How often should I meditate?
Regular practise might mean once a week for you, building up to twice a week or even daily 5-minute meditations. With regular practise, meditation becomes easier, you’ll be able to sit for longer, focus harder and reap the mindfulness benefits in everyday scenarios.
How long should I meditate for?
It can be daunting going straight into a 20-30 minute guided meditation, especially if you are time-poor. Instead, try a 5-10 minute meditation, these are a great way to get your mind into a relaxed state. The more regularly you practise, the easier meditating will become. Guided meditation sessions can seem scary to begin with but with a trained instructor, through gentle cues, they can help you get in the right state of mind. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be in the form of meditation, it can be through gratitude practices and actively being grateful for the things you have in your life.
What if I can’t quiet my mind?
Don’t be too hard on yourself, your practice doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ every day, by putting this extra pressure on yourself you’re adding stress rather than relieving it. You’ll be surprised what can happen when you remove any expectation from your mindfulness practice.
What should I wear to meditation?
There is no uniform for meditation. Meditation can be done in the clothes you are wearing right now. For you to be seated in a comfortable seating position preferably clothes you are able to sit comfortably for a long period of time. Or, a chair can be provided for you also.
Who is meditation for?
Everybody! Meditation is even being taught in schools to young children. It is never too late to start.
Do I have to stop thinking to meditate?
Many people think that meditation is about completely emptying the mind, which might result in people falling asleep, feeling uncomfortable, becoming bored and distracted. It’s not about emptying the mind, but learning how to focus/observe thoughts. If you’re a beginner, we recommend practising mindfulness in a group, guided through a guided meditation, in person, outside of your home and away from distractions.
When should I arrive?
In the 15 minutes on either side of a scheduled class, you are welcome to sit, breathe and practise mindful meditation. This brings added calm, presence and energy to the class ahead, or to your post-class activities.