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Meditation at the Gym?

Jul 27, 2014   //   Blog, Meditation  //  Comments Off on Meditation at the Gym?

meditationAbsolutely yes! It is finally time to break through old assumption about mediation being reserved for monks, nuns and “spiritual” people confined to monasteries, ashrams or meditation centers.

Meditation is a practice open to anyone interested in receiving its numerous benefits from spiritual exploration and opening (the actual origins and intent of the practice), to the currently more widely recognized benefits such as stress reduction and improved relaxation.

Science & Meditation

Due to scientifically measurable changes in biological, neurological and physiological functions, meditation is receiving long overdue credit as an essential element for achieving and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Some of the major benefits of mediation include lowering blood pressure, stress responses, reactivity, anxiety and cholesterol levels.

On the other hand, mediation increases immune function, metabolic efficiency, sleep cycle and relaxation, cardio vascular health, memory, creativity, cognitive abilities, calmness and general quality of life. Additionally, longtime meditators have been found to have greater development and function of the pre-frontal cortex, the anterior part of the brain related to decision-making.

For us at In Forma, the recognition of meditation as a fundamental aspect of wellbeing has been an essential element of our integral approach to health and fitness since the very beginning. Over the years, different types of meditative approaches to health have been introduced by some our instructors in yoga, integral fitness and Pilates classes. However, since the beginning of the year, we have taken an even more progressive approach and introduced a “stand alone” meditation class.

Monday Meditations

Under the care of Andrea Colombu, In Forma owner and longtime mediator and teacher, In Forma now offers a meditation class every Monday night from 7:00 – 8:15. Living Radiance: Meditation for Wellness and Inner Peace focuses primarily on the introduction and use of Mindfulness Meditation but also draws from Andrea’s wide experience in other meditative practices like Zen and Dzogchen.

The class is open to anyone, from beginners to more experienced mediators, and extends from the very basics of meditation practice to more elaborate nuance.

The class is also innovatively offered on a donation basis, or dana (pronounced “dah-na”, a Pali word meaning generosity). Generosity is an important aspect of meditation practice as it reveals the interrelationship between teacher and students and allows them to generously offer to each other the priceless value of the practice.

Please join us on Monday nights whether you are interested in beginning a meditation practice or are already a meditator looking for a group or a way to continue expanding and nourishing your practice, all are welcome!

Body Rolling, Meditation Workshops and Unlimited TRX

Mar 30, 2014   //   Workshops  //  Comments Off on Body Rolling, Meditation Workshops and Unlimited TRX

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Improve with “inform

As mentioned in our newsletters, we have been working on offering  NEW services to you, our valued members. This month, we are pleased to officially launch inform. Through inform, we’ll be offering free educational workshops for you, and your friends, on topics related to health and fitness. These workshops promote and support a healthy, balanced and fulfilling lifestyle, in keeping with our integral approach to fitness.

This month we are the inform session is:

Body Rolling Workshop
with Amir Wasserman, a certified Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor and Practitioner.
Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 – 11:15
Free for members, guests $15

This truly effective bodywork is designed to deliver great soft tissue release similar to deep tissue massage, improved range of motion, flexibility and posture through the opening and release of tight muscles, tendons and joint function, all with the use of therapeutic balls and the multi disciplinary experience of Amir, who has been crafting this practice for over two decades.

Join us for what is promised to be a great educational and experience!

Unlimited TRX Classes

TRX is now included in our monthly unlimited membership benefits. Come and take as many TRX classes as you want with our talented and very experienced TRX Certified Instructor Barry Schneider.

Find Inner Peace and Wellness with Meditation

This innovative and insightful class is designed to help integrate the numerous health benefits of meditation into our daily lives to improve and support inner peace and wellbeing.

Living Radiance
A Meditation Class for Wellness and Inner Peace
Monday Evenings 7:00 – 8:00
with Andrea Colombu.

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Meditation, and especially Mindfulness Meditation, has been scientifically proven to provide a wide variety of health benefits to both mind and body – benefits that expand from stress reduction to increased immune responses, from memory and concentration improvement to better metabolic functioning. Body and mind (not to mention spirit) are greatly impacted by this ancient practice now available to everyone.

Meditation is an integral part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle and of our INTEGRAL approach to health and fitness here at In Forma.

Please join us as of Monday evenings on a journey toward inner peace and wellness guaranteed to help create and support balance and harmony in our lives.

  • The class is open to anyone, membership not required.
  • No experience necessary
  • Donation Based

For those of you who are familiar with meditation and would like to sit on a cushion, feel free to bring yours. Here we’ll have both chairs and blankets for your comfort.

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