Autumn Satsang Sessions

Autumn Satsang Sessions

Date:

Monday 12th December


Time:

7.15 to 8.30 pm


About This Event

with Interfaith Minister and Yoga Teacher Alison Stoker

The meaning of the word ‘satsang’ (in the Buddhist tradition) is spiritual gathering. These themed evenings will centre around meditation and there will be time for spiritual and philosophical discussion, questions and answers. Each session begins with ten or fifteen minutes of very gentle movement (yoga based) to prepare the body to sit comfortably for an extended period of time. You are welcome to use a chair to sit on if you find sitting on the floor uncomfortable and there will be blankets and blocks available.
Dates coming up this autumn…
Monday 5th September 7.15-8.30pm- An Evening of Kundalini Yoga inspired chanting. Sound and song have incredible power to alter our internal state. In this evening of chanting we’ll explore some of Kundalini yoga’s most popular chants and accompanying meditations and finish off with a relaxation.
Wednesday 5th October 7.15-8.30pm- Miracle Mindedness. A Course in Miracles (not sure what that is? type it in to google) says this, ‘A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false.’ I invite you to join me in some exercises (mental as opposed to physical!) in noticing miracles and meditations to re-align our thinking to be attuned to their occurrence.
Wednesday 2nd November 7.15-8.30pm- Reflections on All Souls Day. Whilst All Souls Day is originally a Christian concept there are other traditions that recognise this day. The
Mexican Day of the Dead falls at the same time. Samhain (from the earth traditions) is celebrated just a couple of days before (on what is popularly known as ‘Halloween’).  All these festivals acknowledge the end of life in the physical realm and hold an awareness of life beyond it. I invite you to come along with an open heart and explore this subject with me in a positive and life affirming way. No need to dress in black or carve a pumpkin!
Monday 12th December 7.15-8.30pm- Seeing the Light in the Self and Others. At this time of year there is a lot of talk about the light. In Judaism there is Hanukkah, the festival of lights, Christianity has Christmas (the birth of the son (sun)) and the earth traditions celebrate the winter solstice where the light returns again. We all have the ability to see the light in ourselves and others but sometimes there are blocks and barriers, old wounds that have closed us off. I invite you to join me for an evening of blessing ourselves and others, sending light to dark places and allowing it to lead you.

You needn’t be a student of yoga to attend these sessions, all are welcome. Please book with me in advance so that I have an idea of the number of people attending. It’s £12 for each session and you are welcome to pay on the evening or in advance. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let me know so that I can offer your space out to others. Please email alison.stoker@gmail.com or call/text 07794 550108

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About Alison- I’m an Interfaith Minister and Yoga Teacher. The two ‘roles’ go together well. I’m fortunate to be able to enjoy the regularity of yoga classes and students but also be close to the outer edges of life when I am called to hold a baby blessing ceremony, a wedding and end of life ceremonies. I meet people at their most radiant and their most tender. I recognise the importance and value of every stage of life, the wonderful and also the painful moments we all pass through. I believe there is value in every experience.
While some people have a solid spiritual home in a traditional religious and spiritual community many of us believe in something (and that can be just a solid) but perhaps lack the community within which to express it, learn from others and share our experiences. My hope is that these satsang sessions can be a place in which we can gather with an open heart and mind.
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