Come as you are. No special clothing is needed as meditation is accessible no matter what you wear. Our practices may include light stretching movements.
Arrive early. We encourage you to arrive early, take the time to relax in the lounge and prepare for your session. If you are running late, unfortunately you will not be allowed into the studio once the session has started to ensure the best experience for other meditators.
Store your shoes, phone and other belongings before your session. We encourage you to fully immerse into the experience at Bird. It starts with a digital detox, settling in and preparing youtself to meditate.
Cultivate curiousity. We encourage you to experiment meditation with an open mind and eliminate any preconceptions of the experience. Allow yourself to be just as you are. There is no good or bad meditation. Just like a workout at a gym, it is a skill that takes time to build. It may be uncomfortable and challenging to start with, but over time, you will notice the powerful benefits. We encourage you to try different practices and teaching styles to see what works for you.
The misconception of 'clearing your mind'. A major misconception of meditation is striving to clear the mind. We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. Thinking is what our brains do, so having a busy mind is definitely the rule, not the exception. Meditation is not about emptying your mind, but to be aware of your wandering thoughts, and bringing the attention back to the focus such as your breath, a sound, a sensation without judgement.
Get comfortable. Finding a comfortable position will enhance your experience. You can either sit on a mat or if you prefer a bench. Choose the best option for you to get comfortable. Feel free to adjust your posture during the session so you can sit with ease and focus on the practice. Interruptions may arise as you turn inwards, with thoughts of something you need to do. If this happens, see if you can experiment with letting the ideas and plans come and go in your mind, rather than reacting instantly to them.
Falling asleep or feeling sleepy is very common when you begin meditating (and even when you have a regular practice). This allows you to see what your body needs. It can simply mean that you are sleep-deprived and need rest. There’s no need to judge yourself or worry that you’re doing anything wrong. For seated meditations, good posture can help keep you awake. When you do feel overwhelmingly sleepy, it can also be useful to use the sleepiness as an object of focus and enquiry.
Well done for meditating. Congratulate yourself for taking this time to recharge and nourish your mind. Remind yourself that this practice is profoundly healing, available to you at any time.
Take your time to ease back into ordinary life after meditation. We recommend taking 2 or 3 minutes to transition gradually after meditation before opening your eyes or standing up. That transition period will allow residual stress to dissipate and you can then get up feeling refreshed and relaxed.
This practice takes practice. Just like going to the gym to workout, meditation is a practice that takes effort and discipline. The biggest benefits come when you meditate consistently. Over time, you will begin to notice small positive shifts in every aspect of your life. If you don’t feel amazing, it’s okay. Each meditation practice is different. Sometimes it can be relaxing, sometimes it can be frustrating. We meditate on good days, we meditate on bad days. In all cases, just by doing it, you are still benefiting from the practice.