Meditation Workshop with Chase Bossart Recap

A couple weeks ago, I took a workshop with Chase Bossart, whom I had never met until the workshop. Despite not knowing anything about him, I took the workshop because of one word in its title: meditation. (The full title is: Beyond Sequencing, The Art of Meditation.)

Chase was funny, witty, and most of all, knowledgeable. The man knows what he’s doing, and he knows what he’s talking about.

To start off nice and easy, Chase asked us, “What is meditation?” You know, a warm-up question, really. I think I may have given a smart-ass answer, something along the line of, “Meditation is me sitting on a cushion thinking about what I’m gonna do after I’m done sitting on a cushion.” Chase had a much better definition: “meditation is giving the mind its best form. Meditation is the crown jewel of yoga.”

He then gave a very convincing reason to meditate: if you see things as they are, you’re more likely to react appropriately. Meditation is where the mind facilitates perception as clearly as possible.

I’m sold, Chase, where do I sign up?

Well, I’m already signed up, not just for the workshop, but for a lifetime of meditation. The trick is, but how? And how is what we did the whole weekend, investigating sequences, concepts, and methods of meditation from a Classical and Viniyoga perspective.

Since then, I’ve incorporated what I learned in my own practice and teaching, and I’m glad I got the chance to meet Chase, and I’m sure I will see him again in the near future. He lives in the Bay Area, and travels to the Yoga Shala of Portland frequently to teach.