learn to meditate at Yoga Farm
At Yoga Farm, we teach meditation for householders—people who live in the world, who have relationships, jobs, families, houses, to-do lists.
At Yoga Farm, Christopher & Daniela teach practical meditation for householders – people who live in the world, who have relationships, jobs, families, houses, and to do lists.
“Meditation can be a tremendous aid in your path to a life of joy and fulfillment, free of unnecessary worry, anxiety and stress” - Christopher @ Yoga Farm
Yet, if we are trying too hard to ‘control our thinking’, or sit up straight, or follow a breath or mantra without interruption, we may get frustrated and miss out on some of the inherent benefits of meditation.
Ready to practice meditation? There are many ways to get started
Find a quiet space to sit for a while and tune in to one of the guided meditations recorded live here at Yoga Farm - no cost
A private, in-person meditation course
NEW! Friday evening Happy Hour Meditation - arrive 5:15 for simple guidance, meditation is 5:30-6pm. Then we can connect, chat, have tea or a snack to share. ‘Meditation Happier Hour'
Live Online Meditation Course (Zoom platform) in April
Come to Sacred Sunday - always free, meditation portion is 10:15-11:15
Some common myths about meditation
MYTH; 'I can't meditate because I've tried but I can't stop my thinking
MYTH; 'I’ve heard there's really a ‘best’ way to meditate; upright position for 20 minutes, twice a day
MYTH; 'My mind is just too ‘monkey mind’, so I guess it’s not for me'
MYTH; 'Meditation means the mind is really empty’
MYTH; ‘Meditation isn’t exactly ‘Fun’, it’s something you’re supposed to do, like daily greens and exercise’
You are unique
Your life experiences, your body and mind, your relationships, your loves, your desires, are unique. A being like you has never before existed.
Meditation is a bridge of experiences – linking your inner world and your outer world. Integrating all of You back into ‘YourSelf’.
Meditation is a process in which all parts of you come to the surface to receive your generous, kind attention. Healing and integration happens when we embrace all of our experiences, learn from them, and integrate what we learn into our whole Self.
Whatever you welcome into your meditation, and offer your kind attention to, becomes transformed.
This transformation ultimately leads to freedom from suffering, as we let go of anxiety and seriousness, ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldnts’, judgments and criticisms.
thousands of meditation styles
There are literally thousands of different kinds of meditative techniques. With just the right meditation approach and instruction, your meditation will become effortless, easeful, and something you will truthfully look forward to. When you discover the specific meditation practice that you relish, meditation will then become a time to be with yourself, for healing, inspiration, integration, for rest.
Meditations can involve breath, sound, movement, touch, smell, taste.
Meditation can be accessed indoors our outdoors.
Standing up, lying down, or sitting in any position.
Meditations can be short or long.
Meditation can feel wonderful, and it can feel turbulent at times – both are part of the process, and welcomed.
At Yoga Farm, we offer weekly meditations as a group, and a custom-tailored private meditation course.
Weekly morning group meditations on Saturday (9-10am) and Sunday (10-11:15am) (both are free!)
Private meditation course
It is our great passion and honor to Guide you in a style of meditation that is effective, efficient, and extremely dear to our hearts. We are honored to lead You in the style of meditation that our teacher, Lorin Roche, has taught Westerners for many years.
“Meditation is a great gift to give yourself. It is a way to experience a higher quality of life just by going inside yourself and touching your center for a moment. It is a brief retreat from the world that lets you re-enter the world with a more vivid presence.
Meditation is about being intimate with your deepest self. Any sense of formality, any sense that you were doing a technique that comes from outside of yourself interferes with this necessary closeness.
Approaching meditation with a pleasurable indulgence will help you develop good instincts for your path, because instinctive guidance comes from the same place as your cravings and desires. When we get in touch with her instincts we can become our own guided meditation with your own daily life as your feedback mechanism.
Meditation is not one monotone mood of reverence , nor is it only irreverence. It is a wide open embrace of every possible mood, emotion, and current of your being: that is meditation’s simplicity.”
-Lorin Roche, Author of the Radiance Sutras and Meditation pioneer and Teacher since 1968
“Christopher specially tailored our meditation and mindfulness session according to goals that my husband and I had set but had not moved towards. We wanted to get back into consistent meditation, and Christopher suggested a 28 day meditation practice. That worked! We can see the improvement in our ability to meditate together."
– A.F. Ithaca, New York
"WOW! I had no idea that meditation could be so wonderful! I always thought I wasn’t a good meditator because my mind wouldn’t shut off when I tried to meditate, but Christopher and Daniela dispelled ‘"meditation myths," showed me a variety of meditation techniques to sample, and helped me discover the ones that helped me to really feel the deep calm inside. I believe I can now go home and try this, because I can welcome all parts of myself when I meditate. Thank you, Yoga Farm!"
— Samantha G., Syracuse, New York