Trying Out MNDFL Meditation Studio
I've been meditating consistently for over a year and a half. I made a resolution December 2016 to meditate everyday in January and just kept going. (Read about it here) I've been alternating between the app Headspace and meditations from Gabby Bernstein. Headspace is more for mediation before running or training and Gabby is more spiritual, if that makes sense.
Meditation has really helped me with my anxiety and dealing with life in general. I don't like to miss a day because I get cagey AF. Not a good person to be around.
A few months ago, I saw that MNDL, an actual meditation studio, had opened. It looked beautiful and definitely peaked my interest, but I was scared to try it out. I do my meditations on my couch and they are 10-15 minutes max. Could I sit in a studio with other people? 30 minutes is so long! Could I sit upright for that long? What if I got bored or had to use the bathroom? My biggest fear? What if there was a loud breather in the room? I've been in yoga classes where there's been one person who's breathing drives me absolutely crazy. (I have a weird thing about noises people make, my sister is the same way.)
Anyways, now that I have some time off of running I thought I'd give it a try. I booked a cushion for the BREATHE class in the back row just in case anything happened and I could sneak out.
As soon as I got to the studio I instantly felt calm. They had a cute waiting area with tea (Rishi Peppermint and Ginger Turmeric) that you could sip and relax while waiting to go into the meditation room. A big sign said that no tech was allowed in the waiting room or the meditation studio. I'll admit, I'm super guilty of staring at my phone waiting for classes. I made myself a ginger turmeric tea and said down and flipped through "Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics" by Dan Harris. (Definitely ordered this as soon as I got home for Christian. I've been trying to get him to meditate for a while now.)
The meditation room was so dope. Super clean feeling and spacious with some perfectly curated plants in the corner. I sat down on the meditation cushion and got ready. The instructor (I can't remember his name, but he had a super chill voice with a beautiful accent.) He joked around a little and explained the meditation. Since it was the BREATHE class we would do a meditation focusing on our breathe. I shut my eyes and followed his voice. It felt like a few minutes went by when he told us to open our eyes. I honestly couldn't believe it had been 30 minutes (It was actually over 30 minutes).
Leaving the class I felt super calm and clear headed walking back to the subway. I almost felt high. Meditating at home is convient but I do get distracted. (Oliver usually finds his way in my lap at some point) Taking 30 minutes to tune out and clear my head felt so good. The feeling of calmness lasted the whole day, even when I missed my stop on the subway and was almost late to pilates....
I definitely will be back. I may even get brave and try the 45 minute class.
Hope you guys are having a great Memorial Day Weekend! I feel like I'm part of the 5% of the population who isn't grilling or on a boat this weekend lol!