The Shape of Awake: A Posture Clinic for Meditators, with Hope Martin

Northeast USA  

April 13, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state. —Suzuki Roshi

Are you uncomfortable or in pain when you meditate? Is it hard to sit for long periods of time? Do you ever feel that maintaining an upright posture during meditation requires a great deal of effort? Do you experience tension that seems stuck in various parts of your body? Do you wish to deepen your sense of relaxation and ease in meditation and in life? This class will provide practical guidance on how to be upright, supported and relaxed on and off your cushion and in your life. Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it’s a perfect expression of the practice itself.

Hope will offer both verbal and hands-on instruction to gently guide each student to a new internal awareness of his or her most natural posture. She’ll also give instruction on basic body mechanics and experiential anatomy and alignment to help release unnecessary tension in your meditation sessions. Through the Alexander Technique’s subtle adjustments to the relationship between the head, neck, and back, you’ll learn to access effortless, balanced posture and self-adjust, whether you’re on the cushion or at work in front of the computer. Come discover the direct relationship between how you are in your body and the quality of your practice.

About the Instructor: Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for more than twenty-five years in the US and abroad. She maintains a lively private practice, is a Senior Faculty member training teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. Hope is a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing Trainer.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:

The Shape of Awake, with Hope Martin

Zen Center of New York City

500 State Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 875-8229 •