Meditation is the process of 'observation', in class you will be guided to observe your thoughts, emotions and breathing patterns. Meditation teaches you how to ‘switch off’ mentally and ‘let go' of a busy mind.
Previous experience is not required to practice meditation, all you need to bring is an open mind, positive attitude and patience.
At first meditation can be challenging, the process of focusing our attention inwards, observing our thoughts and ‘not thinking’ can be challenging and even confronting. Over time this process becomes easier and we experience a deeper level of relaxation, inner peace and clarity.
Benefits of Meditation
A regular meditation practice has numerous health and well-being benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, decreasing muscle tension and improving memory and concentration levels.
Meditation can help in the following ways;
Learn how to relax and switch off a busy mind
Learn how to manage stress, anxiety and depression
Improve concentration, memory and focus
Boost creativity and productivity
Improve sleeping patterns
What to expect in class
Classes are guided by an experienced teacher and structured around three separate meditations which last for 15 – 20 minutes each. After each meditation there is a short break in-between for stretching, discussion and questions.
Meditation is practiced sitting on the floor, barefoot or in socks with props and blankets for comfort; chairs may also be use if preferred.
Classes are open to all levels, beginners and experienced. Meditation is non-physical which makes it suitable for pregnancy, injury and medical conditions where yoga may not be suitable.
Meditation for Pregnancy
If you're pregnant you may like to include a regular meditation class in addition to your pregnancy yoga class each week.
The practice of meditation is safe and invaluable during pregnancy. A regular meditation practice during pregnancy can help you to manage some of the stress and anxiety you may be experiencing relating to your pregnancy or birth.
Meditation helps to deepen the mind and body connection which you are naturally more in tune with during pregnancy, a regular practice helps you to connect with baby and to listen to the needs of your body. Meditation also teaches you how to relax, let go and focus your mind. These techniques help you to stay calm and focused during labour and support you through the challenges of being a new mum.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of Meditation?
A regular meditation practice helps you to release stress, sleep better and feel more grounded, relaxed and energised. Meditation has been shown to create tangible physical and mental health benefits. Examples include easing depression, lowering blood pressure, and improving menstruation symptoms. Meditation also helps you regulate your moods and emotions helping you to detach from negative thoughts and behavioural patterns.
Can a beginner start Meditation?
When starting with meditation, try not to feel frustrated if your thoughts often wonder. This is all part of the process, so gently observe your thoughts without judgment. Over time, you will notice the blissful silence between thoughts becomes longer and longer.
Is Meditation hard?
As for meditation, it’s not always as straightforward as closing your eyes and breathing deeply. For some people, this comes naturally. However others find the silence confronting and can’t sit still. In our fast-paced world, it can be incredibly difficult to switch off our minds! There are different styles of meditation and plenty of techniques to help focus your mind, so it’s a matter of finding what works for you. Meditation becomes easier the more you do it.
What are the different types of Meditation?
Both yoga and meditation are ancient practices, spanning thousands of years. As such, there are far too many variations to list here. Let’s cover some of the most popular types of yoga and meditation
Mantra meditation (focusing on a mantra as you inhale and exhale)
What type of meditation does Western Wellness offer?
Our guided meditation classes are structured around three separate mediations that last for 15 to 20 minutes each. An experienced meditation teacher will support you through the entire process and take your questions between meditations. Our meditation classes are suitable for everyone. We practice meditation in comfort – either sitting in chairs or on the floor with props and blankets.
Yoga classes for everyone
Western Wellness offers a range of yoga classes suitable for beginners to experienced yogis. Our class styles offer a range of options for you to fall in love with yoga.
Affordable yoga classes
We have flexible and affordable pass options to suit everyone. Whether you want to come in studio or enjoy yoga in the comfort of your home with our online, we can’t wait to see you on the mat.
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