Classes on Mind Oasis are designed to amplify and align your life through deeper studies to support your meditative and spiritual life.

Most sessions are offered in a multi-week series format to encourage a routine that supports your meditation practice. We offer one-off workshops as well.

Here is a FAQ to help you with any questions you might have about our live online classes.

Featured Classes

Sanskrit Studies Method:Introduction to Sanskrit with Manorama
April 14 and 21, 2020
5:00pm-7:00pm CT
Two Day Workshop

This Sanskrit Studies Method course is an introduction to the Sanskrit language and the culture of the modern yogi. We will look at select sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, two commonly chanted mantras in yoga classes around the globe. We’ll practice pronouncing select asana names. You’ll also be introduced to Luminous Soul Meditation and select principles for authentic yogic living.

Miss a day? We’ve got you covered. Video is posted within 24-48 hours after the session.

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Brought to You by Senior Students of Lama Marut: CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES OF EASTERN SPIRITUALITY
Various Teachers including Lauren Benjamin, Dima Yepishin, Brian Reid, and Denise Deniger
Sundays, starting January 2020
12 Courses – Six-Weeks each
2 Hour Sessions, 6:30pm CT
All sessions are recorded if you miss a class or wish to revisit concepts and/or meditations.

To honor their Teacher’s commitment to help us all become better for others, The Classical Texts and Authentic Practices curriculum will now be taught by senior students of Lama Marut. The CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES OF EASTERN SPIRITUALITY curriculum offers a progressively unfolding, comprehensive course of study in the wisdom and practical application of Eastern spirituality as it pertains to modern life. Based on Lama Marut’s original translations and relevant, applicable interpretations of the Sanskrit classics of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic traditions, these courses cover a wide range of teachings and practices from an inclusive, comparative, and non-sectarian point of view. They are designed to provide an in-depth, systematic, and coherent foundation and overall framework for any serious spiritual practitioner — from beginners to experienced teachers, regardless of one’s religious affiliation or the lack thereof.

Each course consists of six weekly two-hour interactive online classes, including lecture, discussion, and guided meditation portions. Each class also includes an easily applicable and effective practice designed to integrate the teachings into daily life. There will be alloted time to discuss, interact, and share your thoughts, reactions, and experiences of the material covered.

The curriculum as a whole is comprised of twelve courses to be taught over two years. When taken together, these stand-alone courses constitute an extensive course of study in the classical scriptures and principal practices of Eastern spirituality. Participants are, however, welcome to register for any one, several, or all of these interrelated yet self-contained course offerings.

Brought to you in partnership with Inner Way LA and Mind Oasis.

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Mindful Living: How to Live Fully and Happily in the Present
Brian Reid
Sundays, 8th March – 19th April
6:30pm CT (4pm PT/5pm MT/7pm ET)
2-hours
*Please note we will not meet on the 15th of March.

The success of one’s meditation sessions and the application of mindfulness throughout the day requires certain adjustments in lifestyle as well as instruction in the actual techniques for “mindful living.”  In this course, we review and offer practical ways to apply the authentic teachings on mindfulness drawn from the classical spiritual texts dealing with the subject.

Topics include: “Living a Life Conducive to Mindfulness,” “The Practice of Mindfulness and the Obstacles to It,” “Taming the Mind,” and “Mindfulness in Action.”

Benefits of the Course:

  • Acquire authentic mindfulness training based on the ancient classics
  • Create a mindful lifestyle
  • Avoid activities detrimental to mindfulness
  • Learn meditations and contemplations for establishing priorities
  • Cultivate the methods for mental awareness and successful meditation

Based on selections from the Buddha’s Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Kamalashila’s Bhavana Krama, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, and Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

To honor their Teacher’s commitment to help us all become better for others, The Classical Texts and Authentic Practices curriculum will now be taught by senior students of Lama Marut. Interested in all 12 courses? Learn more here.

Brought to you in partnership with Inner Way LA and Mind Oasis.

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Classes

Heart of the Teacher
Rotating Facilitators: Sheena Brockington-Taylor (March)
Mondays
9:00am CT, 45 mins

This series is designed to help teachers discover ways to build a community of students, online and offline, who resonate with their teaching philosophy. We’ll explore ways to keep students connected to their practice, inspired, and curious — and coming back for more.

Nurture your teacher’s heart by joining in weekly practice and discussion with other meditation teachers. Connect with fellow instructors while sharing the joys and challenges of walking the path of teacher and practitioner. $20 for the month.

April: Joseph Schwartz will help us to explore using sensation in your practice. Known for his exceptional cadence and guidance, Joseph will bring us into the realm of experiential learning as a platform for personal exploration of all that arises during a sit.

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Mythical Spirit Animals: Journeying with These Incredible Guides
Libby Brittain
Thursdays, 5 March, 2nd April, 7th May, and 4th of June 2020
7:00-8:00pm CT

Empower your life by Shamanic Journeying with spirit animals. Join Libby for this 4-Part Series to explore their healing properties, empowering traits and the benefits of cultivating these relationships.

You can expect a brief meditation, history/background and journeying with the selected mythical spirit animal, closing connection and discussion of the journey, and how to connect and work with the mythical spirit animal moving forward. Drop-Ins available!

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Quiet Mind, Open Heart: The Six Perfections
Kelly Ann Lindsey
Tuesdays, 24th March – 28th April 2020
9am CT (7am PT, 8am MT, 9am CT, 10am ET)
75 minutes

The Buddha described the practice of meditation as a vehicle that we use to travel the path from suffering to liberation, like a boat that helps us cross from one side of a river to the other. In this six week morning meditation series we will explore Buddhist teachings on the Six Paramitas, which are six qualities that we cultivate on the path of meditation: generosity, kindness, patience, joy, meditation, and wisdom. We will also explore teachings on karma and discuss the role of karma in practicing the paramitas. Each class will include a short Dharma talk, meditation, and an opportunity for personal reflection and discussion. This Buddhist meditation series is open to new and continuing students.

WARNING: There may be Mary Oliver poems and One Song Dance Parties and other unconventional methods used to explore this very traditional teaching!

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Vessel Academy Training, 3-Modules (Register for one or two or all three!): Meditation Secrets and Foundation, Life and Deathlessness, and Better for Others
Michael Hewett

One for the mind: Meditation – Secrets and Foundation
One for the spirit: Life and Deathlessness – Impermanence, subtle body and lucid dreaming
One for the heart: Better for Others – The Path of the Bodhisattva

The union of these three trainings will put you in touch with a deeper dimension of love & reality.

Secrets and Foundation:
Tuesdays 3 March – 31 March 2020
6pm CT (90 minutes)

Life and Deathlessness:
Sundays
9 February – 8 March 2020
11am CT (90 minutes)

Path of the Bodhisattva:
Thursdays
TBD
6pm CT (90 minutes)

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How to Meditate Beautifully
Facilitated by Karuna
Thursdays, 8am CT (6am PT, 7am MT, 8am CT, 9am ET)
5 – 26th March 2020
60 minutes

A 4-Week Series with Karuna; the second in her Living Beautifully year-long exploration with Pema Chödrön. No need to have attended the prior modules — you’re welcome to register for individual modules or the entire year-long series.

Each class will be an invitation to recharge your battery, recommit to living beautifully, and reset your intention for the week.

In this module, we will be leaning on Pema Chödrön’s book, “How to Meditate.” Appropriate for experienced and beginning meditators alike – we can all use refreshers to hone and level-up our practice!

“If we can train ourselves through meditation to be more open and more accepting toward the wild arc of our experience, if we can lean into the difficulties of life and the ride of our minds, we can become more settled and relaxed whatever life brings us.” – Pema Chodron

We will explore five remarkably helpful qualities that begin to emerge over our lifetime of practice:

  • Nurturing steadfastness with ourselves
  • Generating clear seeing
  • Cultivating courage
  • Developing attention and presence
  • Embracing “No.Big.Deal.”

Perfect prep for anyone who has signed up for the “Living Beautifully” Mind Oasis Meditation Retreat happening Apr 2nd-5th 2020 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

These teachings – that are so relevant to the divisive world in which we find ourselves — are meant to open your heart and mind to the raw experience of the turbulent river of life and to learn how to both embrace and navigate this groundlessness. The invitation will be to let go of our habitual patterns to unveil what else is available to us.

“My vision is that participants will leave each session feeling recharged and energized for whatever uncertainty and change they meet that week. To live beautifully requires us to spend time in quiet reflection, mindful action, and self-care/retreat. Finding a way to integrate spiritual practices into each breath we take and our actions while living and working out and about in the world is my greatest desire. Together we will explore the many ways we each are caring and supporting others and ourselves.” — Karuna

Whether you sign up for the entire year or just one series at a time, the touchstone of one hour each devoted to living beautifully will have a profound effect on your spirit.

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Living Beautifully – A Year-Long Study with Pema Chödrön (2020)
Facilitated by Karuna
Thursdays, 8am CT (6am PT, 7am MT, 8am CT, 9am ET)
60 minutes

When we become more insightful and compassionate about how we ourselves get hooked, we spontaneously feel more tenderness for the human race. Pema Chödrön

How is your spirit today? This is a question you’ll be asked each week during this year-long exploration of Pema Chödrön wisdom bombs. Expect that each week we’ll discuss a new quote or chapter from the book of choice for that particular series; coupled with meditation practices designed to bring about insight, compassion, and wisdom. Your heart-felt experiences will inform our time together while Karuna expertly weaves this into day-to-day practices you can experiment with both on and off the cushion.

“My vision is that participants will leave each session feeling recharged and energized for whatever uncertainty and change they meet that week. To live beautifully requires us to spend time in quiet reflection, mindful action, and self-care/retreat. Finding a way to integrate spiritual practices into each breath we take and our actions while living and working out and about in the world is my greatest desire. Together we will explore the many ways we each are caring and supporting others and ourselves.” — Karuna

Whether you sign up for the entire year or just one series at a time, the touchstone of one hour each devoted to living beautifully will have a profound effect on your spirit.

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Author Spotlight and Bookclub

Stay tuned for the 2020 schedule.

MOBC and Author Spotlight is lightly facilitated. We meet for 60 minutes to meditate, discuss, and enjoy the MO’ Conscious Community once a month!

The bookclub is free to attend.

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Teacher Trainings

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Mind Oasis 300-Hour Meditation Intensive and Teacher Training
Facilitated by Karuna and Guest Teachers
September 2019 – March 2020
All classes are live, online, and interactive.
Applications are due by July 15th.

This 300-hour intensive is designed to amplify your practice and your life. With two-tracks (teacher training and personal growth), you can decide where you want to go on this journey. You can join from the comfort of your home or anywhere you are in the world, as all classes – including the opening retreat – are live and online. They are interactive – this is not a pre-recorded course. Real training. Real talk. Real people.

Teacher Training: If you’re looking to teach meditation, this intensive is designed to train and certify you as a meditation teacher that is well-qualified to teach live in-person or online classes, and/or guided recorded meditations. After eight-weeks of shoring up your personal practice, you’ll start your practicum teaching meditation on Community Meditation. At the end of March, you will receive a 300-Hour certificate of completion and it is our intention to provide you a place to teach on Mind Oasis if you so choose.

Personal Growth: If you simply want to reap the benefits of an intensive but aren’t sure if you want to become a teacher – this track is for you. You won’t have to decide for the first eight-weeks of the intensive, as both tracks will be engaged in the exact same activities up until this point. If at the end of the first eight-weeks you know that you don’t want to teach, then you will engage in attending classes taught by those in the Teacher Training and other classes offered on Mind Oasis rather than the practicum teaching opportunity via Community Meditation.

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Coming Soon

Retreats

Living Beautifully
A Mind Oasis Retreat led by Founder Karuna
April 2nd – 5th — 2020
Rocky Mountains, CO
Sunshine Mountain Lodge

20 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park (extra evening add-on available for Sunday night with advance notice).
$595 – includes transportation to/from DIA; lodging, all meals from arrival Thursday evening through departure Sunday late morning; beautifully guided meditations and talks; plus access to Karuna’s “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change” series in January and February on Mind Oasis. Vegetarian Fare; shared (but lovely!) accommodations.

Saturday evening will include Ecstatic Dance with Liz Tucker. She’ll introduce participants to the waves of dance available to us.

Throughout our time together, we’ll be weaving in the pragmatic and inspiring writings found in Pema Chodron’s book, “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change.” We will explore Three Commitments Pema proposes that can help us, “experience freedom of life without a storyline.” The Commitments are to: Cause No Harm, Care for One Another, and Embrace The World Just As It Is. These teachings – that are so relevant to the divisive world in which we find ourselves — are meant to open your heart and mind to raw experience of the turbulent river of life and to learn how to both embrace and navigate this groundlessness. The invitation will be to let go of our habitual patterns to unveil what else is available to us.

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