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Dawn Mauricio
Meditation + Yoga

About

Dawn is a yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centered approach. She is known for her boundless energy, and smiling personality that are both contagious, and motivating. Teaching since 2006, she has received certifications from Spirit Rock Meditation Center, True North Insight, Naada Yoga, and Yoga Tune Up®.

Dawn has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, and has completed numerous silent residential retreats in Canada, the US, Thailand, and Burma, including a 3-month silent retreat at Insight Meditation Society. She has completed several programs of meditation studies from True North Insight (2-year teaching mentorship), and Spirit Rock Meditation Center (18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, 2-year Dedicated Practitioners' Program). Currently, Dawn is a student in two multi-year teacher training programs to enable her to lead silent residential retreats for both teenagers with Inward Bound Meditation and adults with Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

In 2007 she co-founded the Yoga Mala Foundation, a Montreal-based non-profit organization that supports the development of yoga programs in underserved communities. Dawn continues to be involved as a board member. She is also a board member for True North Insight, a charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist Insight (Vipassana) meditation retreats and courses in English and French. 

Drawing from her deep experience in yoga and meditation, she delivers an effective balance of clear, precise instruction and mental reflection. Dawn firmly believes that how we offer ourselves in practice reflects how we offer ourselves in life, inspiring her to find new ways to extend her practice beyond the yoga mat and meditation cushion - and encouraging her students to do the same.

Her teachings are consistently inspired by Pascal Auclair, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, YuMee Chung, Jill Miller, and her Naada Yoga students.

Click here to see a list of Dawn's teacher training certifications.
Click here to see a list of special events and trainings in which Dawn was a guest teacher or lecturer.
Click here to see a list of press articles in which Dawn was featured.

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

- Henry David Thoreau -

Meditation

Countless studies have shown that mindfulness meditation decreases stress, lowers blood pressure, improves brain function and the immune system, enhances sleep, and increases tolerance for discomfort and pain.

In addition to all these known benefits, it also makes you a better human being.

This may sound like a tall order, yet when you break down your seemingly one extended life into individual moments, choosing wisely and living with heart becomes more accessible.

With sustained practice, mindfulness meditation teaches you to see clearly the things you don't normally see because you're distracted, hiding, overlooking them, or running from them. When you slow down enough, the things you think matter - the superficial things - fall away, and what is revealed is how your mind functions, and how your heart responds.

This is what makes Dawn passionate about spreading the practice of mindfulness through yoga and meditation.

There are a few ways in which you can walk this path with Dawn:

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

- Pema Chödrön -

Events

MARCH

Awaken Presence Guided Meditation Program Launch
Tuesday March 14 (5:30-8:00pm) FREE, Lolë Atelier Ste. Catherine (954 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 1E3) (English)
Awaken Presence: Guided Meditation Program was designed for anyone interested in meditation, whether you are just beginning, would like to build up to an autonomous practice, or are looking to jump start an existing one. Come and discover what this practice and program is all about.
Throughout the evening Dawn will lead a guided meditation, as well as share the lessons she learned during her 3-month silent retreat, lessons that anyone – retreatant or not – can apply for a tranquil, resilient heart and mind.
Everyone who attends will receive a free guided meditation that you can download. At 8:00pm two lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive the Awaken Presence Guided Meditation Program and other goodies free! Must be present to win.

Meditation 101
Thursday March 23 - Sunday March 26, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2) (English)
This course will explore yoga postures and meditation as a practice of awareness and awakening: in-class as we practice or teach, and outside the classroom in our daily lives. Meditation instruction will include seated and walking practices, as well as dyad and group explorations. We will also examine the inter-relationship of meditation, breath, and asana to better understand how body, emotions, and sensations can bring us deeper into any practice form. Various forms and practices will be explored, helping each student find an approach that works best for them. Read more here.

APRIL

Love Your Many Sides
Saturday April 8 (1:30pm-4:30pm) $40, Centre Yoga Santé (205 Boulevard Curé-Labelle #102, Ste-Rose, Laval, QC H7L 2Z9) (French)
Mindfulness Meditation helps us see that life is filled with both joys and sorrows, and the sooner we understand and accept this, the sooner we can find peace. Through discussion, and practicing a unique version of loving-kindness meditation, explore how to love all the parts of ourselves, and find perfection in the imperfection.

Sangha: The Imperfect Jewel
Sunday April 9 Time (9:00-11:00am), Burlington Yoga Conference at University of Vermont Davis Center (590 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401) (English)
To know our practice is “working” goes beyond the amazing physical feats on the mat or impressive mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Sangha, the Sanskrit word for “community”, provides us with rich opportunities that show us how our internal practice meets the outside world. Through meditation and discussion, learn how being a better human in every moment is possible.

Yoga Tune Up® Flow
Sunday April 9 (11:30am-1:00pm), Burlington Yoga Conference at University of Vermont Davis Center (590 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401) (English)
This playful flow incorporates the nuts & bolts of sound biomechanics while challenging your body from every conceivable angle. Break through stagnant and habitual patterns with innovative and surprising detours using targeted mini-viniyasas, dynamic stretches and unconventional asana. Workshop also includes therapy ball work.

Meditation Daylong
Sunday April 23 (10:00am-3:30pm), Mile Ex 

MAY

Awaken Presence: Meditation Master Classes
Friday May 12 (6:00-9:00pm) - Sunday May 14 (9:00am-12:00pm Saturday and Sunday), Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2T 1Y1) (bilingual)
Just as the poses of a yoga class are linked together by our breath, the actions in life are linked together by our intention and presence. Mindfulness is the beginning of a whole path of practice that develops a clear seeing that sets the ground for wise actions.

Intention and Presence: Taking Your Practice Off the Cushion
Saturday May 27 (8:00-8:40am), Banff Yoga Festival at Fenlands Recreation Centre (100 Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB) (English)
Just as the poses of a yoga class are linked together by our breath, so are our actions in life linked together by our intention and presence. Mindfulness is the beginning of a whole path of practice that develops a clear seeing that sets the ground for wise actions. Come prepared for a short talk and guided meditation to inspire the rest of your festival, and beyond. Sign up here.

Sangha: The Imperfect Jewel
Saturday May 27 (1:30-2:30pm), Banff Yoga Festival at Fenlands Recreation Centre (100 Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB) (English)
To know our practice is “working” goes beyond the amazing physical feats on the mat or impressive mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Sangha, the Sanskrit word for “community”, provides us with rich opportunities that show us how our internal practice meets the outside world. Through meditation and discussion, learn how being a better human in every moment is possible and accessible. Sign up here.

Mindfulness and Me: Meditation Basics
Sunday May 28 (8:00-8:40am), Banff Yoga Festival at Fenlands Recreation Centre (100 Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB) (English)
Meditation simply means staying present on purpose and without judgment. Despite its definition and often simple techniques, it can prove to be a challenging, yet widely opening, practice. Come prepared to discuss the common misconceptions of meditation and the basics to practice, and receive a guided meditation. Sign up here.

JUNE

Sangha: The Imperfect Jewel
Saturday June 3 (1:30pm-4:30pm) $40, Centre Yoga Santé (205 Boulevard Curé-Labelle #102, Ste-Rose, Laval, QC H7L 2Z9) (French)
To know our practice is “working” goes beyond the amazing physical feats on the mat or impressive mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Sangha, the Sanskrit word for “community”, provides us with rich opportunities that show us how our internal practice meets the outside world. Through meditation and discussion, learn how being a better human in every moment is possible.

AUGUST

Wanderlust Festival Tremblant
Friday August 25 - Sunday August 27, Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort (1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1T1)
Join me for ten meditation workshops offered in both English and French, for beginners and teachers alike. Click here for more details.

SEPTEMBER

Intention and Presence
Saturday September 23 (1:00-4:00pm) $45, Ôm Yoga Québec (1480 Boulevard Louis-XIV, Ville de Québec, Québec, G2L 1W7) (French)
The most telling place where the quality of our practice speaks most clearly is not in the amazing physical feats on the mat or exciting mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Just as the poses of a yoga class are linked together by our breath, so are our actions in life linked together by our intention and presence. In this workshop, we will explore the larger context of intentions, and highlight how a meditation practice is just that – a practice – for living a life full of meaning, all of the time. Sign up here.

The Healing in Feeling
Sunday September 24 (9:00am-12:00pm) $45, Ôm Yoga Québec (1480 Boulevard Louis-XIV, Ville de Québec, Québec, G2L 1W7) (French)
Feelings control most of our inner life yet we are often unconscious of them. By paying particular attention to our feelings we can begin to see which ones create stories, scare us, bind us, or free us. Through a few guided meditations and discussion, learn the importance of feelings, and how to skillfully deal with them so that no part of you gets left out. Sign up here.

Schedule

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Like a shadow, I am and I am not.

- Rumi -

Contact

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Please note that I am currently not taking new students for private instruction.