Gateways to Meditation:
Exploring Six Concentration Practices
For beginners. Experienced practitioners welcome.
Sign up for the full six-session video series for the best experience (access all videos in the series for six months). Renting videos of single sessions is also an option (access is one week per video).
“The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness….” Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
A time-honored method of revealing and working with the machinations of the mind, the regular practice of meditation can lead to better focus, greater harmony in relationships, and ultimately, experiencing what we are beneath all the stories we create.
There are many kinds of meditation, but most begin with concentration practices that can still the mind so that its patterns are exposed. In turn, there are many concentration practices. Each leads to the same end, but some work better than others for different individuals. Many meditation masters, including Swami Kripalu for whom Kripalu Center is named, recommend exploring several kinds to see which one works best for you.
In these six previously-recorded sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice major concentration practices to see which one (or ones) resonate with your personality (session descriptions below.)
Whether you are brand new to meditation or would simply like to expand the methods you are using, these classes can be helpful for you. In the end you’ll find your unique method of stilling your busy mind and be able to take the practice as far as you wish.
Bhavani recommends that you schedule a regular day/time to watch one video each week and plan to set aside 10 or 20 minutes each day to practice what was presented. Handouts accompany a couple of the videos.
Each live session began and ended with Q&A time. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions that are not addressed.
At the end of the series, you’ll be ready to choose which concentration technique you’d like to pursue as your gateway to a true meditation practice.
The six sessions are cumulative, so signing up for the complete course is best. You can take the time you need to practice each method on your own before learning the next one (you will have access to all videos for six months).
$120 for the video series (six months of access) or $25 / session for single videos (one week of access for each video)
Bhavani Lorraine Nelson has been teaching meditation for decades and is beloved for her beautiful voice, depth of insight, story telling and humor. She makes spiritual practice particularly accessible to beginners.
Anapana sati: concentrating on the movement of the breath going into and out of the body. This is the ancient practice most people think of when they hear the word meditation.
Walking meditation: concentrating on the feet and the process of walking. We’ll also look at specific yogic breaths that can assist concentration.
The body scan: concentrating on sensation as you are guided through the parts of the body.
Loving Kindness meditation: concentrating on the repetition of Loving Kindness phrases of your choosing.
Mantra meditation: concentration on the repetition of Sanskrit phrases that carry specific vibrational qualities.
Chanting as meditation: concentrating on the repetition of sung phrases in Sanskrit.