FAQS: PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME...
Do I have to sit on the floor?
Not unless you want to. It's about you being comfortable so my classes always have the option of chairs or cushions. There are no prizes for sitting cross legged!
Is meditation religious?
For centuries, meditation has been a cornerstone for many religions especially Hinduism and Buddhism in the East, where its roots stem from. Since taking on in the West during the 20th century it is commonly used in a secular way and practiced by atheists and sceptics alike. Personally, I am Buddhist so you may find smatterings of Eastern wisdom woven in to my meditations.
What if I fall asleep?
You won't be sat in silence for an hour; I'll be guiding you, your breath and your thoughts, so falling asleep isn't as common as you might think. I'll share some tips, such as keeping your eyes open if you feel sleepy. Essentially, it's your session so if you do start nodding off, you won't get told off.
I'm anxious about the quiet space / what if I get upset?
Modern life doesn't encourage us to be alone with our thoughts. People often want to learn to meditate because they feel anxious or upset, but that in itself can make them feel nervous to walk into a class. My Learn to Meditate courses are a safe space and I'll discuss this on the first day and share tips on how to handle difficult emotions in the class. I also offer one-to-one sessions for those who prefer.
Is meditation a form of therapy?
Meditation can tame your mind, bring clarity and peace. I believe it to be helpful to our emotional being. Neither my group nor my one-to-one sessions should be used in the place of counselling or therapy, although maybe helpful alongside them.
Is meditation suitable for people with mental health issues?
Echoing the above, I believe meditation to be hugely helpful to our emotional and mental wellbeing. However, clients with some conditions, including psychosis and schizophrenia, should seek advice from their doctor before taking part in any meditation classes or sessions.