Concentration is Key

Concentration is Key
Time: 7:30pm
Price: $15-$20 suggested donation for drop-ins

By integrating insights and practices from Buddhist mindfulness meditation and the evolving fields of yoga, neuroscience, western psychology, and addiction theory, Blake responsibly and empathetically guides beginning and intermediate meditators into profoundly liberating encounters with even the most difficult dimensions of their experience. He offers tried and true methods for regulating interior states, with these ultimate goals:

1. Learn to inhabit the present moment in an increasingly rich, embodied way.

2. Unwind your most deeply held emotions and trauma.

3. Gain liberating insight into the maddening thinking mind.

4. Learn to generate high states of kindness, compassion, and joy that will provide you with an alternative strategy for regulating your emotional states. 

Bio

After years as a sometimes focused, sometimes hard-partying Hollywood actor, I decided to plunge into serious yoga and meditation practice.

I had always wanted to undertake such a journey, had read a thousand books about it and could think of nothing more meaningful, but it had always seemed somehow beyond my grasp. Call it low self-esteem left over from a rocky childhood. And so it was a profound overcoming when I finally pushed through my fear, and began.

In yoga, I trained extensively with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker in their science and psychology-informed Awakened Heart Embodied Mind training, and with Saul David Raye in his devotional Atma Yoga style.

I also trained in the vipassana meditation tradition for ten years with senior Buddhist teachers including Shinzen Young, George Haas, and Jack Kornfield, attending over twenty-five silent residential retreats in that time. I mentored closely with Dharma maverick and recognized attachment theory expert George Haas, and was honored to teach alongside him before striking out on my own.

By now I have been teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga in Los Angeles for eight years. I believe passionately in the transformative power of these modalities, and especially in their contemporary intersection with neuroscience and psychology. 

And finally, as a longtime poet, musician, playwright and actor, I remain fiercely devoted both to creativity as a spiritual path, and conversely, to exploring the ways spirituality enlivens the creative domain.
 
To learn more about Blake, visit www.veniceyogi.com.


WHEN
February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
WHERE
Inner Way LA
6512 Arizona Ave
Playa Vista, CA 90045
United States
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  • Andrew Berezin
    published this page in Calendar 2020-02-17 11:28:52 -0800