C. Sage Dames
Diana Meltsner has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 2001. She grew up in Prague where she established a meditation practice in her early twenties, and soon after discovered yoga. After she finished her college degree in Czech Republic, she moved to the US and now lives with her family in San Francisco, California.
After many years of practicing and teaching yoga, she has become a lead yoga teacher trainer for the 200-hour and Meditation Teacher trainings and a yoga therapist C-IAYT, practicing privately and at the Integral Yoga Therapy Clinic. Diana Meltsner also works as a programs manager and serves on the board of directors at Integral Yoga Institute, an urban ashram in San Francisco.
Since 2004, Diana has been working for Kaiser Permanente teaching classes for Kaiser members, doctors and staff, as well as workshops for the Worksite Wellness Department.
Diana loves nature and considers it very healing to the body and the mind. There is a kind of peace that communing with nature brings. It soothes deep tiredness and nourishes the soul. She is an avid gardener and celebrates all stages in the cycle of life. Feel free to ask her about gardening.
Fr. Kenneth Hamilton
Rabbi Pam Frydman
Rev. Jaganath Carrera
Rich Panico M.D.
Swami RamanandaE-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 45 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential. He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the United States, Europe, and South America. Ramananda co-developed the Stress Management Teacher Training program with Swami Vidyananda, has trained many teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital, and medical settings, and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a certified Yoga therapist and founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. He is a co-founder of The Spiritual Action Initiative (SAI) which brings together individuals committed to working for social justice for all beings and for the care and healing of our natural world. His warmth, wisdom, and sense of humor have endeared him to many.
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi
- Friday, June 10 2022
- 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Interfaith Meditation Conference: Live Virtual 3-Day Weekend
Fri., Jun. 10: 9:30–11:30 p.m.
Sat., Jun. 11: 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 5–8 p.m., and 9:30–11:30 p.m.
Sun., Jun. 12: 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
All times are Eastern Time
Meditation is one of the most widely used forms of spiritual practice that enables us to connect to the Divine. This timeless practice used by many different traditions gives us access to a personal center of Peace.
Joins us for an exploration of different styles of meditation led by seasoned teachers from the Buddhist, Christian, Yogic, and Sufi traditions. There will be in-depth study, practice, and an opportunity to ask questions. Some meditation experience is welcome but not necessary.
All sessions will be recorded and available to participants for 7 days.
For a 50% discount on tuition ($54), use promotion code: IMC54
9:30 – 10:00 pm – OPENING NIGHT – Truth is One, Paths Are Many – Swami Ramananda and Diana Meltsner
10:00 – 11:15 pm – The Power of Mantra and Japa – Swami Ramananda
11:15 – 11:30 pm – Mantra Repetition for World Peace and Healing – Priyanka Varma
11:00 – 11:30 am – Morning Meditation – Mia Velez
11:45 am – 1:15 pm – The Yoga Life, An Eightfold Path to Awakening – Reverend Jaganath Carrera
1:30 – 3:00 pm – Centering Prayer, Contemplative Christian Tradition – Marianne Delaporte, Amy Jobin, and Fr. Kenneth Hamilton
5:00 – 6:30 pm – Cultivating Compassion – Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi
6:45 – 8:00 pm – Mindfulness-infused Hatha Yoga, mixed level * – Diana Meltsner
9:30 – 11:00 pm – The Meditative Dances of Universal Peace – C. Sage Dames
11:00 – 11:30 pm – Interfaith Service and Prayers – Swami Ramananda
11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Mindfulness, Intention and “The Current Situation” – Rich Panico M.D.
12:45 – 2:15 pm – Jewish and Multifaith Chants for Peace –Rabbi Pam Frydman
2:30 – 3:30 pm – Final Sharing – Swami Ramananda, Diana Meltsner, and Mia Velez
* Integral Hatha Yoga mixed level classes are suitable for both beginner and advanced practitioners, gentle mat variations will be included.