Meditation 101

What can I expect during a class?

Classes are 30, 45 or 60 minutes and include a brief intro, a guided meditation and a casual Q&A at the end. Every class is open to all-levels but if you are brand new to meditation you may want to start with a 30-minute class and arrive a few minutes early to ask any questions you may have. Or try our a.m. “Quickie” which is only 20 minutes and a perfect way to get your chill-on on your way to work.

What not to expect? Any judgment, posturing or pretense. This is truly a come-as-you-are, down-to-earth experience. You’ll love it!

Do I need to wear specific clothing to class?

Nope! Every class is come-as-you-are. There are no special clothes or props needed, no postures or pretense. Just wear something you are comfortable sitting in.

What are the benefits of meditation?

You know how your phone starts acting all wonky and then you restart it and it works perfectly? Meditation is kinda like that. It’s a reset button that makes you more focused, more calm and more in control of your emotions. In the short term, that means a “better” mood and outlook (a.k.a. less angsty and reactive), a decreased stress level and increased attention span. In the long term, it can build better relationships, reduce anxiety and depression, and has been linked to a host of other health benefits like easing chronic pain, improving heart health, boosting immunity, and more.

Do I have to sit cross-legged?

Nope! The most important part of a successful meditation is comfort. While many people will choose to sit cross-legged on a cushion, you may sit with your legs out in front of you, in one of our chairs or in another posture that helps you relax and clear your mind.

OK, So what happens if I can’t clear my mind?

A common misconception about meditation is that in order to reap the benefits, your mind must be “blank.” This is not the case! Your mind will still be aware of things like emotions, sensations and images. In fact, the less you try and “clear your mind,” the easier it will be. And don’t worry, our teachers’ expert guidance throughout the class helps … a lot!

Also, keep in mind that meditation is a practice. Like most things in life, you’ll find that it gets easier with time. The awesome thing is that the benefits of meditation are apparent in our bodies and brains even if a “clear mind state” is not reached.

We have never met anyone who could not meditate!

Do I need to practice a certain religion to meditate at Innergy?

No! At Innergy, meditation is secular, which means we don’t attach any religion to our classes. We believe in sharing a common experience through guided meditation, no matter our spiritual beliefs or backgrounds.