Ramesh Bjonnes was born in Norway and lived for nearly three years in India and Nepal learning directly from the masters of Tantric yoga. Bjonnes is co-founder of the Prama Institute (www.pramainstitute.org), a holistic retreat center outside Asheville, NC. He has written extensively on Tantra, yoga, culture and sustainability, and his articles have appeared in books and numerous magazines and newspapers in Europe and the US. His forthcoming book, Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit: A Personal Guide to the Wisdom of Yoga and Tantra will be published July 1, 2012 by InnerWorld Publications. A second book titled Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening, will be published by Hay House India soon. He lives in an eco-village near Marshall, Madison County.
Mindfulness, Breath and Chakra Meditation with Ramesh Bjonnes
Meditation is remembering to be present in the moment. Yogic meditation uses the flow of the breath to facilitate more flow and harmony in life. In this class, you will learn simple meditation techniques using breath, mindfulness and concentration to facilitate the deep flow of inner transformation. Part practice and part theory, this class will introduce you to various techniques of yogic and tantric meditation, as well as the philosophy and science behind kundalini, chakras, pranayama, and mantras.
In yogic and tantric practice, one will remember the nature of the breath, that the breath is Consciousness. As the poet Kabir said, the Divine is the breath within the breath. Thus we may term yogic and tantric meditation “meaningful mindfulness;” to remember to meditate on the breath and also to remember that the breath itself is divine Consciousness. This form of meditation has the capacity to take us into a deep state of silence, spiritual peace, and bliss. Meditation with closed eyes is to remember our true nature. Meditation with open eyes is to remember that all objects of one’s attention are sacred.