As the world gets busier and busier and our society focuses on accomplishing more and more, time for stillness and stepping away from the to-do list is needed more than ever.
Adding meditation may be on your mind as we start 2018. There are many different ways to meditate from walking to seated, and quiet to guided.
Almost all of the yoga classes at the Club allow some time for meditation. The mindfulness of our Pilates classes can be thought of as meditative, and we offer a guided meditation on Tuesday mornings with Linda Boudreault.
If you would like to try some guided meditations on your own, check out these apps:
Provides ten days of a great foundation for free, then there is a subscription fee (monthly or annual). Once you get through the three levels of basics, you unlock loads of packs on different topics ranging from anxiety to sleep to focus and much more.
This app has a one-time fee to purchase the app, giving you access to numerous teachers and guided meditations. There is a lot of variety in this app in terms of teachers, style of meditation, and length of meditation. It also offer a podcast that is a great companion in providing insightful conversations.
This is a simple breathing app that can be used in place of a guided meditation; you can also use it as a break during the day when you just need to unwind, or at night if you wake up with a racing mind.
This is another great app for beginners with lots of videos and guided conversations. The app is free to start, but there is an upgrade option for an annual fee. Dan Harris also has a podcast with the same title.
Any of these apps provide a great starting point, and I would recommend trying them all to see which one resonates with you most. Give each one a week to ten days, and then go with the one that clicks for you.
Meditation, like so much in life, is a lifelong practice. It does take time, consistency, and patience to feel like what you are doing is making an impact, but all of these apps and podcasts will help guide you and provide answers to many common questions and concerns.
Contributed by: Erin McCabe, Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor