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Movement & Meditation: Beginning and Sustaining Your Practice

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with Mareni Orduña & Syra Smith

Join us in person at 2929 24th street
OR online via Zoom: (password: 108108)
or 301-715-8592 to join by phone. Meeting ID: 545 039 806

This class is a fusion of insight meditation, somatic movement and dharma teachings for everyday living, suitable for those new to meditation or yoga as well as more experienced students.

Through these contemplative practices we can develop greater awareness, deeper connectivity and emotional resiliency through the power of our own body and the breath. We can actually grow our capacity to embody the life in front of us more fully and connect with what matters most in a more healthful and meaningful way. We will focus on cultivating greater balance, flexibility and wellbeing in a safe, inclusive environment while developing a sustainable practice.

This class includes movement, guided and silent periods of meditation, and opportunity for brief dialog. No experience necessary. All our welcome!

On weeks when Mareni is teaching, she will offer Spanish support to students.
En las semanas en que Mareni está enseñando, ofrecerá apoyo en español a los estudiantes.

Suggested donation $10 - $30.

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Mareni Orduña, born and raised in Mexico, is passionate about nature, herbalism, flamenco, yoga, mindfulness, and traveling. She learned how to meditate at a young age at her father’s martial arts school. As a young adult, she migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a bachelor’s degree in world music and cultures and has lived and traveled worldwide from New Orleans to Israel.

Mareni has completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program and the 500-hour trauma-informed Yoga Therapy Certification with Niroga Institute, and has taught Yoga and Dynamic Mindfulness throughout the past decade to youth and adults in the Bay Area. She recently completed the Power of Awareness Mindfulness training and is currently studying a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) with world-class mindfulness meditation teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

In her free time, Mareni enjoys hiking, performing flamenco, cooking, and making her own skincare products. She also practices ancestral healing traditions from the Mesoamerican cosmovisions.

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A lifelong meditator and SF Bay Area native, Syra began her personal meditation practice as a teen in 1988 and has been practicing in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 2009. She graduated East Bay Meditation Center’s Commit to Dharma program in 2011 and became a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader in 2017.

Syra teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness throughout the SF Bay Area and beyond. She proudly serves as Core Teacher with the San Francisco LGBT Sangha and is a teacher and Board Member with San Francisco Insight. For more visit