I found my way into yoga many years ago as a way to accentuate my meditation practice. As a result, I created greater strength and control in my body, more calm and clarity in my mind, and a stronger sense of connection spiritually. I am always excited by the possibility of helping someone else realize the many benefits of yoga and meditation that I have. Simply put, my offerings are geared towards a mindful, heart-centered practice that promotes presence and supports heightened self awareness. Sean completed the 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification at Inner Fire Yoga, Madison, WI in 2012. As a Reiki Master, Sean infuses powerful healing energy into every class, and seeks to create a space for a more meditative, spiritual practice.
Sean Ward instructs the following:
BREATHE & FLOW: REJUVENATING
This Vinyasa style class is a balanced approach of effort and ease. It incorporates more challenging postures, including optional inversions and arm balances, and moves at a more dynamic tempo to build strength and grace.
For students who have a regular practice and want to move at a more rejuvenating and rhythmic pace.
MEDITATION - INSIGHT
Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30am
Our Sunday morning meditation is a time and a space for you to stop for a moment, to catch your breath and to remember your essential nature, which is deep peace, love, compassion, strength and power. Insight Meditation, or Vipassana, is the ultimate expression of Socrates' dictum, "know thyself." It's based on the Buddha's original teaching that the cause of suffering can actually be erased when we see our True nature. This teaching means that our happiness does not depend on manipulating the external world, it depends on seeing ourselves clearly, as we really are. It's a method for purifying the mind of the mental factors that cause suffering.
What is a Yoga Immersion at Perennial?
It is a yoga class taught by a more experienced teacher and longer in length. These two features; experience and length, afford the opportunity to incorporate more aspects of the art and science of yoga into the class. It is not a class only for advanced students, although some experience and familiarity is best. It is for the student who wants to explore and be immersed in a fuller practice that includes: chanting, pranayama (breathwork), dharma talk (yoga philosophy), mudras (energetic hand seals) chanting (the yoga of sound) meditation and nidra (yoga of sleep). The teacher will instruct asana (postures) in a krama fashion. This means that more difficult postures will be broken down into progressive stages so you can practice and develop at your own pace.
For students already practicing on a regular basis who wish to broaden their yoga.
BREATHE, FLOW & MEDITATE: REJUVENATING
Practiced in the Vinyasa style of yoga, this expanded class takes on the teacher's expression of the practice. Breath-centered warm-ups, organic unfolding, sun salutations, standing poses, heart-opening backbends, cleansing twists, forward folds, hip openers and inversions are sequenced and flowing. The longer practice allows for a period of meditation.
For students who have a regular practice and want to move at a more rejuvenating and rhythmic pace and spend time in meditation.
If you have an interest in deepening your meditation practice and/or an interest in experiencing the energy work Sean Ward offers, then this monthly gathering is for you. Sean is adept at holding space that is supportive, nurturing and spiritually healing. These sessions are comprised of breath work exercises, meditation and Reiki.
We'll gather as a small group (max 10 people) and delve deeply into the universe of our inner existence. This is an opportunity for personal growth and healing. We seek expansion of conscious awareness and invite the realization of connection with spirit guides. This offering best serves those with an established meditation practice, or a strong desire to explore.
Cost: $37 / 10% Discount for Perennial Members