Author: Caren Prentice

Agnieszka Miskiewicz

Teaches Yoga Classes for Meditators Agnieszka, affectionately known to her students as, Mishka, has been teaching HATHA YOGA since 2001. Not only does she teach her own students, she also teaches teachers.  She has been leading the Hatha Teacher Training Program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago for the last 6 years. Agnieszka’s […]

February 4

Here are the videos from Week Three. There are two videos. One of the class and the other is the Q & A. David has prepared two pdfs for you. The weekly review AND… DRUM BEAT PLEASE… a pdf with the notes he was teaching from—yes!! Sure beats us having to go slide by slide […]

January 28

Here are your videos for Week Two! The second video is the after-class Q&A with questions about houses and rulerships, why there can be more than one sign in a house, split houses and intercepted signs. All of which will be covered at depth in future classes. The handouts David used are under Week Two in […]

January 21

Here’s the video of our first class. Enjoy!   

Three Part Breath: 4:46 min

Benefits: Also known as deep abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, tradition says the benefits of this breath include heavy oxidation of the blood—which is extremely beneficial for overall health—and purifying the blood and body (especially the nose, throat and lungs.) Yogi’s say the vital prana, or life-force, contained in the air we breathe is absorbed […]

Relaxation Breath: 4:40 min

 Benefits: Soothes the nerves; reduces blood pressure, and trains us to relax the body at will—which is essential for reducing stress and improving sleep.

Counting Breath: 3:08

Benefits: Takes us out of the thoughts in our heads and brings us completely into the present moment. Excellent for calming the mind, alleviating fear, worry and anxiety. Reduces blood pressure.

Sipping Breath: 3:22 min

Benefits: Activates the liver, reduces phlegm and bile, and improves digestion. Relieves cravings, hunger and thirst. Cools the body. Prevents high blood pressure (but doesn’t cure it). Sipping Breath is also a preliminary technique used to train the body and mind to recognize, and be at ease in, the “breathless state.”

Alternate Nostril Breathing:

Benefits: Blood system is oxidized. Prana is circulated through the body’s main energy channels to purify and balance the nervous system. Invigorates the entire body and bring alertness to the mind. Produces lightness of body. Balances the appetite. Improves sleep. Brings a feeling of deep peace. 

Evan Stuart

Teaches: Beginning Meditation.     Evan Stuart started his meditation journey by studying Transcendental Meditation while in college. After much exploring and studying of mindfulness and Buddhist practices, he came to the Hamsa Meditation Teacher Training program to study with Caren Prentice and deepen his understanding and practice of meditation. He is a Buddhist at heart […]

Jo Ellen Legg

Teaches: Beginning Meditation, Group Meditation.    Jo Ellen started meditating during the 70’s when she was in college.  After graduation she and lived in a meditation ashram for a couple of years and even began training to become a meditation teacher.  Although she eventually left the ashram to live a full and adventurous life, she […]

Jessica Janovicz

Teaches: Meditation for Moms.    Jessica Janovicz is a life coach and certified meditation instructor. She has 2 kids of her own and tries to do ‘all the things’ with an open mind and loving heart. Jessica has been a student in Caren’s Meditation for Moms class for over 5 years. Raising two kids while […]

Sarah Colarchik

Teaches: Beginning Meditation    Sarah discovered meditation in 2005 when she opened a Wellness Center that included her Massage Practice, a yoga studio where she could teach yoga, and also provided a place for others to teach. This is where she and Caren first met. Caren was her yoga student and eventually asked if she […]

Darcey Bone

Teaches: Meditation for High School and Middle School Teens.    I was in my early 40’s when I discovered mindfulness and meditation.  At the time, I was struggling with anxiety and self-critical thoughts.  I wasn’t happy.  Though mindfulness classes and developing my meditation practice, I feel like a different person.  My struggles with anxiety and self-criticism aren’t all […]