Just Sit is a unique meditation meet-up with a mission of recapturing the essence of meditation... this time without the rules, formulas and dogmas normally associated with the practice (hence its name, Just Sit.)
Created late 2009, LA residents Jerry Lee Davis and Forrest Kolb envisioned an inclusive and non-dogmatic place for people to get together and go within. Throughout 2010 the meetup increasingly attracted a growing and diverse community of people paving the way for a new location in Culver City for 2011.
"For many of us who are searching for ways to find our center, to meditate, we simply want to just sit and connect. With no specific dogma or singular affiliations, we come together as a group to hold space for our collective consciousness to rise and to support each other in becoming more familiar with our higher self," says co-founder Jerry Lee Davis.
What You Can Expect: Three 15 minute meditations with free-flowing dialogue mixed in throughout the class.
The first 15 minute settling meditation will be either to music or guided by the meditation leader. The second meditation is 20 minutes and is a silent opening meditation. The final 15 minute meditation is a “closing meditation” and will be either to music or guided by the meditation leader.
New Location: TBD for 2012
Time: Sunday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
What is a Suggested Donation and How Does It Work? There is a suggested donation of $10 a class. Suggested donation means that if you can put $10 in the box, please do. If you are not in a position to do so, contribute what you can. Nobody will be keeping track of individual donations. The $10 dollar donation is not meant as a bottom or a top limit… if you are in a position to donate more, it will be greatly appreciated.
Yesterday was a funny day. I woke up extra early in oder to get over to Glendale where I had an appointment to fit my car with a new set of shoes. For some reason I decided to have an espresso at the local Starbucks (something I don't normally do after dropping coffee for tea over a year ago.) And I regretted doing so just as I felt the bitter black stain on my tongue and teeth. I won't blame the coffee, however, after that I found myself in a cloudy funk for the better part of the day...
I remember a friend of mine telling me that I just had to check out this Yoga venue in downtown LA called Peace Yoga. She told me all about a special candlelit class they hold on Thursday nights accompanied by a "very talented harpist." If there was ever a day to head downtown and check it out, this was it.
As soon as I walked into Peace Yoga my funk was lifted... the energy was real, authentic and home-made. "This place is the real deal," I thought.
And then I met Cheri Rae Russell who according their website www.peaceyogagallery.com, "knows exactly ‘who she is’, and her passion in life has been to share her joy of the healing powers of yoga."[Oh yeah, she knows who she is alright, what a trip!]
Instantly, I recognized the passion for life in Cheri Rae's voice. She must have recognized my excitement because she said, "Just wait until you see downstairs." Just before the class started, I walked downstairs and was blown away. I could tell that someone put a lot of heart, time and resources into the place - the word that first came to my mind was "Sacred." Giddy with excitement, I ran back up the stairs to tell Cheri (who was prepping the raw meal to be served after class) how fired up I was! She was delighted to hear it...
I headed back downstairs to set up my mat when I noticed the beautiful harp and flute set up in the corner. It belonged to the angelic Sheela Bringi who along with Clinton Patterson led the class on the magical journey inward. I promise you that you have never worked out your body and mind to live music that touches your Spirit like what they're playing in this LA basement.
Now, regarding the yoga class itself, you're going to have to experience it for yourself. Words cannot describe the experience, knowledge, wisdom and passion flowing through Cheri. Yes, she'a a yoga guru, but there is something else channeling through her - for as expressive and energetic Cheri is, there is a simple, sweet and powerful teacher of life working through her. That is all I will tell you. Oh yes, you can count on me being their next Thursday.