Meditation, Breath & Sound

Casa Mannabliss offers a wide array of services that connect us to our hearts and the present moment. The services we offer have been scientifically demonstrated to impact your brain, mind, health and emotional health. If practiced regularly, they increase gray matter in the brain, engage your parasympathetic nervous system which calms you, your heart rate, and blood pressure, increases your joy, peace, connection, and so much more. Come enjoy different styles and techniques and find the ones that most resonate with you! We also offer a wide array of workshops in addition to the courses below.

MEDITATION

Four of the eight limbs of yoga are associated with meditation including withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) amd complete absorption (samadhi). Also from the yoga sutras…single pointed attention to any one thing long enough allows you to understand the essence of that thing (which means if we develop enough attention we can tap into the knowledge of the entire universe!!!). Yogic meditation techniques are designed to assist us in cultivating complete absorption with the object of our attention, which can be an external object, a concept, our inner world, emptiness, God, our the totality of reality.

One attention practice that we are all familiar with is mindfulness. You may be surprised to hear that mindfulness is not a meditation. Mindfulness is defined as being present in the moment with whatever is in front of you without judgment. Mindfulness training is a practice of cultivating attention to the present moment. It is a retraining of our brain to not jump from thought to thought, but rather, to have one continous stream of consciousness towards whatever it is that we are focusing on. Did you know that the average human attention span is 8 seconds? Mindfulness increases our attention significantly, especially with practice. And, as we become more present, we have access to richer information from our environment which allows us to make better decisions and experience life more fully. Mindfulness also trains our brain to shift from the subconscious default mode network (“autopilot”, which we are on 95% of the time according to science) to the conscious brain, where we can engage with life and make conscious decisions. There are a multitide of studies that demonstrate that mindfulness increases gray matter in the brain, increases life span, descreases stress, improves attention, increases joy, and improves health and emotional health. Mindful meditation, which we offer at Casa Mannabliss, is the most widely studied and proven mindfulness training practice. Mindfulness, however, is also taught through yoga and movement, and through practices such as mindful walking, mindful communication, mindful engagement with nature, and more. Check out Prema’s Bliss Flow Mindfulness Training Program if you are interested in a 6 week dive into mindfulness, or, come to any of our scheduled mindful meditation/yoga/movement classes.

In addition to mindfulness there are various other meditation techniques that such as metta/loving kindness meditation, yoga nidra, and guided meditations. Metta/loving kindness meditation is a compassion and self compassion meditation that has also been widely researched and demonstrated to be effective in many areas including improving connection, relatonships, health, emotional health, joy, and more. Metta retrains your brain to feel good and see the world through the eyes of love and beauty. Yoga Nidra is a lying down meditation where you go into a deep restful state, diving into the subconscious mind, with awareness, to better understand it. It is also super rejuvenating for the body, mind and spirit. Our guided meditations vary in styles and are intended to provide you with insight, connection to yourself and to take you on a beautiful journey.

BREATHWORK

Casa Mannabliss offers breathwork classes and workshops including yoga pranayama, gamma breath, transformational breath, and so much more. Breathing is one of the most important things we can do. Breathing is directly linked to the autonomic arousal system (ANS). The ANS includes the sympathetic nervous system/SNS (our fight/flight/freeze response system) and the paraympathetic nervous system/PNS (the calming system post stressful situation). In today’s world, many of us, due to enormous life stressors, have an overactive SNS which increases heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and is linked to stress related health and emotional health issues. As with mindfulness and metta, there is an abudance of scientific evidence demonstrating that breathing practices engage the PNS, improves heart rate variability, lowers blood pressure, improves health and emotional health, oxygenates our bodies, releases stored trauma and so much more. Come breath with us and experience the benefits for yourself.

SOUND

The yoga of sound, also known as Nada Yoga, a stand alone meditation technique. The object of our attention is a mantra or word repeated internally or out loud. As we focus on the mantra to the exclusion of all other thoughts, we cultivate mindfulness. Sound also affects us on a vibrational level. We are vibrational beings. When sound vibrations resonate within us, they shift us. Just as a rock thrown into water creates a ripple effect, sound does the same for the water within our body. It is a powerful tool for shifting consciousness. Kirtans, an ecstatic and beautiful nada yoga practice where we come together to sing and dance to live music with mantras, are offered weekly on our class schedule and through regular workshops provided by nationally recognized kirtaneers.

In addition to kirtan, we have sound workshops with beautiful meditative sound bath experiences using sound bowls, didgeridoo, drums and/or other instruments. All of these practices provide deep healing.