Classes

The ZenSpot Institute of Vedic & Taoist Studies For Everyone

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Classes at the ZenSpot Institute cover a variety of topics that support the ancient teachings of the Vedas and the Tao. The purpose is to enhance your appreciation and understanding of these ancient teachings / practices that originate from India and China.

Current and Upcoming Classes

Begin your journey into the ancient teachings today.

Classes are held in-person and online through Zoom video conferencing.

 

Taoist Meditation
Begins September 20
Sundays: 9:00am-9:30am MST
$12 per class, 10-Pass for $79 or 32-Session Package that Includes Wednesday Qigong Class for $299
Learn the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. These meditations will be focused on cultivating inner awareness of the self for health, happiness and harmony. Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Learn the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. These meditations will be focused on cultivating inner awareness of the self for health, happiness and harmony.

Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Learning to Wait, Welcoming Receptivity: Taoist Meditation
June 1 - August 10
Wednesdays: 5:30pm - 6:45pm MST
599.00
Within The Way, meditation gauges one’s progress. Meditation as a practice and a state of being holds the key to unlock one’s relationship to the ever-expanding, intertwined universe. Words cannot adequately describe its essence or its experience since words are partial constructs. That which is partial is unable to describe the whole. With that said, meditation enables us to awaken, connect, quiet, flow, expand, relinquish, grow, see, hear, feel and know. Through meditation the open door invites the practitioners into... More

Within The Way, meditation gauges one’s progress. Meditation as a practice and a state of being holds the key to unlock one’s relationship to the ever-expanding, intertwined universe. Words cannot adequately describe its essence or its experience since words are partial constructs. That which is partial is unable to describe the whole. With that said, meditation enables us to awaken, connect, quiet, flow, expand, relinquish, grow, see, hear, feel and know. Through meditation the open door invites the practitioners into stillness of mind and openness of heart. Now you become one with the cosmos.

In this class, you will study, discuss and practice an eighth century A.D. classic, described as “one of the most important Taoist texts ever written” and considered “the definitive work on the method of Taoist meditation known as Nei Guan (internal observation).” Central to the practice will be consideration of the essence of trust, respect and virtue.

Students will order and use the book, Daoist Meditation, The Purification of the Heart Method of Meditation and Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting, by Wu Jyh Cherng (2014).

This course fulfills requirements for 1. 200 Hour Qigong Certification and 2. Level 1, The Way of the Tao. Students receive 10 contact hours.

Location: From your own location via Zoom

Great Taoists – Chuang Tzu, Part 3
June 5 - August 21
Sundays: 4:30pm-5:30pm MST: 6/5, 6/12, (no class on Father’s Day, 6/19), 6/26, (no class on 7/3), 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21.
$210 for 3 months or $80 per month if paying monthly.
Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452). Part 3 will take us into the application for the present. A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant... More

Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452). Part 3 will take us into the application for the present.

A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant sharing in the reading of the text and then participating in conversation. Roughly 70% reading with 30% discussion. Learning to listen and absorb, the experiences will draw you into the mind of Chuang Tzu and unveil a path for living fully, The Natural Way.

Students will use and read from the book, Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu by Hua-Ching Ni.

This course fulfills a requirement for Level 1, The Way of the Tao.

Woman Warrior Summer 2022 Pop-Up Series
June 24 - September 24
June 24th at 6pm, July 15th at 7am, August 12th at 7am + September 24th at 9am
$75 for the Series or $25 per Session
Join the Woman Warrior Circle and enjoy all 4 live sessions with your sisters in the Boise Metro Area. Book the series for $75 or each individual session for $25. June 24, 6pm - Hike with Jen at Military Reserve, Boise July 15, 7am - Strength training with Amy, Kleiner Park, Meridian Aug 12, 7am - Flow with Nathaly, Sunset Park, Boise Sept 24, 9am - Qigong-Yoga with Dr. Michael and Dr. Satyavani, Julia Davis Park, Boise

Join the Woman Warrior Circle and enjoy all 4 live sessions with your sisters in the Boise Metro Area.

Book the series for $75 or each individual session for $25.

June 24, 6pm - Hike with Jen at Military Reserve, Boise

July 15, 7am - Strength training with Amy, Kleiner Park, Meridian

Aug 12, 7am - Flow with Nathaly, Sunset Park, Boise

Sept 24, 9am - Qigong-Yoga with Dr. Michael and Dr. Satyavani, Julia Davis Park, Boise

Weekly Svaroopa® Yoga Classes
September 8 - December 29
Thursdays: 6:00pm - 7:30pm MST.
$314.50 for the 17-weekly class series or $25 per class.
Join longtime Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Matrikaa (Marlene Gast) for blissful, spine-centric yoga, Thursday evenings 6–7:30 pm, September 8 through December 29.  Class size is limited to 11 students.  This user-friendly, slower-paced yoga provides deep and organic spinal realignment.  Svaroopa® poses are precise and compassionate, personalized for your needs and abilities.  These poses dissolve the deepest layers of your physical tensions.  You get instantaneous relief from most aches and pains.  It’s simple yet profound.  You learn how to melt away the years... More

Join longtime Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Matrikaa (Marlene Gast) for blissful, spine-centric yoga, Thursday evenings 6–7:30 pm, September 8 through December 29.  Class size is limited to 11 students.  This user-friendly, slower-paced yoga provides deep and organic spinal realignment.  Svaroopa® poses are precise and compassionate, personalized for your needs and abilities.  These poses dissolve the deepest layers of your physical tensions.  You get instantaneous relief from most aches and pains.  It’s simple yet profound.  You learn how to melt away the years and the scars at the same time.  You unravel your mental and emotional tangles along with your karmas.  Deep healing as well as renewed energy, strength and flexibility — it's all noticeable after your first class.

Tuition is $314.50 for the 17-weekly class series.  Per class tuition is $25.

Svaroopa® Yoga Workshop
September 17 - January 1
September 17, October 29, November 19, 2022: 1:00pm - 4:00pm MST.
Early Bird (at least 7 days in advance) $40 or $54 (if shorter then 7 days in advance).
Ahh - the bliss of doing more yoga! Treat yourself to three hours of spine-healthy Svaroopa® yoga with Carolyn (Karuna) Beaver on September 17, October 29 and November 19. Workshops run from 1 to 4 p.m. The Svaroopa® practice is deeply healing. It’s not a work out – it’s a work IN. The poses unravel spinal tension, which unravels mental and emotional tension too. Precise alignments and hands-on adjustments will deepen your experience. This is user-friendly yoga – accessible to new students and seasoned... More

Ahh - the bliss of doing more yoga! Treat yourself to three hours of spine-healthy Svaroopa® yoga with Carolyn (Karuna) Beaver on September 17, October 29 and November 19.

Workshops run from 1 to 4 p.m. The Svaroopa® practice is deeply healing. It’s not a work out – it’s a work IN. The poses unravel spinal tension, which unravels mental and emotional tension too. Precise alignments and hands-on adjustments will deepen your experience.

This is user-friendly yoga – accessible to new students and seasoned practioners. Carolyn is a 700-hour certified Svaroopa® yoga teacher and a 500-hour RYT and Yoga Accredited Continuing Education Provider with the Yoga Alliance.

Early bird workshop fees are $40 if paid seven days or more in advance and $54 thereafter. Register for all three for $108.

Kundalini Yoga Rebirthing Series - Part 3
October 11 - November 15
Tuesdays: 6:15pm- 8:00pm MST
$85 for the six-week series or $18 per class
Led by Mantra Simran Kaur and Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa. Yogi Bhajan’s Rebirthing series are some of the most talked about classes he offered in his 35 years of teaching.  By healing wounds of the past, we start to create a new life, a new way of being, and we start to live in alignment with who we truly are. These classes have the profound transformational power of healing the pain of the past and helping to overcome the obstacles that keep us from living our best... More

Led by Mantra Simran Kaur and Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa.

Yogi Bhajan’s Rebirthing series are some of the most talked about classes he offered in his 35 years of teaching.  By healing wounds of the past, we start to create a new life, a new way of being, and we start to live in alignment with who we truly are.

These classes have the profound transformational power of healing the pain of the past and helping to overcome the obstacles that keep us from living our best lives, awakened, vibrant, potent, and present to our purpose.  There are 31 separate classes in this Rebirthing series.

This third six-week series is an opportunity to continue to drop some baggage and become clearer in mind and purpose through movement, breath, mantra, mudra and sound.