We know that meditation can seem like a mystical practice. So there's no such thing as a stupid question – that's all in the head. See below for the most frequent queries. And if you're still wondering about something, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do I need any previous meditation experience?
A: Nope. Meditation is a very individual practice, with no levels whatsoever. That's right, no levels. Each person is working within their own head, with their own breathe, and drawing on their own insight. Newbies to experienced practitioners can benefit from attending any class type, even intro sessions.
Q: How often should I meditate? And for how long?
A: We don't write meditation prescriptions because we believe this a deeply personal practice. But our Founder likes to say that meditation is a lot like flossing your teeth. Once a month is great because you've done something really healthy for yourself. Once a week is better because now you've developed a ritual. Once a day is best because then the brain will physically change and you can gain the full benefits of the practice. That's why we teach a mix of simple techniques that you can take away. And while we love a good 30 minute sit, that can be hard to manage each day. So do what you can, even if that means only taking five. It all counts!
Q: What are the benefits of meditation?
A: Well, they vary. Overall, there is often great improvements to one's mental and physical health, as well as state of happiness. You can read all about them here.
Q: How long does it take to feel the effects of meditation?
A: It's different for everyone because this is a personal practice. For some it is an instant sense of calm and restoration. For others, change occurs more subtly over time. We recommend checking in with yourself every few weeks to see how things are evolving. Ask yourself if you notice a difference in the way you feel or act.
Q: What is the difference between meditation and mindfulness?
A: In a nutshell, meditation is the intended practice of focusing. Mindfulness is a type of meditation involving staying present and being aware – like focusing on the breathe or even your food. Here is a great article that explores this more.
Q: Does running (and other workouts) count as meditation?
A: Sorry folks, they don't. While running or working out might be meditative and beneficial, the brain function is different and the results are not the same for both. Meditation is a great compliment to physical activities.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Whatever is comfortable for you to sit in. We recommend no shoes to give those puppies a break from being bound.
Q: Should I eat prior to my meditation session?
A: We actually recommend coming on a near-empty stomach. It’s better for the brain to not have to compete with your digestive system, because your stomach will win. And best to avoid too much caffeine or alcohol prior too.
Q: Can I meditate if I'm hungover?
A: Actually, yes. While we don't encourage excess drinking, meditation is very restorative and can provide much needed rest. Some say it may even help subside the desire to drink at all.
Q: Can I bring my children?
A: Kids can be super stressed too. But it depends on the venue's rules. Please contact us prior to discuss options.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: We love animals, but our classes are just for humans... for now.
Q: Do you offer private or corporate training?
A: Yes. If you are interested in hearing more about our one-to-one or corporate sessions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Q: Where did you get your super cool logo?
A: Designed by our Founder, the logo is a union of three shapes, with each graphic element symbolising something specific: square (space), triangle (human), circle (meditation effects). Joined together they form a structure, an ethos, a haven, and a home. Welcome to Mind House!