The Cycle of Stillness Follows Sound

Restorative Yoga before Compline

First Friday:

October 6 at 7 PM in the parish house forum room

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With Certified Yoga Instructor, Roberta Strickler
Enjoy a quiet retreat-like evening of a restorative practice followed by a silent walking meditation to the church where we will enjoy 30 minutes of the soothing, sacred music of Compline. Restorative poses are gentle, fully supported and done seated or lying down. Props are provided; or, feel free to bring your own. Comfortable, easy to move in attire is recommended. Fee: instructor gratuity welcome.

Registration requested for planning purposes. This event is in person only. Click here to register.

For your preparation

Birds chirp, then pause. Lightning strikes, a pause, then thunder, then pause. A wave crests, pauses, falls, lifts again.

Look for these moments in your day. Much like the space between two breaths, these moments of stillness offer moments of meditation, especially precious in the midst of too much sound or of sound too loud, cacophonous and jarring. Seek small moments of stillness and space to quiet the mind.

To develop your practice, come to the chapel for 90 minutes on Friday, October 6th and explore the spaces between joints of the body through restorative yoga postures, exploring sound within and without, as it can be restorative for the mind. Our evening will conclude with a silent, guided, walking meditation to the service of Compline at 9 PM in the church sanctuary.

To create a more retreat like experience, consider silencing all of your electronic devices in advance. Alert friends and roommates that you will want to stay in silence following the a cappella observance of Compline until the next morning.

About Roberta Strickler

Roberta has been teaching yoga as therapy, mindfulness meditation, and Ayurveda in central Pennsylvania since 1995. That same year, she earned her first certificate as a yoga teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. For the next 12 years, she continued her yoga studies to include Anusara Yoga, a Iyengar-based style of yoga known for its elegant language and therapeutic principles of alignment. She has also studied mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Roberta sees the goal of modern yoga to be the relaxation of the body, so the mind can be stilled for the practice of meditation. She has taught yoga for mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga for breast cancer survivors, other cancers and cardiac events.

Her approach to yoga and meditation integration along side of Ayurveda, balance, physical rehabilitation, and well being, have dominated her private teaching throughout the past ten years.