Meditation for Everyone shares the healing benefits of meditation. The lectures, guided meditations, and application worksheets are accessible to newcomers and experienced practitioners. The philosophy and life lessons shared are universal in nature. We cultivate feelings of love, compassion, and understanding. Willingness and open-mindedness are essential for the course. Our collective intention is awareness of breath in the present moment to find our natural state of calm, balance, and peace. The course can be completed at the pace of each individual student. The guided meditations can be played many times, as students will likely hear, feel, and experience something different each time they practice. The content of the videos can relieve students of stress, anxiety, and fear. Benefits of the course: a quiet mind, relaxed body, and conscious contact with the spirit, soul, or innermost self.
A discussion about how the course is designed and what students can expect to receive and achieve. We highlight topics that will be covered in upcoming videos. Students learn the benefits of meditation and become prepared to begin a practice. Resource materials available for download.
A discussion about the history and philosophy of meditation. Some topics covered: physical postures, music, candles, incense, meditation cushions. We discuss quality of mind and breath. We discuss various introductory elements within the practice. Resource materials available for download.
A discussion about consistency, regularity, and dedication within mediation practice. We talk about creating space for meditation within the home; creating an altar space and its significance; creating a space that reflects safety, comfort, and peace. We discuss the individuality of each space; non-judgement within the practice; the uniqueness of each style of meditation. Brian also shares about his personal daily meditation practice(s), how he began to meditate, why he continues to meditate, and the many benefits he receives from meditation and how he takes the benefits off the meditation cushion into the world. Resource materials (suggested reading list) available for download.
A guided meditation to discover the power of contrary action. We begin by choosing a fear within the mind. We examine the fear to determine its opposite thought or action. We find love to be an all-powerful and undeniable opponent to fear. We focus on the energy of love to transform fear until fear is removed from the mind, heart, and body. Soft music plays in the background of the meditation. Application worksheet available for download.
A guided meditation using a flower chosen by the student. We look at a flower and its many qualities as a study of the law of impermanence. We internalize the essence of the flower. We connect with our senses. We learn concentration, discernment, patience, and gratitude. We learn to still the mind. We learn to relax the body and internalize our practice. We learn the unity of all living things. Soft music plays in the background of the meditation. Application worksheet available for download.
A guided meditation to focus on the beautiful qualities of the inhale and exhale. Focus on breath quiets the mind. Awareness on breath anchors students in the present moment. We learn the breath is the innermost teacher. We focus on the expansion of the in-breath and contraction of the out-breath. We focus on breath as the force of life. We breathe naturally, consciously, and without attachment or judgment. Soft music plays in the background during meditation. Application worksheet available for download.
A guided meditation to focus on thankfulness for the feet, legs, hands, arms, internal organs, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, and skin. We recall amazing things the parts of the body allow us to do. We bring awareness to the breath. We find the magic of the present moment. We find the power of gratitude. Soft music plays in the background during meditation. Application worksheet available for download.
A guided meditation to examine why we are here, what we are here to do, and how we can achieve our destiny. We discuss the significance of a spiritual journey. We acknowledge being in the present moment. We release limiting beliefs and conditioned behaviors. We journey to the innermost self where we discover intuitive thoughts, Divine insight, inherent wisdom, and emotional balance. We discuss closing the physical eyes toward cultural prejudice in order to view the world with the mystical vision of the third eye, or innermost place of Truth within all beings. Soft music plays in the background during meditation. Application worksheet available for download.
A guided meditation on learning to accept things as they are in the present moment. We learn peace is possible when we can embrace acceptance. We learn suffering comes from trying to change things; we learn we suffer when we have expectations. We learn that acceptance does not mean we condone the behavior and speech of others, yet we understand that through acceptance, solution becomes possible; freedom from anger and anxiety becomes possible. Soft music plays in the background during meditation. Application worksheet available for download.
A meditation through the landscape of the mind using the power of vibration. In this bonus video, Brian plays an original song on the harmonium. The harmonium has a beautiful resonance; its sound creates waves of energy that dislodge harmful patterns of thought; dismantle old ideas; and transform wrongful habit energies. The harmonies of this instrument allow us to feel connected to nature, life, and all living beings. We also recognize the human body is an instrument for peace and channel for love. Application worksheet available for download.
In this 5-minute video, we meditate together in silence. Please sit, close the eyes, and breathe. Remember, we do this beautiful work together. A teacher is always with the student; the student is always with the teacher. Draw upon what has been learned from the guided meditations above. Take those lessons into this meditation with silence. Students will find refuge within the innermost self. Soft music plays in the background. Application worksheet available for download.
Brian teaches yoga and meditation classes for all levels. His yoga style is Vinyasa with elements of Bhakti, Ayurveda, and Tantra. His meditation style is influenced by the Five Mindfulness Trainings (as given by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh), the Eight Limbs of Yoga (as outlined by Patanjali), the Five Elements (as taught in Ayurveda: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space), and the Seven Chakras (recognized by Hatha Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine). Brian has been interviewed for his work by Yoga Digest, Recovery 2.0, Malibu Times, Mantra Yoga + Health, Alignyo, Life by Me, YogaStart, Yoga Earth, Sivana, Neon Tommy, and Origin. His writing has been published by Yoga Digest, Upward Frog (official Manduka blog), role/reboot, Best Ever You, and Mantra Yoga + Health. His classes, courses, and recordings are available on Udemy, Yoga30, and Insight Timer. Brian is a Legacy Ambassador for lululemon, and a yoga and meditation ambassador for Manduka. He created 12-Step Yoga, a program for men and women in addiction recovery in West Hollywood, CA. He founded Strand Street Yoga, a donation-based yoga gathering in Santa Monica, CA. Brian's words and images are included in the 2016 photo/essay book “Inside the Warrior.” Brian has taught yoga and meditation classes at Four Seasons, Equinox, and LA Fitness. He has created meditation, mindfulness, and yoga programs for Riviera Recovery, Cast Recovery, and Cliffside Malibu. Brian enjoys spending time with family and being of service to organizations that support equality, peace, animal welfare, and childhood educational enrichment.