What should I wear? What should I bring?
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.
How do I know if I’m meditating correctly?
Each of the practices we offer helps you to be more present, more able to observe your thoughts and body sensations with less reactivity. If you can keep your attention on the object of focus (e.g. breath, sound, etc.) for even a little while, notice when your mind wanders and gently pull yourself back, you’re doing it right. Well done, keep it up!
What if I can’t sit still? Can I move while meditating?
It’s perfectly normal to have a hard time sitting still. As we practice meditation, we’re training ourselves to act more thoughtfully. You may have the urge to scratch an itch or adjust a body part while meditating and it’s okay to do so. With time, you will more easily be able to observe urges to move and then decide whether or not to react to the urge.
What if I can’t stop thinking?
A major misconception in 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 or a physical sensation, without judgement.
Falling asleep or feeling sleepy is a 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 stay awake. When you do feel overwhelmingly sleepy, it can also be useful to use the sleepiness as an object of focus and inquiry.
I am pregnant - is it safe?
Meditation is generally safe and has proven to be very beneficial for moms-to-be, throughout pregnancy, labour and delivery. However, the Sound class using singing bowls, gongs etc., may not be suitable for pregnant women. We recommend you consult your doctor before booking a Sound class with us.
The practices we offer are secular.
How often should I meditate? How long should I meditate?
Any amount of time is beneficial. If you can start with 10, 5 or even 3 minutes of meditation a day, that's great! If you’re trying to create a strong daily habit, 30-40 minutes a day is a realistic goal. It doesn't matter how small your first step is, what matters is consistency. The benefits of meditation are most felt when it becomes a part of your routine.
What’s the difference between meditating by myself vs. going to a group meditation class?
Both meditating alone and in a group setting are very beneficial. Group classes can be helpful (and fun!) because they create accountability (no giving up halfway, grabbing a snack or checking email just one more time), motivation, connectivity and community support. In our group classes, practitioners have the chance to ask questions and share experiences (though there is no pressure to do so), which can help to demystify the process and assure you that whatever you experience is perfectly okay and normal.
Meditation is too hard. I can’t sit still and empty my mind
We know it can be hard, but with time and consistency, it gets easier. It’s important to remember that meditation is not about achieving a blank mind. The goal is not to have no thoughts, but to simply notice your thoughts, without judgement or attachment, return to a point of focus such as your breath, a sound, a body sensation. It's bringing the attention back to the focus, that is meditation. During the practice, feel free to choose the most comfortable position for you.
I'm too busy and don’t have time to meditate
When busy becomes the new normal, it can be hard to decide what to prioritise. Studies show that meditating regularly for a short amount of time can actually help you stay focused and energised. As you work through your to-do list with greater speed and efficiency, you most certainly end up with more free time in your day.
Meditation is not for me. It’s too spiritual, It’s too religious
Meditation is a mental exercise with benefits that have been proven by science. It is a powerful tool for everyone, no matter what your spiritual and religious views are.
I don't need to meditate. I can turn to physical exercising instead
Your mental and physical health are equally important. In fact, mental and physical exercises are stronger together because each workout offers unique benefits. The effects of meditation extend naturally towards your fitness goals by helping you strengthen your focus and boost energy.