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Dawn Mauricio
Meditation + Yoga

Awaken Presence
Meditation Program

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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

Please note that the language in which the event description is written indicates the language in which it will be taught. Bilingual events and workshops will be specified.

MAY

Banff Yoga Festival
Friday May 26 - Sunday May 28, Fenlands Recreation Centre (100 Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB)
Join me for four meditation workshops. Click here for more details.Sign up here.

JUNE

Sangha : Le joyau imparfait
samedi 3 juin (13 h 30 à 16 h 30) 40 $, Centre Yoga Santé (205 Boulevard Curé-Labelle #102, Ste-Rose, Laval, QC H7L 2Z9)
Constater que notre pratique "fonctionne" va au-delà de l'exécution de prouesses physiques ou de l'utilisation de techniques mentales emballantes, pour se manifester plutôt dans la façon dont nous vivons. Sangha, le mot Sanskrit qui veut dire « communauté », nous fournit de riches opportunités qui nous montrent comment notre pratique interne se manifeste dans le monde externe. À travers la méditation et la discussion, découvrir comment être un meilleur humain à chaque instant est possible.

Vinyasa: A Meditation Workshop
Sunday June 4 (2:30-5:00pm) $40, ELMNT Studio (6000 Monkland Ave, Montreal, QC H4A 1G8)
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 this larger context of vinyasa, highlighting how practice is just that – a practice – for living a life full of meaning, all of the time. Come prepared for mindful meditation and discussion.

Innate Presence: The Cultivation of Awareness A Daylong Meditation Retreat
Sunday June 11 (10:00am-3:30pm) sliding scale $25-$35-$45, Yoga de l'éveil (4847 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2V 4E7)
When we slow down enough what gets revealed is how our mind functions, how our heart responds, and our natural essence of presence. Through our practice, we develop that which is skillful, and gradually let go of that which is not, providing us the opportunity to become 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. During this day together, we’ll explore the effortless nature of awareness, which in turn leads to a more mindful life. Click here for more info and to sign up.

AUGUST

Lolë White Tour morning session
Saturday August 12 (Morning session 8:00-11:30am; Evening session 3:00-6:00pm), Quai Jacques-Cartier (Old Port of Montreal) (bilingual)
An event devoted to wellness and the power of community, the Lole? White Tour first unfurled its yoga mats in Montreal in 2012. Since that magical first event, 50,000 of participants, all dressed in white, have come together to practice as one across the world. This year, there’s even more magic in Montreal: a day-long happening dedicated to meditation, yoga, music and the power of community.

Knead Out Your Knots
Sunday August 20 (9:00-11:30am), Sukha Yoga Vermont (Church Street Marketplace, 100 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401, USA)
From the soles of the feet to the crown of your head, you will explore micro-regions of your body with therapy massage balls, excavating tension from your joints and tissues. A full body 'rolling' session followed by a guided meditation which will allow you to leave feeling refreshed in body and mind.
Early bird price: USD $35 if you have your own therapy massage balls or USD $55 which includes a set for you to take home. (N.B.: tennis and lacrosse balls cannot be used). Register via the studio here.

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

Knead Out Your Knots
Saturday September 16 (4:00-6:00pm), Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
From the soles of the feet to the crown of your head, you will explore micro-regions of your body with therapy massage balls, excavating tension from your joints and tissues. A full body 'rolling' session followed by a guided meditation which will allow you to leave feeling refreshed in body and mind.

Intention et Présence
samedi 23 septembre (13 h à 16 h) 45 $, Ôm Yoga Québec (1480 Boulevard Louis-XIV, Ville de Québec, Québec, G2L 1W7)
La qualité d'une pratique personnelle du yoga ne réside pas tant dans l'exécution de prouesses physiques ou l'utilisation de techniques mentales emballantes, mais plutôt dans la façon dont nous vivons. Tout comme dans une classe de yoga où les poses sont reliées l'une à l'autre par le souffle, les actions que nous posons dans nos vies sont intimement liées par nos intentions et notre présence. Durant cet atelier, nous explorerons le contexte élargi des intentions et nous mettrons en évidence comment la pratique peut nous aider à vivre une vie pleine de sens et ce à chaque instant. Inscrivez-vous ici.

La guérison par les sentiments
dimanche 24 septembre (9 h à 12 h) 45 $, Ôm Yoga Québec (1480 Boulevard Louis-XIV, Ville de Québec, Québec, G2L 1W7)
Les sentiments contrôlent une grande partie de notre vie intérieure, mais nous en sommes souvent inconscients. En accordant une attention particulière à nos sentiments, nous pouvons commencer à voir ceux qui créent des histoires, nous effraient, nous lient, ou nous libèrent. À travers quelques méditations guidées et un discours, apprendre l'importance des sentiments, et comment les traiter habilement afin qu'aucune partie de vous ne soit laissé de côté. Inscrivez-vous ici.

DECEMBER

Slowing Down: A Day of Silence
Sunday December 10 (10:30am-3:30pm) $75, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
With demands and distractions competing for your attention at any given moment, gift yourself the opportunity to slow down, breathe deeply and remember what is really important. During this day of meditation, we will explore practical and accessible ways to ground the body and mind as a means to find peace, regardless of what life has in store for us. Guided meditations, Dharma talks, mindful movement and practical instructions will be offered. Please bring a lunch.

Schedule

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Like a shadow, I am and I am not.

- Rumi -

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