Every Monday23

May

New Year Refresh – Practical Zen Meditation Course

  • Zoom
  • Every Monday - 08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Rough-Year.jpg

About New Year Refresh – Practical Zen Meditation Course

Build A Healthy Meditation Habit...

We've all had a tough year, so how about starting a healthy Zen habit for a happier, more creative, less stressed 2021? Learn tried and tested meditation techniques live online with me, Jon Murphy over 10 mindful weeks.

Not sure if meditation is for you? Try the first session for free!

My ZenYo meditation classes are small and content has been very carefully created through 400 hours of intensive training with Zenways in the UK.Zenways Training is accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. The course is part of an Oxford University research project and recognised by the Independent Yoga Network and the College of Mindful Clinicians. It's suitable for beginners and those wanting to solidify a practice.

Each Monday night online class is 90 minutes long, including 30 mins guided meditation. Log-in with a laptop, tablet or phone - no additional software is required. Students then commit to a further 25 minutes practice each day using recordings provided. Techniques build and develop each week to give you a background in Zen.

Techniques:

Body scans
Counting & following breath
Walking meditation
Hara breathing
Mini-meditations
Mindfulness
Open presence

Topics:

The science of building healthy habits
Types of meditation/mindfulness and their benefits
Understanding and handling stressors and stress
Meditation to deal with physical & emotional pain
How to enter Flow States & use time effectively
Remaining in the moment & accepting change
Improving relationships, empathy & gratitude
Elevated functioning

What is Zen?

Zen is a Japanese word that simply means meditation. It's a translation of the Chinese word Chan, which comes from a meeting of Buddhism and Taoism in China around 500AD. As a result of this integration, Zen highlights certain teachings such as practical applications of meditation, non-duality and the paradoxes of life. There are various types or levels of Zen that can be practised for different reasons or results, from health and wellbeing to enlightenment and awakening. There are two main schools of Zen called Rinzai and Soto, which also emphasise different techniques and teachings such as the use of Koans, or logical questions, and understanding of what enlightenment actually is.

Is Zen Religious?

Practising Zen requires no religious beliefs. It is perhaps easiest to think of Zen as a practical framework for investigating life. In fact, people from many different faiths practise Zen in order to deepen their understanding of their own beliefs and most religions also have their own forms of contemplative inquiry. Some of the techniques are strikingly similar, for example John of the Cross wrote of a method he used for divine union which is identical to one used in Zen. In short, whatever your religious beliefs, Zen can work with you and for you.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental exercise to train certain characteristics such as focus and awareness and ultimately give us more insight into life. It's a catch-all term that's used to describe a multitude of different techniques used by a variety of traditions. It's also a feature of most religions, although it doesn't require the belief in a god or gods. Essentially meditation can be broken down into two types: concentration, which focuses on a single point and blocks everything else out; and insight, which uses a wider, open awareness to examine everything that arises and then let it go. The immediate effects of both are similar, but insight meditation is being shown to lead to more permanent improvements which seep into everyday life. It’s worth noting that meditation isn’t the same as feeling relaxed, although sometimes it does have that effect.

Why Meditate?

Would you like to feel less stressed, be happier with how things are, feel more joy and love and connection and be less thrown around by life events? Would you like to be more creative, pay closer attention to what's unfolding and be able to focus more directly on whatever you’re doing? Would you like to dramatically reduce your biological age and perhaps even extend your life? Would you like to add life to your years and experience more of the time you have? If the answer is yes, you should try meditation. Over a relatively short period of regular practice - research is showing as little as 8 weeks - you'll start to notice all these benefits. In the long run, these benefits will become permanent shifts to your life.

What's The Science?

With the introduction of brain scanning techniques, neuroscience is now confirming what happens during meditation and research is uncovering compelling reasons to commit. Essentially meditation taps into the autonomic nervous system, moving from fight or flight alertness into rest and digest functioning. This balances the endocrine system, with stress related hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline subdued, whilst 'feel good' hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin increased. Meanwhile the brain's Default Mode Network becomes less active, which results in spending less time wishing things were different and instead opening up to sensory input, which generates feelings of connection and equanimity.

Why Take This Course?

Although meditation is being shown to have all kinds of wonderful benefits, people find it difficult to get started and even more difficult to make it a habit. Research is showing the longer we continue to practice, the deeper and more long lasting are the results. The course is designed to introduce you to the principles of Zen and the some of the meditation techniques that can be used, but it’s also set up to help make the practice a habit.

How Does It Work?

We start with a gentle introduction to the course and the first meditation technique. You’ll then practice a short version during the following week to get you started. The course then runs for a further 9 weeks, during which you commit to practising on a daily basis for 25 minutes a day. Each weekly session last for around 1 ½ hours. The first hour is a teaching section. The last 30 minutes is a guided meditation. There’s plenty of opportunity to discuss any issues that might arise or get deeper into particular topics.

Course Details:

Duration: 10 weeks
Time: Mondays 8-9:30pm
Start Date: 4th January 2020
Location: Online via Zoom

Access to guided meditation recordings, class presentations and catch-up videos are all provided in the cost of just £180 for the entire 10 week course. There's nothing else to pay.You'll also be invited to join our ZenYo Sangha, where you can continue to develop your meditation practice and get help and advice.

FAQs

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email jon@zenyo.co.uk for more info

Other events by ZenYo

Every Monday23

May

New Year Refresh – Practical Zen Meditation Course

  • Zoom
  • Every Monday - 08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Rough-Year.jpg

About New Year Refresh – Practical Zen Meditation Course

Build A Healthy Meditation Habit...

We've all had a tough year, so how about starting a healthy Zen habit for a happier, more creative, less stressed 2021? Learn tried and tested meditation techniques live online with me, Jon Murphy over 10 mindful weeks.

Not sure if meditation is for you? Try the first session for free!

My ZenYo meditation classes are small and content has been very carefully created through 400 hours of intensive training with Zenways in the UK.Zenways Training is accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. The course is part of an Oxford University research project and recognised by the Independent Yoga Network and the College of Mindful Clinicians. It's suitable for beginners and those wanting to solidify a practice.

Each Monday night online class is 90 minutes long, including 30 mins guided meditation. Log-in with a laptop, tablet or phone - no additional software is required. Students then commit to a further 25 minutes practice each day using recordings provided. Techniques build and develop each week to give you a background in Zen.

Techniques:

Body scans
Counting & following breath
Walking meditation
Hara breathing
Mini-meditations
Mindfulness
Open presence

Topics:

The science of building healthy habits
Types of meditation/mindfulness and their benefits
Understanding and handling stressors and stress
Meditation to deal with physical & emotional pain
How to enter Flow States & use time effectively
Remaining in the moment & accepting change
Improving relationships, empathy & gratitude
Elevated functioning

What is Zen?

Zen is a Japanese word that simply means meditation. It's a translation of the Chinese word Chan, which comes from a meeting of Buddhism and Taoism in China around 500AD. As a result of this integration, Zen highlights certain teachings such as practical applications of meditation, non-duality and the paradoxes of life. There are various types or levels of Zen that can be practised for different reasons or results, from health and wellbeing to enlightenment and awakening. There are two main schools of Zen called Rinzai and Soto, which also emphasise different techniques and teachings such as the use of Koans, or logical questions, and understanding of what enlightenment actually is.

Is Zen Religious?

Practising Zen requires no religious beliefs. It is perhaps easiest to think of Zen as a practical framework for investigating life. In fact, people from many different faiths practise Zen in order to deepen their understanding of their own beliefs and most religions also have their own forms of contemplative inquiry. Some of the techniques are strikingly similar, for example John of the Cross wrote of a method he used for divine union which is identical to one used in Zen. In short, whatever your religious beliefs, Zen can work with you and for you.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental exercise to train certain characteristics such as focus and awareness and ultimately give us more insight into life. It's a catch-all term that's used to describe a multitude of different techniques used by a variety of traditions. It's also a feature of most religions, although it doesn't require the belief in a god or gods. Essentially meditation can be broken down into two types: concentration, which focuses on a single point and blocks everything else out; and insight, which uses a wider, open awareness to examine everything that arises and then let it go. The immediate effects of both are similar, but insight meditation is being shown to lead to more permanent improvements which seep into everyday life. It’s worth noting that meditation isn’t the same as feeling relaxed, although sometimes it does have that effect.

Why Meditate?

Would you like to feel less stressed, be happier with how things are, feel more joy and love and connection and be less thrown around by life events? Would you like to be more creative, pay closer attention to what's unfolding and be able to focus more directly on whatever you’re doing? Would you like to dramatically reduce your biological age and perhaps even extend your life? Would you like to add life to your years and experience more of the time you have? If the answer is yes, you should try meditation. Over a relatively short period of regular practice - research is showing as little as 8 weeks - you'll start to notice all these benefits. In the long run, these benefits will become permanent shifts to your life.

What's The Science?

With the introduction of brain scanning techniques, neuroscience is now confirming what happens during meditation and research is uncovering compelling reasons to commit. Essentially meditation taps into the autonomic nervous system, moving from fight or flight alertness into rest and digest functioning. This balances the endocrine system, with stress related hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline subdued, whilst 'feel good' hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin increased. Meanwhile the brain's Default Mode Network becomes less active, which results in spending less time wishing things were different and instead opening up to sensory input, which generates feelings of connection and equanimity.

Why Take This Course?

Although meditation is being shown to have all kinds of wonderful benefits, people find it difficult to get started and even more difficult to make it a habit. Research is showing the longer we continue to practice, the deeper and more long lasting are the results. The course is designed to introduce you to the principles of Zen and the some of the meditation techniques that can be used, but it’s also set up to help make the practice a habit.

How Does It Work?

We start with a gentle introduction to the course and the first meditation technique. You’ll then practice a short version during the following week to get you started. The course then runs for a further 9 weeks, during which you commit to practising on a daily basis for 25 minutes a day. Each weekly session last for around 1 ½ hours. The first hour is a teaching section. The last 30 minutes is a guided meditation. There’s plenty of opportunity to discuss any issues that might arise or get deeper into particular topics.

Course Details:

Duration: 10 weeks
Time: Mondays 8-9:30pm
Start Date: 4th January 2020
Location: Online via Zoom

Access to guided meditation recordings, class presentations and catch-up videos are all provided in the cost of just £180 for the entire 10 week course. There's nothing else to pay.You'll also be invited to join our ZenYo Sangha, where you can continue to develop your meditation practice and get help and advice.

FAQs

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email jon@zenyo.co.uk for more info

Other events by ZenYo