At Yoga Farm, we teach meditation for householders – people who live in the world, who have relationships, jobs, families, houses, todo lists.
Did you know that most of the world’s meditation styles were developed and taught in monastic traditions? Monks and nuns, bless them, have different goals and different lifestyles than householders.
Meditation can be a tremendous aid in your path to a life of joy and fulfillment, free of unnecessary worry, anxiety and stress.
Yet, if we are trying too hard to control our thinking, or sit up straight, or follow a breath or mantra, we will get frustrated and won’t realize the benefits of meditation.
(pro tip: meditation is NOT about stopping or even slowing down the thoughts)
You are unique. Your life experiences, your body and mind, your relationships, your loves, your desires, are unique. A being like you has never before existed.
Meditation is a bridge of experiences – linking your inner world and your outer world. Integrating all of you back into yourself. There are literally thousands of different kinds of meditative techniques. With just the right meditation approach and instruction,
your meditation will become effortless, a time to be with yourself, for healing, inspiration, integration, for rest.
Meditations can involve breath, sound, movement, touch, smell, taste. Meditation can be accessed indoors our outdoors. Standing up, lying down, or sitting in any position.
Meditations can be short or long. Meditation can feel wonderful, and it can feel turbulent at times – both are part of the process, and welcomed.
“WOW! I had no idea that meditation could be so wonderful! I always thought I wasn’t a good meditator because my mind wouldn’t shut off when I tried to meditate, but Christopher and Daniela dispelled ‘Meditation Myths’, and showed me a variety of meditation techniques to sample, and discover the ones that helped me to really feel the deep calm inside. I believe I can now go home and try this, because I can welcome all parts of myself when I meditate. Thank you, Yoga Farm!” — Samantha G., Syracuse
Meditation is a process in which all parts of you come to the surface to receive your generous, kind attention. Healing and integration happens when we embrace all of our experiences, learn from them, and integrate what we learn into our whole Self.
Whatever you welcome into your meditation, and offer your kind attention to, becomes transformed. This transformation ultimately leads to freedom from suffering, as we let go of anxiety and seriousness, ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldnts’, judgments and criticisms.
The supreme benefit of a private program, is that you will efficiently discover the optimal meditation technique that suits your constitution, temperament and your natural, unfiltered loves and joys.
The meeting times are scheduled to be convenient for you. The meditation instructions and techniques are gleaned from your own experience – what you already know about yourself that brings you joy and lightness. The coaching in our sessions will identify blocks or hindrances to meditation as they arise.
This course has many sessions together in 3 weeks – both in person and on facetime or phone. In the first week, we meet three times, usually on back-to-back days so that we can immediately discuss and tweak and tailor your meditation based on your experiences.
Just you will be in the classroom, with Christopher and/or Daniela, Directors of Yoga Farm and developers of this unique and effective learn-to-meditate program.
This course has 5 in-person sessions, three the first week, and one each in the two weeks that follow.
During the 21 day duration of the overall program, you will also have the option of a few daily phone / Facetime meditations (a 20-30 minute call) each week.
You will learn just the right meditation practice for you, involving senses, sounds, movements, locations, and durations that suit you.
There is no minimum time for the daily meditation, no requirements for location or position, no rules, no ‘shoulds’ or ‘shouldn’ts’.
Time: In-person sessions will be 60-90 minutes, meditation calls are 15-30 minutes.
Location: In-person sessions are at Yoga Farm, in our beautiful, studio that is conducive to meditation.
This program can start anytime! There is an application process and an in-person interview is required prior to acceptance.
Tuition: $475 (Space is limited, only one opening for two new students at this time) [Payment plans and work-study available – please inquire]
We offer optional complimentary sessions for those applying so that we can meet each other and you can experience our process and meditation styles.
To learn more or request an application, call/text Christopher: 607-280-2010 or email info@YogaFarm.us
Here is a quote that captures the essence of the meditation style we teach here:
“As I use the word, meditation… simply means being here, in stillness, without all the usual things that absorb the attention—simply being present and aware of what is, as it is—allowing it all to be as it is, without trying to manipulate or control it, without judging, labeling or telling stories about it. Not trying to get into any special state or accomplish anything; not trying to get rid of anything that shows up. And if controlling, judging, labeling, trying, resisting or story-telling happens, as it may, then it means simply seeing that clearly for what it is, feeling how that movement of thought shows up in the body as sensations, and allowing it all to reveal itself and fall away in its own time…
For moments at a time, whether that is a few seconds between clients, or an hour in the morning or before bed, or while riding the bus to work, or sitting in a waiting room—instead of being constantly busy with doing something, reading something, saying something, knitting something, consuming food or information, checking our phones, our email or our social media, or thinking about everything—meditation is simply being still. Being aware. Being present. Just being. Doing nothing at all…
Meditation is seeing and knowing the nature of reality directly, not as knowledge but as immediate experiencing and being. Then we’re not just picking up a belief or an idea that “There is no self” or that “I am infinite Consciousness,” but we are actually discovering and realizing (making real) all this for ourselves. We’re allowing it to permeate every fiber of our being, so that it becomes ever-more felt and embodied as our living reality. Experiences always come and go, so that doesn’t mean having some perpetual experience of bliss or oneness or thoughtless presence, or never again feeling tense or contracted or lost in thought. It simply means being awake Here-Now. Not as “me” becoming better and better, but as consciousness itself, awakening from its own dream.”
~ Joan Tollifson, TRUE MEDITATION: Realization Beyond Belief