Practicing meditation is one of the best ways to come back to yourself after a particularly stressful day, week or month. GuavaPass gives its member access to an expansive range of meditation classes ranging from 60 to 90 minutes long. They are a completely different type of challenge on your concentration, focus, and motivation compared to physically challenging classes. The Canvass Yoga Studio in Bukit Timah holds a variety of meditation and yoga-based classes that bring attention to the breath and level of stress held in our bodies. Their Sound Meditation class was a fantastic mix of people, concepts, and ideas with a great focus on creating lightness from within. Over the 90-minute session, we experimented with sounds and shapes to explore the power of meditation, and the resulting benefits.
The break-down of meditation
The ultimate goal of meditation is to cut through the constant stream of thought in your mind. The practice is commonly thought of as a class of students sitting cross-legged while chimes play in a room thick with incense. In fact, a lot of people include a few moments of meditation in their daily routine, taking as little as 5 minutes in the comfort of their home to control the mind. It’s the act of centering yourself on an internal or external component, strengthening the power of the mind. Sound meditation is a form of this mindful practice. The sounds of various instruments (usually of Tibetan origin), including chimes and crystal singing bowls, are used to concentrate the silencing of your mind and act as a focus point for wandering thoughts.
Taking the mind’s focus outwards
Today’s instructor, Jolie, used a combination of these sounds as well as group drawing and sketching to tunnel our constant stream of thoughts into an action or element. As the class was instructed through blind drawing each other’s faces (with eyes only allowed to watch the face, not the drawing) and other drawing based activities, the focus on breath and mindfulness was always there, creating a very clearing and peaceful session. This type of practice has the primary outcome of focusing the mind by resting it on an external entity, making it unable to jump between internal thoughts. The class continued with some other centering exercises including group narrative sketching and finished with an incredibly calming use of crystal bowls and a continuous Om cycle.
The meditation-based classes at Canvass are a perfect way to end your day. This evening’s class was joined by the team from the Duxton Lululemon store, who enjoyed the session just as much as myself. The Canvass studio can be found on Binhai Park with meditation classes running in both the morning and evening.
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#GuavaTip: Meditation is a well-known method in improving anxiety, depression, positivity, cognition, and focus. Practicing even for a few minutes can help you have a more positive and efficient approach to the day ahead.