Meditation and the Mind – Part 2

In the first part of this article we discussed the four aspects of the mind and the importance of managing these aspects. We also talked a little about breath awareness as a tool for preparing the mind for meditation. Now let’s talk further about the breath and describe the foundation for all yogic breathing practices. The Yogis approached spirituality as …

Vedanta

The term Vedanta literally means “the end” of the Vedas (or sometimes referred to as “the cream” of the Vedas). The Vedas are the ancient sacred text of India. The term Veda means wisdom or knowledge. The Vedanta is comprised of specific texts referred to as the Upanishads. The Upanishads are considered “revealed” text, which are concerned with the knowledge of …

Yoga

Yoga means “union” or “yoke” in Sanskrit. It is the unity of the body, breath and mind and ultimately the spirit with the divine. Yoga can be practiced anywhere and by anyone. As one begins the hatha yoga journey he or she can hope to find improved posture, joint flexibility, strength, improved balance, improved concentration and better emotional balance. We …

Meditation

Meditation is the central practice of Yoga. In the Raja Yoga system codified by Sri Patanjali, meditation is the seventh rung on the ladder to self realization, preceded by withdrawal of the senses and concentration. Meditation leads to Samadhi – levels of enlightenment. On a practical level, meditation helps us organize our mind and emotions. It leads to greater self …

Classes & Workshops

Asheville Meditation Center – Meditation/Satsang (w/Pandit Jerome) Please join us for a weekly meditation (Satsang) at Om Sanctuary. This hour long session will include guided relaxation, seated meditation, and time for questions or discussion. Beginners are welcome, along with experienced practitioners who wish to meditate in a group setting. Please wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring your own …

Weekly Saturday Meditation

Please join us for a weekly meditation (Satsang) at Om Sanctuary. This hour long session will include guided relaxation, seated meditation, and time for questions or discussion. Beginners are welcome, along with experienced practitioners who wish to meditate in a group setting. Please wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring your own mat and meditation cushion. There will be …

The Quiet Mind – Meditation Series

The art and science of meditation has been practiced for centuries by spiritual seekers. In our modern society we have a unique environment in which to navigate. Our minds are conditioned to handle large and consistent amounts of information and stimulation. The question becomes how do we still our minds in order to experience the inner peace and connection gained …

Teaching the Himalayan Tradition

The Himalayan Tradition is an unbroken lineage that dates back over 5000 years. The saints and sages of the Himalayan Tradition dwelled mostly in the caves and monastaries of the Himalayan mountain ranges in northern India. The teachings of the tradition were preserved and passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken succession. The Himalayan Tradition has it’s roots …

Karen Koffler, M.D.

Most of us have moments where our thinking becomes small and we act out of fear. In medicine, we call this anxiety. What we need in those moments is not necessarily medications (or other self-soothing gimmicks like alcohol, food or cigarettes). What we need is a voice reminding us of our greater capacity. Jerome is that voice. In his gentle …

Charlotte Barbagallo

I had the opportunity to work with Jerome during my Wellness Retreat at Om Sanctuary and he has been a true life changer for me. I have tried meditation off and on for several years but he explained things in such a way that I see it as a whole new way of life now. I am so grateful for …