About Zen Yoga
More background information about Zen yoga.
Zen yoga emphasizes three intertwined areas of physical alignment, flow of energy in the body, and awareness (or mindfulness). Mindfulness of the body is one of the four practices taught by the Buddha that leads to enlightenment. Some Zen temples include a taiso (exercise) period, often early in the morning, including yoga-like postures, quick repetitive exercises, and/or more flowing exercises reminiscent of Tai Chi. These exercises are designed to open and unblock the body in preparation for sitting meditation, develop a deeper awareness of the body, and as an opportunity to practice “becoming one” with what’s happening in the moment (expressed in Japanese through the terms narikiru – become one – or ima-koko – now-here).
Classes in Eugene
Mondays and Wednesdays: 12-1pm at Everyday People Yoga
Mondays and Wednesdays: 6-6:50pm Mindful Meditation and 7-7:50pm Sports Yoga at the University of Oregon
Wednesdays: 10:30-11:30am at the Eugene YMCA