December 9-11, 2016 | Elesa Commerse Winter Workshop Series


 A Winter Workshop with Meditation Teacher Elesa Commerse.


 Elesa is The Founder of National Meditation Month and the Founder and Co-Director of Touching Earth, the Chicago-based mindfulness learning center.  A teacher since 1977, she believes that if you can breathe, you can meditate. Her teaching approach is warm, nonsectarian, nondenominational, and free of dogma. No prior yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Learn more about her here...


The following three inspirational classes will be offered during her visit. You can attend classes individually or sign up for all three and enjoy an immersion!

RSVP to Aura and save your place. $65 for each workshop or $165 for an immersion of all three.


Sankalpa: The Highest Aspiration for Your Life

Friday, December 9th
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The saints and sages of old had great insight into the power of the positive word. In modern day language we refer to it as the power of attraction. When we open our mouths and utter, our world shows up. What you say out loud and to yourself internally on a repeated basis becomes your destiny. In this workshop, you will learn the architecture for creating powerful statements that, if you’re willing to repeat them regularly, will help you manifest the reality you desire. You have a sankalpa right now – a phrase you repeat over and over again, especially when you’re stressed. Do you know what it is? You have given that statement a great deal of power in your life. Isn’t it time to turn that around and instead proclaim the blessing…the good that is yours as well? As a human being, you have the power to do that.


Yoga Nidra: The Veil Between Two Worlds (The Waking World and The Sleeping World)

Saturday, December 10th 

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Everything becomes more available to you when you feel rested. And yet a good night’s rest is elusive to more than a third of the U.S. population. One of the most vital and important things you can do for health, longevity and the good life is to rest. Yoga Nidra is the sleep of the yogis. It is an advanced state of deep relaxation, where 30 minutes of it equates to four hours of restful sleep. This is the natural antidote to the chronic overstimulation and depletion of the nervous system. Yoga Nidra has proven effective at helping resolve trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It systematically de-programs tension from the most gross to the most subtle layers of the body and mind, resulting in a unique state of restful awareness. While laying comfortably on the floor or in a chair, the body is guided into a state of profound rest and relaxation. The mind releases its insatiable hunger to know, while the subconscious remains alert.


Sacred Chanting

Sunday, December 11th
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Many people who have tried to meditate and found it challenging experience  great joy when they chant. There are several reasons for this. First, the body is approximately 70% fluid at any given time. Sound travels five times more efficiently through fluid than it does through air. So every time you phonate – every time you chant, you vibrate the body, bathing it in exquisite, healing sound vibration. This is one of the reasons the lullaby is so effective. 

The Sanskrit word "mantra" means mind protection. When you chant, you protect the mind from unproductive thought patterns and emotions. In this way, you’re able to raise your own vibration. When we chant together, we cultivate a clearing of thought so deep we pause for a while to experience the full effect. Come as you are, willing to chant these ancient sounds that come to us from the saints and sages of old. No previous singing experience needed. This is not the choir. This is not Glee. This is sacred chanting. Easy to follow songbooks provided. We chant in the traditional "call and response" style, making it easy to follow along. 

This is being offered a second time as a chance to deepen for those who attended the first session.


RSVP to Aura and save your place. $65 for each workshop or $165 for an immersion of all three.



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