The unknown in any situation can be a little scary and a meditation class is no exception. I want you to feel welcome and at ease upon arrival, and go away looking forward to the next session and your own personal meditation practice, therefore I've listed just a few things that may help you prepare for your first session.
Beginners Meditation Course
You will learn a variety of meditation techniques to enable you to choose the right ones for you. These will include Breath, Mantra, Contemplation, Buddhist, Visualisation, Walking, Zen and Silence. You will also be introduced to a beautiful meditation using mala beads and a few Mudra hand positions.
I also feel it is important that we know a little about what happens within the brain when we meditate so will be talking briefly on brain waves, neuroplasticity, I will include scientific evidence and the benefits that meditation can have on our overall health and wellbeing. With that said, I don't want to baffle you with too much science, but just as it's important to know the benefits that physical exercise can have on the body, I feel the same applies to mental exercise such as meditation.
Classes are a closed group, exclusive for all those that have completed the 6 week course. You will have more meditation time, as I won't need to explain every meditation as thoroughly with your experience gained from attending the course. The meditations may be a little deeper, some longer, some with less guidance, some will be themed and with my continuous personal development I will be sharing new learning's and information with you regularly.
It is really important that you are totally comfortable throughout the meditation practice. You are not expected to sit in a lotus position. There will be a variety of different seating options and I would also like to suggest that you bring a couple of your own cushions or towels to roll up for extra support.
You do not need to shave your head and wear a robe but if you so wish you can! Wear clothing that you feel comfortable in, soft clothes that do not dig in are advisable.
Please bring a bottle of water. Although I wont be entering you into a meditation practice that involves jumping up and down and breaking into a sweat! (as much fun as that might be) the unknown can cause you to feel more thirsty and its also good practice to make sure you stay hydrated.
For now I am keeping the meditation groups to 10-15 maximum. I'm hoping this will make the sessions more appealing to those new to meditation, and it allows me to keep my voice soft while guiding (I don't intend shouting through a megaphone, although the image of that has me giggling!).
Very soft background music/nature sounds may be used for some of the meditations. I may use mood lighting and led candles (led candles so I don't cause a fire hazard!).
I'm not trying to create an atmosphere where you fall asleep as the idea of meditation is to fall awake, but be aware that dozing off momentarily can happen! Even Tibetan monks have fallen asleep during meditation, I talk more on this during week one of the level 1 course.
You may be asked to journal your experience after each meditation. This will help focus your awareness on the experience, while also identifying any challenges you may face and moments you love. I will supply pencils and paper but you may wish to invest in a proper journal which you can then use for your own daily meditation practice. I remember looking back through my own 12 week journal and the positive changes I noticed within myself were motivational enough for me to continue my meditation practice, and become a meditation teacher.
Meditation is for anybody, you don't have to be anything your not, so be yourself. Enjoy your moments in meditation and allow yourself to reconnect with the present moment.
I am really looking forward to teaching you!