Another weekend of spiritual events around Birmingham—for free!
In addition to the already stellar line up of teachers and classes at the area yoga studios, this weekend promises a couple of extra events: at no charge!
First of all, Friday, August 26 from 5:45-7:45 a.m. there is the morning meditation with Kerry at Birmingham Yoga (inside First Avenue Rocks Climbing gym). This is Sadhana practice, which is best done during the early morning hours. What makes this practice special is that it is in celebration of Yogi Bhagan’s birthday. He was the first to bring Kundalini Yoga to the west in the turbulent 60s. If you don’t know what Kundalini is, refer back to older posts or look it up on the Internet (www.YogiBhajan.com www.3HO.com www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org ). You do not need to be a member to practice; and all Sadhana classes are by donation only. If you decide to come, expect a kundalini set followed by one hour of chanting meditation.
The next exciting and free non-mainstream spiritual and physical event will be at the fancy new Lululemon store at the Summit. Shannon from The Yoga Circle will lead this one. This is set to go from 9-10 a.m., and is open to anyone. So if you are new to yoga, intrigued about what it might have to offer you, an old downward-facing dog at yoga, or just between studios right now, come on down to the Summit for this free class!
And lastly for the freebies of the weekend: Have you heard of Med-Mob? I am certain you have heard of the bad sorts of “mobs” going on out there, organized on social media sites to create chaos and havoc. Well, this is pretty much the opposite. It’s organized through social media, but it’s a gathering of meditators. The idea is to come out of the proverbial closet and show the world that meditation happens, that it’s not cult-ish, and that it has amazing benefits. This month’s Med-Mob will take place at Linn Park, from 5-6 on Sunday, August 28. If you want to know more about Birmingham’s MedMob, see www.MedMob.org. (By the way, this is an international gathering of meditators with a growing number of cities participating. It is held once a month, in a public place. No moneys are exchanged, and there are some awesome clips on the site for you to see this Meditation in Action event!)
You can read more about the benefits of meditation online at sites like http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070 (Mayo Clinic). You can also visit Deb Paradise’s Sum Faht classes (see earlier post) on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings; The Yoga Circle on Wednesday evenings; any of the Kundalini classes around town have an element of meditation; or the classes and workshops often provided in our area. There are plenty of great videos on YouTube with timers or mantras if you need any additional help.
I highly recommend your looking up this stuff, and getting involved! Most of these folks are on Facebook, and would welcome any questions or comments you have.
Hope to see you there!