Introduction to Insight Meditation will be starting again at the end of the month. Read about the class as described by former student (and Informal Classes employee) Bailey Dermanci:
The instructor, Peggy Kelley, is calm throughout class and quietly inspiring. The class is a mixture of instruction on the history of meditation in the Buddhist tradition, conversation about readings done outside of class, guided meditations and sitting and walking meditation in the Vipassana style. During class, Peggy instructs you to focus on your breath. You are to note any errant thoughts that enter your mind, but strive to clear your mind and focus just on the breath. My experience in the class was that it was very restful, partially because of the subject matter and partially because of the kind of energy that Peggy brings to the class.
See what Peggy has to say, too, in our instructor highlight interview.
Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Peggy Kelley: Students can expect to receive basic instruction in the insight meditation (vipassana) technique. We will do a few simple movements to settle down the physical body on one evening, and then gradually increase our sitting time, always following sitting with a short walking period. Often our sitting periods will be guided with my voice suggesting various ways of scanning the body, settling into the breath, and observing the mind. We will work specifically on cultivating loving-kindness (metta), compassion and altruism.
IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
PK: Insight meditation has a long history of helping people find focus and clarity of mind, even through tumultuous times. I enjoy seeing the transformation that beginning a seated home practice of meditation can bring.
IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
PK: I have been teaching vipassana meditation for more than 20 years. Since 1994 I have been fortunate to have a mentor for my meditation studies. Sister Vimala is a lay Buddhist nun in the Vipassana tradition who lived for 7 years in Sri Lanka studying and then taking vows. She has cheerfully been willing to answer questions and offer support when needed. Since 1992 I have directed the Austin Yoga Institute, where I have taught Iyengar Yoga and Vipassana meditation both on site and through Informal Classes.
Peggy’s class starts on September 29. Take the time to be mindful; learn how in the class! Register online.