Is meditation for me?
Meditation can for everyone. It's an important tool that we can drawn on in our busy lives. Meditation can mean a variety of things to different people and I encourage you to TRUST yourself, and find what is comfortable for you in your practice. Ultimately, meditation can bring you a sense of calm & ease and encourage your development of compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. In cultivating a state of stillness, and settling the mind, we become meditative - remaining PRESENT while staying CONNECTED inwards to the subtle levels of our body.
Is meditation difficult?
It can be challenging at first, to find your stillness. Even those who have been practicing meditation for a long time can have effortful days, where they are distracted or feeling anxious. Those are the times that it is especially important to do the work; you will find that it translates into many different aspects of your life. You will be calmer in trying situations, find a peace within yourself that helps you cope with daily stresses by acknowledging the space between external events and our reaction to them, and feel a deeper connection with yourself & with those around you.
How often should I meditate?
That's up to you! When you're getting started, even 5 minutes a day can have real benefits. I hope that you will take away new skills after sitting with The Meditation Club, and that you use in them in your own practice at home, on your daily commute, or perhaps in your movement practices.
What should I bring?
Bring only what you need and wear something comfortable. We'll be using mostly our minds and breath at The Meditation Club. If you have a prop that you would like to sit on please feel free to bring that too. Perhaps a block, a pillow, or even a yoga mat halfway rolled works quite well! The spaces that hold us may not have these items available (this will be noted in the description of the event).
How much does it cost?
Meditation and Movement classes/workshops generally range from $10 - $25 per person; this will be specified in the event details. Cash or credit can be accepted after we sit.
How long does each session last?
Classes will range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Please do your best to arrive 10 minutes early, so as to not disturb your fellow guests. Sometimes the journey can be unpredictable, so be mindful of the energy you bring into the session if you do arrive late.
Where does The Meditation Club take place?
I have a suggestion for a pop-up location
I'm always keen to hear about interesting locations that might be able to hold TMC pop-ups. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
Can I bring The Meditation Club to my work?
I'd love to visit your office. Let's start the day with a clear and open heart, get refreshed with a mid-day meditation, or maybe end the week calmly with a Friday afternoon practice. Please email me at email@example.com so that we can discuss the options.
How does Reiki even work?
As a Reiki Practitioner I have been attuned to channel healing energy by a Reiki Master. I use the positive power in your intention to initialize the flow of Reiki (life force energy). Reiki healing energy originates from a universal source which is safe, and never causes any harm. Life force energy is what animates our physical form and flows through, within and all around us, always. It is known to every wisdom lineage – Aka to the Egyptians, Prana to the Hindu, Qi to the Chinese; it is this vital force that gives us life and when directed with conscious intent, brings deeper meaning to our lives. There are specific hand positions that I will use, and Reiki will flow into the body where it is needed the most; this initiates the innate healing ability of the body. The chakras (energy systems within the body) are individually balanced as my hands are placed on or over these energy centers, allowing for the release of blocked energy thus reestablishing optimum balance. Depending on what chakra we are working on, crystals may be placed on the body to amplify the energy.
What do I do, and what do I wear, during a Reiki treatment?
You simply relax comfortably on a massage table while the Reiki is administered through specific hand positions placed on (light touch) or above the body. There is never any physical manipulation of the body. You should wear something comfortable which allows you to relax fully. In advance, you can let me know if you prefer not to be touched, and if you prefer no scent to be used. You may remain awake with the eyes closed, or your might even fall asleep; either way the Reiki is still received. Some people may feel a warmth or tingling in the body, this is perfectly normal. Some people may feel no sensations at all. If you ever feel uncomfortable during a treatment you can let me know, and the treatment will stop. Our psychological and emotional states can become embedded in the subtle body, as such, an emotion release may occur during and/or after a treatment; this is perfectly normal.
How often should I come in for a Reiki session?
To realize the ultimate benefits of Reiki I would recommend 3 to 5 sessions taking place once a week, or every two weeks, to start. After that, you can look to a more seasonal pattern for realigning and reconnecting with your energies.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, otherwise know as yogic sleep, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. You can think of it like the "going-to-sleep" stage. In this state, the body is completely relaxed, and you become systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions (guided meditation). Here four of your senses become internalized, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. During a guided meditation Yoga Nidra session, we will begin and end with a focus on your intention (Sankalpa). This is a vow and commitment that you make to support your higher truth. It is stated in the present tense; a vow that is true in the present moment. During this treatment I will encourage you to remain calmly alert, and not fully fall asleep.