VIDEO: Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation

Watch the Video Series on Conscious 2 In this hour long course, meditation teacher Darren Main shares how to set up and engage a regular seated meditation practice. Using relatable analogies and personal stories, he artfully explains why it is so important to include this ancient practice in a modern lifestyle. If you have ever wanted to try meditation but were confused by all the different techniques, or felt bewildered as you sat down on the cushion, this short course is the perfect introduction that explains why you should even care about meditating, how to physically set up the posture, more »

NEW CLASS: Yogic Breathing

Starting April 17, 2016, I will be offering a weekly yogic breathing class.  Pranayama (yogic breathing) is one of the most requested classes, and yet few studios are offering classes dedicated to this important aspect of the practice.   Details Below. Yogic Breathing Sundays • 6:00 ON • Yoga Tree • 1500 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 [map] For thousands of years yogis have known that the breath is the key to mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Often emotionally and mentally cleansing, this class offers the opportunity to focus fully on the fourth limb of yoga—pranayama. By using basic breathing techniques, gentle holds more »

Witness the Change

By Darren Main Back in January I turned forty-four— a fact that seemed much harder to embrace than turning twenty-four or thirty-four.   In many ways, I don’t feel much different.  In fact, I feel more alive, more grounded and more content then ever.  And yet, each time I go for a haircut, I notice decidedly more grey hair.    Each time I wash my face, I am acutely aware that fine lines are now framing my eyes, and the other day my son asked me why my belly stuck out more than his. There is an interesting paradox to more »

Modern Yoga Gurus

The following gurus and masters are largely responsible for bringing yoga in its various forms to the west.  These sometimes controversial spiritual leaders, have written a virtual library of books.  This is but a sampling of their more popular writings.   Mata Amritanandamayi (AKA Amma or ‘Mother’) 1953-Present- • About Love Is the Answer Volume 1 by Mata Amritanandamayi Love is the Answer Volume 2 by Mata Amritanandamayi   Amrit Desai 1932-Present • About Amrit Yoga: Explore, Expand, Experience the Spritual Depth of Yoga by Yogi Amrit Desai Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-in-Motion, Book 1 by Yogi Amrit Desai Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-In-Motion – Focusing Inward, Book 2 by Yogi more »

Learning to Sit: An Introduction to Meditation

By Darren Main Reprinted From Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation The Buddha was once asked which meditation technique was the most effective. The master’s response was both simple and profound. “The one you practice.” Therefore, start your practice with this simple technique and explore others as well. The important thing is that you get started and that you practice consistently. Sit in a comfortable upright position. Some people sit cross-legged, and others prefer to kneel. It is also acceptable to sit in a straight-backed chair. Allow your body to relax and take a few deep full breaths to shift more »

Pranic Breathing

Advanced Breathwork for the Modern Yogi By Darren Main Here in the West the primary focus on yoga is physical with most of the styles falling under the umbrella of Hatha yoga.  Hatha yoga is really a blending of two larger styles of yoga, Kundalini, which focuses on the energy body and classical yoga (Ashtanga or Raja Yoga) which is rooted in the Eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.   In classical yoga there are eight limbs in total, but the defining quality in a Hatha practice is its use of the third and fourth limbs, asana more »