Friday, Sep 19, 2014, 4:00 PM
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014, 4:00 PM (All times are local to the event.)
Each day, human beings are bombarded by massive amounts of stimuli which overtaxes the nervous system causing a stress response in the physical body. The build up of stress in the body can cause anxiety, depression and various physical illnesses. The good news is that the regular practice of meditation and other mindful practices can stop and even reverse the negative affects of stress in the body and mind. Learning how to meditate and how to maintain a regular practice is one of the most beneficial things that can be done for holistic health. Over the course the three-day workshop, Swami Nityamuktananda will introduce various contemplative practices and techniques designed to bring the mind to a state of stillness.
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati (Dr. Christa-Maria Herrmann), German by birth, naturalized British, originally studied Theology. Her university studies soon expanded to Education, Psychology, Philosophy and Art and Design (Ceramics). Different teaching jobs (in colleges and universities) in various countries followed. At the centre of her studies (as well as her teaching) was always the subject of 'Self-awareness'. Extensive travel and life in Asia (Australia and America) awakened her interest in Eastern Philosophy (Taoism and Zen) and led to the Zen-arts of Raku (as a potter she exhibited worldwide) and Shiatsu (one of several complementary medicines she studied and practiced). Deep involvement in Meditation, the practice of Sattipahana (mindfulness) and Ngal So and other Tibetan Buddhist practices finally led her to Yoga and Vedanta. She took samnyasa (becoming a yogic monk) in 2003 from Swami Anubhavananda and confirmed her vows in the traditional Vedic ceremony with Swami Veda Bharati in the Himalayan Tradition in 2007.