For yoga teachers and serious students, “Best Yoga on the Web” is your hand-picked guide to this week’s best of the best yoga from around the world. I didn’t plan it, but this week’s edition turned into a meditation spectacular!
Charlie Knoles of the Veda Center
I love discovering an instructor who is totally awesome. Charlie Knoles is really a special guy – started meditating at 4 years old, and great at demystifying meditation and making it accessible to the mainstream, which fits perfectly with the intent of Chris Brown Studios. This video via health simplified is low on production quality, but Charlie’s authenticity shines through, so please stick with it!
I realized recently some students hadn’t heard the audio version of Eckhart Tolle‘s The Power Of Now. Eckhart has been one of my teachers for over a decade, I’ve been to a bunch of his retreats and workshops, and he was instrumental in my awakening experience – he really is wonderful. This audio book is essential listening for all yoga teachers and serious students. You can get cd’s or the audible download here…
“Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
Tara is one of the first people I found who is trying to make meditation accessible to western audiences. Her new book is more direct in its purpose than some of her previous works, which is a good thing. Tara’s touch is always light and soft, making you feel as if everything is going to be all right. Which it is. This book is about the search for our safe place, our refuge – and of course that refuge is found within the self. I consider True Refuge one of the best books of 2013.
For many of us, S.N. Goenka, who recently passed on September 29,2913, was the father of modern meditation. Many well established meditation centers in the US were inspired by or were offshoots of his Vipassana Centers – for example, the founders of the popular Insight Meditation Center met at one of Goenka’s retreats back in 1971.
But Goenka’s methods are not for the faint of heart. This is not Tara Brach’s “touchy feely ease into it” meditation. If you want the cutting straight to the core, un-watered down, seriously real experience, Vipassana Meditation As Taught By S.N. Goenka may be exactly what you are looking for. This is serious meditation for serious teachers and serious students. Vipassana is a 10 day silent retreat. Every day starts at 4:00 am and includes 10 hours of meditation, video tape lectures by Goenka, and direct assistance by experienced practitioners. There are numerous Vipassana Centers and courses offered worldwide. Courses are donation based, making the practice accessible to all.
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