Meditation Studios: the Hottest New Trend in Mindfulness

Like dropping in to a yoga class, but without your Lululemons.

Google “meditation studio” and you’ll likely find one near you – they’re popping up all over the country. Most studios have classes from 15-90 minutes, with some led by teachers and some self-led. Either way – and no matter if you’re a meditation newbie or a seasoned practitioner – you’ll enjoy a quiet break in your busy day.

I’ve been meditating for three decades, so when the gentle young woman at Mayu Sanctuary asked me, “Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced?” I answered “Advanced, I guess.”

So she recommended a solo session in the private retreat room: a small, simple, windowless space that was deliciously quiet when she shut the door behind her. One comfortable meditation cushion was placed in front of an altar with a Tibetan singing bowl, an orchid, an aromatherapy diffuser, and an iPod thoughtfully stocked with audio teachings from Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, and others. I decided to pass on the iPod and enjoy the undiluted, gadget-free quiet.

Ninety minutes later, a light bell tone sounded, and I knew my session was over. I took several deep breaths and slowly unfolded my legs and opened my eyes, feeling nourished and refreshed. Maybe next time I’ll try a foot bath and a Neurosculpting, Kusala, Zen, or Qigong class. I love peaceful solitude, but there’s something deeply comforting about meditating with a room full of people.

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