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Meditation Posture Fridays: Yoga Practices for Sitters™

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Shosan Victoria Austin
Article — The Yoga of Meditation Posture: Shosan Victoria Austin on Yoga Practices for Sitters
with Shosan Victoria Austin
in the City Center Buddha Hall

4 - 5:30 pm
Followed by evening zazen in the zendo, 5:40 - 6:20 pm

2015 Fridays:
Jan 9Mar 6May 1July 10Oct 16
Feb 6Apr 10June 5Sept 18Nov 13


In the early 1980s, Shosan asked a Zen master, “I have been sitting for over 10 years, and my feet still fall asleep in zazen (seated meditation). What am I doing wrong?” He replied, “The first 10 years are the hardest.”

The posture we take affects everything about meditation from its ease or difficulty to the thinking process; there are infinite ways to study it. This 9-session series is offered to provide a guided apprenticeship in the yoga of meditation.

Once a month, we will gather on Friday afternoon for an asana class that addresses a specific postural, physiological, or mental aspect of meditation practice. After a Q&A session, everyone is invited to sit a period of zazen meditation.

Participants should bring an empty stomach, curiosity, and wear loose, comfortable dark-colored clothes. Students of all ages and physical abilities are welcome.

Fee: Suggested minimum donation $15 per session, to be made at each class session. Please give generously to support San Francisco Zen Center’s programs.

Registration not required.


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Shosan Victoria Austin
Shosan Victoria Austin began practicing both Zen and yoga in 1971. In the Soto Zen tradition, she is entrusted as a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, an international priest of the Soto School, and a Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center. She trained in the U.S., in India, and in Japan. In the Iyengar tradition, she is certified as an Intermediate teacher.