Some of our offerings are centuries old practices based on the work of the saints and mystics, such as icon writing, the Ignatian exercises, and Benedictine practices. Others are eastern influenced like yoga, tai chi, and meditation. We will pair many of these practices, old and new, with our curiosities about how to navigate the complexities of modern life. Most importantly, we’ll be holding space to discover God in the city and spirit in the Center of our lives.
Fridays 12p and 12:30p | $10 |Andrea Soto-Innes |
Want to live a more centered, mindful life? Interested in learning and practicing meditation on a regular basis?
Many people find meditation to be an essential element of a balanced, centered life and experience both physical and mental benefits from their practice. These guided Meditation Sessions are a great way to reconnect with yourself as the week draws to a close.
Follow this link to review class times and teachers. Are you looking for class that is tailored to what you need each time you show up? Every teacher you encounter at the Hines Center is highly skilled at providing the best class for the practitioners that arrive for the class. This may include Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Flow, and others and in combination.
On any given Friday during lunchtime, near the corner of Main and Prairie downtown, you might notice people blowing bubbles to regulate their breathing, standing hunched over their phones to send a kind text, or writing lists of things for which they are grateful. You’ll see Hines Center staff members holding hand-painted signs with messages like “Practice Gratitude” or “Practice Kindness,” smiling at passersby and engaging anyone who stops to ask what’s going on. You have found Pop-Up Practices!
I have been practicing yoga since I was fourteen. Every day after school I would practice along with a VHS tape and it was one of the first things I learned to do “for myself.” This continued through college. Yoga introduced me to friends, mentors and leaders who, to this day, help me to
Be true to myself;
Compassionate to others; and
Fierce in my pursuit of peace (it takes effort!).
I bring all my energy and whatever wisdom I’ve gleaned so far to the Hines Center and to our incredible members and students. Every moment I spend with them is a gift.
And this is my gift in return. Of the things I’ve learned, this is what I practice every day, and what I believe has made all the difference:
My niece says I have earned an honorary PhD in self-help. After a significant experience of loss and desire for change, I longed for something but lacked the wisdom or strategies to get out of the patterns that no longer served me. I was spending countless hours reading, workshopping, and planning big life changes. Once I connected with a soul friend and guide, the work I was doing had traction. I was in flow with the process. It took less effort and the benefits were more immediate.
Space began to open up for me to hear my inner voice and see the opportunities all around me. More guidance and more effective strategies continued to appear and I was mindful enough and supported enough to discern how to best use my time and energy. This is the space I maintain through practice, intention, and attention to what matters most to me.