First Thursday Of Every Month, 7:30pm We are so excited to announce that the first Thursday of every month Joseph Ayaz Newland will be doing meditation! Meditation is a key to finding your true self and our place in the Universe. In these sessions we will explore practices from Sufi and other contemplative traditions that work with breath, energy and consciousness. No experience necessary—just a desire to explore inner space and the vast reaches of the cosmos . Bring a favorite meditation cushion or bench if you have one; stigma-free chairs are available Time: 7:30pm
Joseph Ayaz Newland has been a student of Sufism, and of yoga, for over 30 years. A representative in the Sufi Order International, he is a student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Pir Zia Inayat Khan, and has sat with other teachers in a number of contemplative traditions. Joseph Ayaz is a lover of light, the path of beauty, and the epiphany of the everyday. He recently led a meditation course in the Rothko Chapel’s “Rejuvenate: Find Balance in a Bungalow” series.
Fourteen years of practice and intensive study with master yoga teachers inform the teachings of Dana Shamas, founder of Bayou Bliss Yoga - Center for Integrative Healing. Through her yoga practice, she has learned to walk through the challenges of life with grace, and enjoys helping her clients to do the same. Dana began her yoga practice while studying at Bryn Mawr College before moving to New York and London, where yoga helped to keep her grounded after long days at the Goldman Sachs. Later on, she took her practice with her to U.C. Berkeley where she earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and subsequently helped to start a variety of socially-conscious companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. In partnership with the practice of yoga, Dana uses the infinitely powerful tool of human breath to help bring about awareness and positive change in her clients lives. Dana is a certified practitioner and trainer with the Global Breathwork Alliance, she leads individual, corporate and group breath sessions, and offers life coaching. Dana wishes to thank her teachers Sharon and David Gannon, John Friend, J.D. Thomas and all of the other beings who have helped her to become who she is today. As a Houston native, she is grateful to be back. Once again serving her home city, and passing on the gifts she has gathered during her life and study. www.bayoublissyoga.com