Vajra Yoga & Meditation (VY&M) integrates Buddhist meditation and philosophy directly into the practice of (hatha) yoga. It is contemplative, contemporary and practical. Vajra means diamond – like , and so is our intention to see things as clearly as possible for what they are.
By nurturing the awareness and experience of the body as the home for the mind, we can arrive at a state of health, well-being and self-knowledge regardless of the condition of our physical bodies. We can see the body as a reflection of the mind and the heart, and gather them all together to embrace, communicate and live in harmony.
If you have been seeking a practice that is meditative, personal and sane, we believe you have come to the right place.
Vajra Yoga + Meditation is now located in Berkeley, California.
About Jill Satterfield – Integrative Mind Body Counselor, Teacher, Mentor, Speaker
Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga & Meditation, a synthesis of yoga and Buddhism that combines meditation, yoga, visualization and contemplation practices. She is also the Founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Education for Communities in Need and Those Who Serve Them – a not for profit that trains teachers and works directly with specific populations – by providing yoga therapy, meditation and education to those suffering with chronic pain and illnesses, PTSD, and addictions.
Jill turned to yoga 30 + years ago as a successful effort to heal from a debilitating physical condition coupled with acute chronic pain. In 1992, she extended her exploration of the integral relationship of the mind and body through the study of Buddhism. Through combining the two disciplines – yoga and Buddhism – she healed beyond all medical prognoses.
Jill is on the faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Centers Mindfulness for Yoga Teacher Training and the Kripalu Institute’s Integral Leadership Program for young adults. She was the scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004. She has been teaching for over 30 years.
For the past 25 years, Jill has been traveling and teaching Vajra Yoga making it a pioneer system of the Mind Body field. Vajra Yoga + Meditation has been offered in and beyond meditation and yoga centers including the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock Mediation Center, Amaravati Monastery, the Garrison Institute, the Kripalu Center, the Omega Institute, Integrative Nutrition Institute, Martha Stewart facilities, with Dr. Mark Hyman on Detox retreats. Vajra Yoga + Meditation is taught in hospitals, mental health facilities, addiction centers and alternative to incarceration facilities.
Jill and her primary teacher Venerable Ajahn Amaro collaborated to bring yoga into silent Buddhist retreats over 20 years ago – being of the first to offer body oriented support to what was traditionally a mind only practice.Since then, Jill has also taught on retreat with Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche and many teachers in the Shambhala tradition.
Vajra has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Tricycle Magazine, Shambhala Sun, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Self, BET and Marie Claire. Jill was named one of the four leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country by the Shambhala Sun.
About The School for Compassionate Action
Meditation, Yoga + Education for Communities in Need and Those who Serve Them is a non profit group of highly skilled yoga and meditation teachers, clinical psychologists, social workers and contemplative Buddhist psychotherapists. SCA provides trainings to those interested in teaching and classes for those who might directly benefit from the awareness practices of yoga and mindfulness meditation.
To bring a School for Compassionate Action training or workshop to your hospital, venue , yoga center etc. please write to: info at vajrayoga dot com