Frequently Asked Questions
WHY SHOULD I MEDITATE?
Because modern life is full of stress, distraction, and disconnection, and meditation can help you navigate those challenges with greater ease. The benefits of meditation have been known for thousands of years and are now being supported by modern science. Among the many exciting findings, studies show that meditation can help to reduce stress, improve attention & sleep and enhance positive emotions. (Just to name a few!) Just like physical exercise, the more you do it – the more you benefit.
I CAN’T MEDITATE. I’VE TRIED IT BUT I JUST CAN’T CLEAR MY MIND!
It’s ok to have thoughts. In fact, it’s natural! To tell your brain not to think is like telling your eyes not to see. When we are practicing formal meditation, we are simply increasing our awareness of what is going on in our minds. Over time you may begin to notice longer periods of quiet and an ability to disengage with your thought stream.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Simply book your class and log in 5 minutes early. This will give you some time to breathe and unwind, even before the class begins. Find a quiet spot and enjoy our virtual studio.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M MEDITATING RIGHT?
The most important thing about meditation is your willingness to do it and your commitment to stick with it. Just try and approach it with an open and accepting attitude and know that you are taking steps in the right direction. If you can breathe, you can meditate!
WHAT EXACTLY IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is a powerful way to journey through life. It is being able to develop a moment-to-moment awareness of your life experience as it unfolds. It is being aware of your body, your thoughts and your emotions with an openness and friendly willingness to better understand yourself and the world around you. It’s being present and awake for the joys in each day and experiencing all of life’s challenges without being overwhelmed by them. Mindfulness helps you find physical and mental calm in a very demanding world, so that you can respond with inner wisdom, compassion and insight. The latest research has also shown that mindfulness not only reduces stress, it literally can change the the structure and function of our brains.
WHAT DO I SIT ON DURING MEDITATION?
There are many options for sitting during a meditation class. In a virtual meditation class, you can sit on a meditation cushion (called a zafu) that sits on top of a larger cushion (called a zabuton) if you have one. Otherwise, you can find a comfortable seat on a chair, couch or on the floor. Just find a quiet spot where you feel safe and relaxed.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR TAKING A CLASS?
Series, Special Themed Workshops and Daily Classes in our Pause to be Present™ Online Studio
We offer Individual Classes throughout the week. Perfect for you to pause, take a few deep breaths, and recharge, while enjoying the benefits of meditating in a group. We understand that establishing a meditation practice requires expert instruction and a commitment to practice over time. For those reasons, we encourage you to register for one of our Meditation Series which are specifically designed to help you establish your own personal meditation practice, commit to sit regularly, and discover how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Lastly, our unique Workshops are one-of-a-kind, theme-based classes taught by experts in their fields offering you special insight into important topics on health and wellness.
DOES PAUSE OFFER PRIVATE OR CORPORATE SESSIONS?
Yes! We offer private one-on-one sessions for adults, teens, kids, families, and other small groups in our virtual studio or outdoors. We also offer Pause to be Present™ at Work and Pause in Our Schools to help everyone experience the benefits of pausing! Please contact us Contact Us to learn more!