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Meditation, Open

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03/31/2019 @ 08:15 am - 08:45 am
RSY Chandra Room

Science has proven that meditating restructures our brain and can train it to concentrate, feel greater compassion, cope with stress, and more.

In this class, you will discover that meditation also has benefits far beyond what science has revealed. There are changes both subtle and profound understood only through direct experience. All you need to start is the willingness to sit and be with your own body, breath, and mind.

This class teaches you how to relax, focus and move into deeper levels of concentration. It teaches you how to relieve and eliminate anxiety, cope with the stress in your life and calm your self. You will be taught different methods of meditation from quieting the mind to focusing on the breath or an object or a thought to visualizations to affirming-type meditations. You will also prepare the body to sit comfortably and practice stillness.

Those who attend find that they are able to still the body and calm the mind by softening within and letting go of the internal chatter in the mind. This class is a life saver.

If you are late, yet wish to attend, please enter quietly so as not to disturb others.

This is a donation-based class.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of the session.

Michael Sutton
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Michael Sutton has over 40 years experience teaching the principles and mechanics of mind/body connection through martial arts, yoga, and meditation. He is a yoga teacher, martial artist, and spiritual activist. He is also the founder and director of Rising Sun Yoga. His passion is helping others to discover their inherent individual greatness. A certified and registered Hatha and Iyengar-based yoga teacher and a karate instructor, he lives as holistically as he can - contemplating, meditating, visualizing, feeling, eating smartly, staying fit, practicing yoga, and having a healthy outlook. Michael believes that thoughts and their attendant feelings are more powerful than anything you put into, or let come out of, your Self. Those same thoughts and feelings create your beliefs.

He has had the opportunity to experience many injuries including torn ligaments and tendons, ripped muscles, broken bones, fractured ribs, sprains, strains, aches and pains, vertebral problems as a result of engaging in team sports, as well as kidney challenges. He finds the only benefit to having experienced these injuries is that he understands what others have experienced, can teach people how to move properly, help re-align and balance themselves, and assist them in regaining a healthy lifestyle. He is a proponent of functional movement and mobility and believes this can be achieved by minding the messages you receive.

He also believes that thoughts and feelings, when directed properly, can heal the physical body. He has embarked on a program of physical healing in alignment with the teachings of Dr. Joe Dispenza.

Formerly a practicing herbalist, Iridologist, and health consultant, he learned to address issues holistically and has continued his education in key health related areas, conducting research through topic-related books and as a result, has had the privilege of helping many people. He also presents health-related topics to organizations and various groups alone and either with his sister, Mary Ann Amschler, former RN and now holistic counselor or Ruth Shewan, a put-into-practice-what-you-believe type of person.

For much of his life, he studied martial arts (for 33 years) before being introduced to yoga in 1999. During some of that time, he worked in the banking and software industries for 20 years.

Michael founded Rising Sun Yoga to help people change the(ir) paradigm, bring people together in community, and create a center for education in mind, body, and spirit. His classes can be slow and even, mindful and steady, or strong and flowing. Usually his classes are a combination of all of them giving you an opportunity to explore and stretch your boundaries. He is a Yoga Alliance (YA) e-RYT 500 hour Certified Yoga Instructor.

He offers both group classes and private sessions. For private classes, he can be reached at or at 716.632.5802. He also offers therapeutic yoga for anyone with injuries or chronic conditions.

Michael has a daughter, Sydney, who is a YA 500 hour certified yoga instructor, adventure seeker, world traveller, ski instructor, and outdoor wilderness guide.