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Centering Prayer

Combined Native American (Tuscarora) and Tibetan Buddhist Traditions

Hindu Meditation

InterSpiritual Meditation

Japanese Zen Meditation

Judaism/Kabbalah

Korean Zen Meditation

Kundalini Yoga Meditation

Sikh Dharma

Sufi Meditation

Thereveda Buddhist Meditation

Hindu and Yoga Based Meditation

The meditation practices grounded in Hinduism came out of the rich culture of the Indus Valley and are woven into the very fabric of that culture. The practices of meditation (as well as the related practices of Yoga) pervade everyday Indian life and belief but also stand apart from strict Hinduism. They exist as philosophical disciplines and rigorous practices with an ultimate aim of pure transcendence or enlightenment. The emphasis in our week on Hindu Meditation (as with all of the Mystic Heart program) is on experiential practice, rather than lecture or discourse. Instructions are given, we practice together, and we finish out each session with time for questions. In our time together we will cover:
 
A) Japa or the repetition of a mantra – a syllable, word or words repeated over and over to generate focus and stillness of the mind. Repetition will be both whispered (Upanshu) and silent (Manasik);
B) Bija, the practice of experiencing the sensations associated with each chakra and using them to become aware of the subtle energetics and healing capacity of the body;
C) Pranayama, or deep breath and energy practice, linked to meditation;
D) Nada Yoga, or the use of sound to delve deeply into the energetics of the body; and,
E) Shushumna Nadi and breath: quiet meditation with visualization of the body's central energy channel.

David Gluck

David Gluck
David began his study and practice of yoga and dharma in 2001. In 2003, he became a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, studying directly under Sharon Gannon and David Life. He has worked professionally as a teacher of Yoga and Dharma since that time, and has taught and led retreats both nationally and abroad. David's classes reflect his own studies with many gifted teachers (including Dharma Mittra, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Ram Dass, Douglas Veenhof and His Holiness, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama).

In addition to teaching Asana, David has taught courses in philosophy from both the Buddhist and Yoga traditions, including the Lamrim, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. He is also a gifted musician and experienced Kirtan artist.

Since 2013, David has developed and taught in the George Brown College Classical Yoga and Teacher Training program, including portions of both philosophy and asana. In addition, David has been the principal philosophy teacher for the Yoga Sanctuary's Fast Track Teacher Training program – a renowned yoga center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – since 2014.