A blast of high intensity is a great mental escape but instead of always trying to ‘get out’ of your head, try going in. Sometimes you need to power down, to power further. But the question is, do you have the guts to go slow?
We don’t need to tell you about the benefits of meditation. Reading about it is one thing, incorporating it into your day is something quite different. Besides, who actually has the time?
The answer is simple. You make time. To quote Sandeep Agarwalla, Head of Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas: “Just as you’d make space in your diary for your most important client, you need to make time for yourself in the same way. You are your most important client”.
With podcasts like this from Equinox, it’s becoming easier than ever to find inner peace whatever the time of day.
You may never have stepped inside their fortress in High Street Kensington… perhaps something to do with the hefty membership tag. If you signed up on the spot today you’d be looking at £387 including initiation fees and a retainer of £205/month.
But now you can get a tiny piece of the action by accessing their collection of free meditation podcasts. Each session is aimed at a different time of the day (morning, afternoon, evening and pre-sleep).
Allow the silky, smooth tones of Equinox instructor Amber Voiles, take you through breath work to sharpen your focus and lower your heart rate.
Put theory into practice by scheduling some reminders in your diary for the next 3 days.
Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than usual and tune into ‘Rise’ designed to help you to awake with purpose, before you even get out of bed.
Swap your coffee run for a bench in the sunshine and listen to ‘Re-charge’ to help reset your senses.
If you’re feeling jittery mid-morning, you can also tune into a gentle pulsing breath icon, which helps you sync your ins and outs when you need a pause and reset.
On arriving back at home, slip off to your room and plug into ‘Unwind’ to help you decompress after a long day at the office. Your flat mates will thank you.
Finally, turn on the ‘Sleep’ podcast to help you power down body and mind for a peaceful, restorative rest.