It turns out that the newest studio trend doesn’t involve much movement, but it’s still a great workout – for your mind, that is. Meditation studios like Unplug Meditation in L.A. and MNDFL in New York are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to benefits like reduced stress, improved focus and a boost in creativity. Whether you’ve tried meditating or not, a meditation class is a great thing to add to your routine.
It Helps You Commit
While meditation might be something you want to accomplish in your day, this doesn’t mean that you’ll always fit it in! By signing up for a class and adding it to your calendar, you’re committing to that session, which means that you are that much more likely to show up. Attending a regular class is also a great way to get into a routine with meditation, making you more likely to practice mindfulness skills more frequently. You can even agree to attend a class with a friend, making you accountable to each other.
We all know just how overwhelming stress can be – and thinking about managing your stress can quickly cause even more stress! If you’re needing a little extra help to wind down, these simple tips are great to keep in your arsenal.
While staying positive is a great way to combat stress, it’s not quite that easy! Taking the time to practice gratitude is a great way to help train your brain to notice the positives. We suggest keeping a gratitute journal, where you get into the practice of writing down 3-5 things each day that you are thankful for. Before you know it, you’ll find that you’ll begin to find the good that is around you. Because not every day is good, but there is good in every day!
If the word “meditation” has you envisioning bending yourself into a pretzel while chanting “Ohm”, it may be time to re-think things. Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and author, explains why you should consider exploring meditation.
It’s Backed By Science
As Sharon explains, meditation isn’t flaky at all, and it’s benefits have been shown through brain scans, cortisol levels and genetic expressions. For example, meditation has been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve serotonin production to reduce anxiety and decrease tension.