Benefits of Meditation
Key benefits of mediation include; reduced stress and anxiety, increased health (mentally & physically) and happiness, improved sleeping and increased immunity. In addition, meditation improves focus, concentration and self awareness. Through meditation you experience how your mind and thoughts effect your body. A regular practice reduces stress while increasing self relaxation which creates more patience, clarity, compassion and time for yourself.
Alka has been meditating for over 30 years and trained to teach multiple styles which have all helped her tremendously at different times in her life. She first learned meditation as a child in India with a Guru who taught Alka to how to observe her breath. Alka’s other trainings include:
– Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
– Transcendental Meditation (TM)
– Meditation retreats and trainings at Kripalu with Jonathan Faust and Sally Kempton
Styles of Meditation taught– Breath focus – Mantra / Vedic (sound based) – Shambala – Loving Kindness – Guided meditation – Walking meditation – Visualization
Where Alka teachesJoin Alka for a mid-week mind break on Wednesdays at 12pm EST. VIEW class schedule
Privates with individuals, couples, families or groups.
How to prepare for meditation
Being comfortable is key.
Timing: Try to do it in the morning or during mid-day. You are more likely to fall asleep if you try close to bed time.
Place: Find a supportive environment. Consider room temperature, relaxed lighting, noise levels and possible distractions.
Position and posture: There are multiple options. Sitting upright is very common. If you are in a chair then try keeping your feet touching the floor. If you are sitting on the floor then legs can be crossed or straight, sitting on a blanket or block can add support. Your back should be relaxed while not over arching. Hands can comfortably rest on your legs, folded together or by your side. Lying down is also possible, although it can be more challenging to stay focused and awake.