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COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Memorial Church, the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), and Windhover Contemplative Center are all currently closed. Students who wish to apply for a religious event exemption, click HERE for more information.

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Windhover Contemplative Programs

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Please join us for these weekly virtual opportunities to engage with others in community for meditation and yoga.  

Mondays Student-Led Yoga is intended as a means of making the mental and physical benefits of asanas readily available to all, regardless of where you are on your yogi journey. Expect to move with your breath: this well-balanced Vinyasa flow class intends to get you out of your head and into your body, and modifications will always be available. Mondays 6- 7:15pm PST. https://stanford.zoom.us/j/97288448574?pwd=RjdYYllHRENYUjlnMXVDUzdpTEw3UT09 passcode: 092020

Tuesdays Evening Live-Streamed Yin and Restorative Yoga Class with YogaX and the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life with Heather Freeman: This live-streamed class explores gentle movement, breath, and mindfulness to to support sleep, healthful rest, and enhanced resilience.  Minimal prop use is required to allow participants to do this practice at home, sharing it with roommates, partners, children, and pets as desired. Tuesdays at 6-7pm PST.  Link: click to register

Wednesdays Evening Sitting Space: This is a student-led meditation group that aims to foster meditative practices and conversation about the benefits of meditation. Each week, students will lead a guided meditation for approximately 20-30 minutes. All are welcome to join! 6pm PST http://tinyurl.com/sittingspace  Meeting ID: 518 739 7905 Passcode: 123456

Thursdays Guided Meditation: Designed to offer basic meditation skills, to encourage regular meditation practice, to help deepen self-reflection, and to offer instructions on how meditation can be useful during stressful and uncertain times.  All sessions are led by Rebecca Nie. Thursdays 6 p.m. PST https://stanford.zoom.us/j/97159632633?pwd=cFc2eUZDWW4vY0VGV3FaOVFuZElxZz09 The passcode: 202020

Sundays Student-Led Yoga: Another opportunity to practice our studnent-led yoga. It is intended as a means of making the mental and physical benefits of asanas readily available to all, regardless of where you are on your yogi journey. Expect to move with your breath: this well-balanced Vinyasa flow class intends to get you out of your head and into your body, and modifications will always be available. @Windhover on Sundays 10am.  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/99506689007?pwd=NGtmV3Z4d2dPTFMyQkE1bjNCOHM5dz09

  • Available anytime to help you establish, maintain and support your practice. 
  • Two options to choose from:  A restorative 30 minute accessible yoga flow to help relieve stress:  https://youtu.be/dJBzKhdVJ7c   
  • An all-level accessible 60 minute flow in the Baptise vinyasa style: https://youtu.be/dbQu1ADaeRk 

Online Yoga: YogaX is offering a free live-streamed yoga weekly class at noon PST starting on Thursday, March 26th. The classes will be a gentle flow with poses that you can do at home with minimal props. You just need some space to move and maybe a yoga mat. Roommates, partners, children, and pets are welcome.

Being Fully Alive: Mindfulness Meditation in Difficult Times

Mindfulness is the simple practice of being aware — of seeing clearly and being connected and present in this moment for what's happening. When developed and strengthened, mindfulness supports a deeper understanding and acceptance of ourselves and the world.  As we develop confidence in the possibility of fully experiencing our life, without grasping or resisting, we open to the whole range of our own feelings and humanity. From this place of wholeness, we can respond wisely to others and live in the world with greater ease, insight, and compassion.

This five-week series will offer guided meditations and instructions in mindfulness practice, attuned to supporting our ability to navigate the uncertainty and difficult emotions that may arise from life during the COVID-19 pandemic. This class is structured introduction to classical mindfulness practice with a highly experienced instructor in the field.

Zoom: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 5-week course with Ying Chen

March 31st - April 28th for 5 Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:30pm PST

On Zoom: Basic instructions in mindfulness meditation is taught sequentially in this 5-week course. The course starts with mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions and thinking and concludes with a discussion on concentration and the application of mindfulness in daily life.  Each class has opportunities for Q&A with teachers. This course is taught by Ying Chen. The weekly handouts for the course are available here.

Ying Chen's biography: Ying Chen was born in China and came to US when she was in College. She was exposed to Mahayana Buddhism around 1998. Since 2001, she was drawn to the Theravada tradition through sutta studies with Shaila Catherine and other Chinese dharma teachers and practitioners. Since 2005, she has been practicing primarily under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal. Ying is a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy program and Local Dharma Leader program from Insight Meditation Center led by Andrea Fella and Gil Fronsdal. She currently facilitates the Insight Meditation Center support group for people living with illness, and co-facilitates the Asian Dharma Circle in IMC with Lilu Chen and volunteers at Insight Retreat Center.