April 8, 2017 – April 9, 2017
Stillness in Action
With Nikki Costello & Mark McLaughlin
Location: New York City
Level: Open (all students welcome)
Cost: $75 for a single session; $150 for the pair (10% off for Members & Teacher Trainees)
There is a still-point deep in the center of our being and if we allow ourselves to sink deeper and deeper into it through meditation, this still point will begin to impact our active engagement with the world. Like the hub of a wheel that remains motionless while its extremities are engaged in dynamic motion, we too can remain constantly anchored in this still-point while actively participating in the world around us. This practice allows us to cultivate contentment in the midst of fulfilling our daily responsibilities. The Vijnana Bhairava, a Kashmiri text that is more than 1200 years old, provides no less than 112 meditation techniques focused on absorbing oneself in this internal still-point. In this retreat, we will work with several of these techniques to develop a deep and steady practice of meditation that can serve to underpin and support us in our active lives. Through a sustained practice of meditation where we continually return again and again to the internal quietude, we cultivate the ability to stand in this stillness while remaining active in the world.
What we do shapes our reality ~ Neuroplasticity, Meditation, and Yoga Philosophy
- Saturday April 8th, 2:00-5:00pm
- Sunday, April 9th, 12:15-3:15pm
Mark McLaughlin is a visiting assistant professor of South Asian religions at the College of William and Mary. He holds a PhD in South Asian religions and Sanskrit from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his extensive field research and language study in India, Mark lived for 6 years in a monastic community studying meditation, yoga, and the nondual Kashmiri Śaiva and Vedāntic philosophical perspectives underpinning this tradition. He has over 20 years of meditation experience anchored in a deep and sustained engagement with nondual samādhi based meditation techniques that strongly influence and inform his approach to teaching and research.
Nikki Costello is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). For 23 years, her teaching has been influenced by annual trips to India including six visits to RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune), the study of philosophical and scriptural texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013, Nikki was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column” and in 2016 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America. Nikki is recognized as a thought leader in the global yoga community and shares her wisdom and expertise in yoga and meditation retreats around the world. When at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she teaches public classes at Kula Yoga and Yoga Shanti and maintains a well-established private practice in New York City, guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.