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Meditation for Everyone


*UPDATE: Tom Truty is no longer able to attend. Gopi Om will still present her meditation content*

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Join longtime friends, Gopi and Tom, as they take you through an exploratory practice of breathing, concentration, and meditation techniques in this practical workshop. Tom comes from a background of study in the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism while Nicole will be drawing on her yogic background studying with her Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra. Together, they are collaborating in sharing complimentary practices learned directly from their respective lineages. Find the similarities and differences in these beneficial techniques, learn where they come from, and ask questions about establishing your own meditation practice. Please come prepared to sit and bring something to take notes, if you like.

This workshop is in conjunction with Nature Yoga's 200 hour teacher training. Space is limited, register early!

$25 in advance/ $30 day of

Staff and Unlimited Member Discount: $20 in advance/ $25 day of

**Refund Policy- In order to retain class credit, please cancel within 24 hours of workshop by emailing Refunds will not be issued for no call/no shows

** Studio Cancellation Policy- Special events and workshops require a minimum number of students to attend in order to take place. If you are interested in a workshop, we encourage you to register early. We will notify you and issue a full refund 24-48 hours in advance if a workshop is canceled due to low registration. Thank you

Born and raised in Chicago, Tom Truty spent 18 years living in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Portland, and has recently returned to his hometown. 

After many years dabbling in meditation and Tibetan Buddhism, Tom began serious study of this path in 2001, and found a home in the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism. He engaged with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)’s Discovering Buddhism education program in 2005, began volunteering in FPMT centers in 2008, and joined their staff in 2011. 

Now the Director or Education Services for the organization, Tom focuses on the Geluk tradition of meditation, using the Lamrim as a basis and employing mindfulness, analytic, and visualization techniques.

Gopi Om (Nicole Sopko) first discovered yoga by chance and was instantly intrigued. She attended her first teacher training with the sole intention of learning more about the practice, but discovered the teachings of yoga to be so transformational that she couldn't keep them to herself and began teaching in 2005. Shortly after, her practice grew immensely due to the discovery and subsequent influence of her beloved Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, who gave her the name Gopi.

Gopi has completed the advanced level (500 hour & 800 hour) Life of a Yogi teacher trainings at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York with Sri Dharma. She feels blessed to have received and to carry on his teachings. She strives to live every moment as an offering to the divine and to pass on the teachings of yoga as they have been generously shared with her. She is a vegan of nearly 20 years who knows that veganism was her first yogic practice in embracing compassion for all beings. A believer in the power of yoga as a lifestyle, Gopi feels that a playful yoga practice enables a person to approach the more mundane aspects of life with a lighter heart and a more accepting attitude. Her yogic journey has played a big role in her life and she feels lucky to have the opportunity to share that journey with others.

Gopi is the owner of Nature Sanctuary in Chicago, IL. Additionally, she works alongside her life partner, Dan, in the operation of his natural foods company, Upton's Naturals, and vegan cafe, Upton's Breakroom.

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