to have the opportunities of studying in India and Nepal, having amazing teachers and have experienced overcoming serious obstacles in my life that caused me a great deal of mental anguish.  My intention is to share what I have learnt and to help others overcome any doubt in the practice and I hope I can inspire others.”

Don’t miss the chance to attend these workshops with a humble and knowledgeable teacher.