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

Northeast USA  

April 19, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

hope martinBDZen 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? Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape — it’s a perfect expression of the practice itself.

On the evening of April 18, Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will give a public lecture in which she will introduce how to be upright, supported, and relaxed on and off your cushion. Then on April 19, join us for an all-day clinic in which Hope will offer both verbal and hands-on instruction to gently guide you to a new internal awareness of a more natural posture. Included will be instruction on basic body mechanics, experiential anatomy, and alignment to help release unnecessary tension in your meditation sessions and in your life. Through Hope’s hands-on work, making subtle adjustments to the relationship between the head, neck, and back, you’ll learn to access effortless, balanced posture — light and grounded — 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 25 years in the United States 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. www.hopemartinstudio.com.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

Join Hope Martin for a public talk at the Temple on Friday, April 18 at 7 pm.

For more information, or to register:
The Shape of Awake: A Posture Clinic for Meditators, with Hope Martin
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 • zcnyc@mro.org
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