Shape of Awake
October 22–27, 2019
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
Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape, it’s a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this week of intensive practice, Hope Martin, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will help you establish ease, non-striving, and a friendly relationship to yourself in meditation and everyday activities. Her hands-on work makes subtle adjustments to the head, neck and back to access effortless, balanced posture – both light and grounded. Principles from the practice of Focusing will be introduced to befriend habitually stuck places and to access the wisdom that resides in the holding pattern. Become aware of unconscious habits that result in tension, pain, fixed posture and mindset and shift to a more expansive, balanced and joyful way of being.
Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body transforms your practice and your life! This experiential retreat offers a safe, supportive and caring environment to learn about yourself and to deepen your meditation practice.
Open to new and experienced practitioners.
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 32 years and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a meditation instructor and a Focusing trainer. Hope trained Alexander teachers for many years at the American Center for The Alexander Technique in NYC. Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. Hope is a close student of Pema Chodron and has been her cook and attendant for 25 years.