First thing is self-love, I know more about how to take care of myself, know what I need to change and improve. The second thing is empowering myself and other people around me with positive energy through using positive thinking. The third thing is controlling my emotions, which means that I could handle my anger in a good way!
~ Alice Do
How to use my imagination to interact with my thoughts, processing meditation in a group system, understanding and tolerating other people's spiritual beliefs.
Three things I have learned; I am more powerful with my thoughts and words than I ever imagined. Learning to trust myself more my instincts and underestimate myself less. Learned I am the most important person in my life and my happiness matters more than what I can do for others and allowing myself to be happy and to say no and to be OK with it.
Having a guardian angel type spiritual warrior is a good and powerful tool in life. To engage my inner child in a comforting way often times helps with living kindness towards self and others.
Meeting with others (this group) is a great way to open ones mind to new ways of thinking.
I learned how meditation and prayer are very different and the roles they play for me to be healthy and happier life. I also learned from others and how we as a team can work together in one room or even miles apart. Learned more about our soul family and how others have different abilities and how we can help each other.
~ Laura S
Usually I try to develop patience. I try to develop a higher anger threshold. And I try to develop an overall calmness in my mindset. But I don't think that's learning about myself... I have learned that taking a deep breath is all it takes to change certain situations. Reflection and thoughtfulness are important practices in developing the three things I stated.
Meditation with a small group at the studio has shown me I can have either similar or very different meditation experiences from other people - and all are acceptable.
While thoughts constantly stream through my mind, I have learned that underneath the thoughts there is a peaceful, emptiness always present and available to me.
I’ve found that practicing meditation cultivates this calmness and I can connect with it; even during the stresses and busyness of my days.
Thank you, Integration Meditation, for offering meditation and positive learning opportunities for our community!
I feel very honored to have attended the Saturday workshop at Integrative meditation. Although I knew no one, I felt a sincere warmth and connection with the teachers, guides, cooks and my fellow classmates. I intuitively believe integrative meditation is a safe place for all types of expressive, healing practices. I am grateful you are located in my community.
I knew right off I was in a safe place for eating when the food was approached with a positive energy in its preparation. Thank you for that. Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with a severe digestive disease which landed me in the hospital thirteen times or more, countless medical leaves from work, and a few humbling brushes with death. And because of this life changing experience, I have developed an array of alternative tools in my tool box for self-preservation. I am always looking for aspiration to get to the next level, and I felt this workshop was just that. It packed a punch of love from the teachers and was motivational for all levels of learners. Thank you.
After the work shop I have been practicing meditation and breath work. I can honestly say I feel much more grounded and calm at work and home. I’ve become more aware of slowing down just in everyday life, such as walking slower through the grocery store and just listening differently in conversations with co-workers and students. I felt like I was a healer, but just couldn’t see where it was happening at in my career and everyday life. Those healing moments have been surfacing after the workshop. I had the speech pathologists ask me what type of energy ball breath work I was doing in my class, because the technique has been helping a student who’s been getting speech for years. I had my principal approach me this week and tell me how therapeutic my art program is for traumatized students. So, I do have a more open hearted outlook in what I do. Thank you for the guidance.
Also, I am very thankful you sent a refresher on the wisdom that was shared in the workshop.
I am looking forward to the growth within integrative meditation. As the end of Main street begins to flourish, I believe your program will flourish right along with it.
First I want to say thank you for opening your hearts , your family your knowledge to me and to so many others.
Now lets get to the meat of things. The workshop was phenomenal!! Well planned, ran smoothly. I loved it. Some work shops drag on, but not this one. Time flew past. So much knowledge was given throughout the day. I loved the concept of so many different disciplines being introduce to the participants. It was the perfect amount so you didn’t fell overwhelmed.Each instructor was incredible. Talking you thru everything, walking around to help assist those who need help. It made me feel important and not lost in the shuffle like it happens at a lot of workshops. I believe the small # of participants made for a more intimate learning experience. The fact you had as many instructors as participants, honestly has a 5 star move. Gave the ability to have 1 on 1 assistance if necessary.
The food was awesome!!! Three square healthy meals. While on the subject of food. Awesome idea restricting the caffeine in the morning so that the effects of the breath work and mediation could really be felt.
The Tai Chi and yoga was new to me and I loved them both. I definitely learned appreciation for both and would love to look into them more.
As I said loved the workshop…loved everything.
I wanted to add some suggestions to make a incredible experience even better. In yoga it would be awesome to have amended moves for those of us not as athletically inclined at this moment. And it might just be for some poises there’re no alternate move, and that okay. I still enjoyed. As they say nothing good comes easy.
I would have loved to learned from our chefs, what was prepared. I know you may not want to give up the full recipe i.e. seasoning, (trade secrets and all lol) I was more thinking along the lines of maybe letter us know where to purchase the gluten free noodles etc. Thanks like that.
Other than that..I am extremely grateful and humbled. I am striving to incorporate all these in my life, particularity the meditation and breath work. It was the perfect little workshop. Oh and I loved the meditation walk.
Discover Your True Power Workshop- This workshop was life changing for me. I came into the workshop so rundown and heart broken. My cup was empty, I felt I had nothing left to give. However, I just knew this is what I needed. In a demanding world with all of the responsibilities I no longer felt like “me” anymore.
This workshop gave me a great foundation to rediscover my power! The focus of meditation, breath work, yoga, chan szu chin, qiqong, teamwork and a shamanic drumming journey were powerful in their own way. My favorite part was probably shamanic drumming, it was quite the experience. The energy of our group could have moved mountains, the team work flowed really well with people complete strangers at the beginning of the day. However, these strangers have now created a family!
The amount of love, strength and overwhelming positive energy that was flowing by the end of the day was life changing. I can’t thank my Integration Meditation instructors and team enough for their hard work in creating such a wonderful experience! If you are willing to put in the work, you will feel the results!
A full day of love, kindness, and new experiences.
At first I was skeptical because “there is no free lunch”, but there was free breakfast, lunch and dinner lovingly prepared and served in between sessions.
My family was also concerned. They thought I might be inducted into a cult or be brainwashed into making a monetary contribution. Didn’t happen. No collection plate was circulated and no coercion. Everything was given with love.
It was a peaceful day of meditation and drumming, which I was familiar with but also a session on Breath work which was very enlightening and beneficial.
The introduction to chan Suzhou chin and ongoing we’re both well presented and informative.
The only thing that did not gel for me was the teamwork session and the push to become a “tribe”. For me, meditation is a personal journey.
I loved this workshop and fully recommend taking advantage of it if given a chance
Tai Chi / Qiqong
Sifus Nik and Skye are extremely well respected teachers of Taiji and Qigong, especially for health, stress reduction and spiritual. They are both recognized disciples in the prestigious HunYuan system of Taiji/Qigong of Grandmaster Feng Beijing System. They have demonstrated their commitment to community service in their work with underserved communities as well as distinguished themselves in national Tai Chi competition. Their students love them. I recommend them highly to all interested students I recommend them highly!
~ Master Justin Meehan
International Chinese Martial Art Hall of Fame
I "accidentally" came to this class thinking the event I was scheduled for was this night. Laura opened the door and "welcome come in!" I said no, I can come back tomorrow and Laura and Choying said, "No Stay, you were meant to be here! And they were right. Though I was familiar with using breathing techniques for childbirth and pain management, these was expanded techniques and so very powerful. This was my first time meeting Laura and taking one of her classes and I was struck by how natural, calm and skilled she was at taking us on our own terms and capabilities on our personal journeys. She was caring and perfectly instructive on what we were doing, the effects, and how to make it your own practice for healing and health. She was observant, watchful and protective as we immersed ourselves in the experience, worry-free with her at our sides. She said" If you need any help, just reach out to me or motion and I will be at your side." This helped me participate freely knowing I was being securely monitored. Again, this is a powerful healing activity. After, we had a chat about individual experience during the class which was super helpful. I learned breathwork can change our bodies and our energies and how providing our cells with oxygen can change and heal our bodies. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this class. I wish everyone could begin to learn how powerful our bodies are and how to harness this ability. We also talked about how to incorporate this practice on a beginning level and then also how to do a deeper 50 minute practice and also about accountability. I encourage you to give this a try, you will be so astounded! Thank you Laura, I look forward to the next class and any other you will teach.
~ Michele Celis
Ving Tsun Gung Fu
I took my first Kung Fu class with Choying Huynh last night - what a great experience!!! He is a WONDERFUL teacher and the drills were perfect for us beginner students. We all really enjoyed the class and Choying was so knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is interested in or curious about Kung Fu. Appropriate for all ages and athletic abilities!