Rich Ray has practiced meditation, yoga, the eastern arts and philosophic systems for over 20 years. He trained 4 years as a resident monk at a silent monastery. He taught yoga and meditation at state prisons in California and New Hampshire and started a meditation program at a women’s county jail in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rich is a KPJAYI Level 2 authorized teacher and co-directs a Mysore yoga program at Down Under Yoga in Brookline, MA and Ashtanga Portland Maine with Kate O’Donnell. He has made a multitude of trips to India for study. He holds 200 hour and 700 hour yoga certificates and a 200 hour Ayurvedic certificate from the Boston School of Ayurveda. A practicing bodyworker for seven years, he was a licensed LMT. Rich dedicates his time guiding people to realize their inherent wholeness and embodied experience of wisdom.
Buddhist Meditation in the Mahayana Tradition
The Great Vehicle, Mahayana, takes into account the universal, open hearted interconnection of all sentient beings. The foundation of practice is sitting meditation: focusing attention on the present moment. This focus brings to light the mind’s constant stream of conditioned thought, which can then be disengaged from. Soon we are able to be with what is “between” or “behind” the thoughts – inner peace, calm, spaciousness and creativity. This experience of inner peace is Who You Really Are. With practice we can choose to drop that which separates us from the authentic experience of ourselves. We can make new choices. We can act differently. We find freedom from unconscious habits that limit our possibility for living whole and happy lives. We learn to be present to Life and take that presence out into our daily lives enriching relationships with our loved ones, co workers and most importantly, ourselves.
The Ashtanga Yoga System
Traditionally, the practice is learned from one teacher, in increments, over the course of time. As one posture is mastered, the next is offered. “Mysore style” refers to the way the practice was taught in the city of its origins, Mysore. In this style, students move at their own pace, and the teacher has the ability to observe and adjust students individually. Class is appropriate for absolute beginners, as well as advanced students. All are welcome.