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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.

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) 
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.

Meditation 101
Thursday March 23 - Sunday March 26, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
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

Aimer vos multiples facettes
samedi 8 avril (13 h 30 à 16 h 30) 40 $, Centre Yoga Santé (205 Boulevard Curé-Labelle #102, Ste-Rose, Laval, QC H7L 2Z9)
La méditation pleine conscience nous aide à voir que la vie est remplie à la fois de joies et de peines. Le plus tôt nous comprenons et nous acceptons cela, le plus tôt nous pourrons trouver la paix. En discutant et en pratiquant une version unique de la méditation de l'amour bienveillant, il sera possible d'explorer comment aimer nos multiples facettes et comment trouver la perfection dans l'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)
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)
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 en action: Une journée en silence
dimanche 23 avril (10 h 00 à 15 h 30), Esplanade Montreal (bureau 102, 6750 Avenue de l'Esplanade, Montréal, QC H2V 4M1)
Une pratique n'a pas besoin de se terminer lorsque la minuterie s'arrête. Bien qu'une pratique formelle de méditation soutienne le développement de l'attention et de l'équanimité, c'est une partie du chemin. La méditation est beaucoup plus qu'une pause temporaire ; c'est un processus de transformation qui enrichit votre vie et la vie de ceux qui vous entourent. Inscrivez-vous ici.

MAY

Meditation Master Class Series: Finding Refuge in Awareness, Truth, Love
Friday May 12 - Sunday May 14 $80 for all three, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
The foundation of the meditative path lies in seeing the true nature of things and living our lives with an awakened heart and mind. Sources of inspiration that help practitioners stay dedicated to the path can be found in the three refuges: Buddha -- awareness, Dharma -- truth (the way things are), and Sangha -- loving relatedness. Throughout the weekend, we will explore the three refuges in detail, contemplate our habit of turning towards false refuges, and learn tools and techniques to find freedom in this very life.

Finding Refuge in Awareness
Friday May 12 (6:00-9:00pm) $35, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
Explore what is already inside of you, particularly what may be right outside your field of awareness.

Finding Refuge in Truth
Saturday May 13 (9:00am-12:00pm) $35, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
Turn inwards to discover the teachings that exist in you via self-inquiry and other practices.

Finding Refuge in Love
Sunday May 14 (9:00am-12:00pm) $35, Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2)
Explore the challenges and blessings of living your practice in community.

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)
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)
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)
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 : 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

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 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.

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.