The Shape of Awake
with Hope Martin
December 3, 2022
To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have
this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to
attain some special state. —Suzuki Roshi
Are you uncomfortable or in pain when you meditate? Is it challenging to sit for
long periods of time? Or is it just hard to stay present? Discover how being fully
present and at ease in your body transforms your practice and your life!
Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it’s a perfect expression of meditation
itself. In this day-long workshop, Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander
Technique, will help you discover ease and non-striving in meditation and other
activities. Her hands-on work makes subtle adjustments to the head, neck and
back to access effortless, balanced posture — both light and grounded.
The process teaches awareness of habits that result in pain, fixed posture
and mind-set, and shows us how to shift to a more open, balanced way of being
that is our birthright. It’s not about improving or getting away from anything.
Rather, by learning about and honoring the many moments of response that are
our habits, we become actively engaged in the process of befriending ourselves.
The workshop includes instruction on basic body mechanics and alignment,
experiential exercises and hands-on from the instructor to help improve your
posture and release unnecessary tension in your meditation practice and in your
life. New and experienced meditators are welcome.
You must be fully vaccinated and masked to participate in this event.
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 33 years and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a Senior Teacher who trained Alexander teachers for 25 years at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. She is also a Meditation Instructor and a Focusing trainer. Hope is a close student of Ani Pema Chodron and has been her cook and attendant for 25 years. Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. hopemartinstudio.com
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