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Practicing Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh – Part 3

January 25, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh January 2020

Alistair is back teaching embodied meditation in Edinburgh. 

Following two sold-out courses in 2019,  Alistair Appleton is back in the Scottish capital running a third course on embodied meditation in Edinburgh. This is a consolidation of some of the work we have looked at in parts one and two. 

Based on his work as psychotherapist and his studies with the American Dharma teacher, Reggie Ray, Alistair is leading a further weekend exploring the field of ‘embodied meditation‘. It will be suitable for all levels: beginners or practitioners wanting to explore this new paradigm of meditation. You do not have to have attended the first two courses – as there will be some catching up at the beginning. 

Life becomes an embodied platform for love.

The somatic practices Alistair teaches – polyvagal tuning, earth descent, vase breathing and lower-belly anchoring – are foundational to meditation practice. We come to know our experience from the inside, not from our heads. And these core practices enable us to settle into a body-based sense of being that is very nourishing and grounding. 

Working with these practices has a benefit on our physical and mental health. But they also act as a spring board into an embodied experience of Buddhist practice.  From an embodied experience of ourselves,  we can explore the next steps of meditation much more deeply. We can explore inner peace, stabilty, awareness and compassion from a very alive place. 

Even without ‘thinking’, continued exploration of the embodied meditation leads to calmer, deeper and more loving existence. Organically, life becomes an embodied platform for love. 

What you’ll experience on this weekend of  Embodied Meditation in Edinburgh

  • a recap of the basic practices of somatic meditation
  • deep central nervous system relaxation
  • deepening our connection to the Earth
  • breathing into the lower tantien  or hara
  • bringing awareness into the seated posture
  • opening to the heart

What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course

  • We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation
  • There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.
  • Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.
  • Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice
  • We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks
  • You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.
  • After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates


How to book and financial support

Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.



January 25, 2020
January 26, 2020
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