Why MDitate?



Benefits



Why not learn meditation or yoga through an app? Why visit a studio?

While these tools can complement learning, face-to-face interaction makes for lasting personal change. In addition, MDitate offers so much more than just guided meditation classes. Similarly, while online yoga and exercise instruction is useful, hands-on, in person instruction and practice, we feel, brings a most memorable and rewarding experience.

We meditate too, but we are not saints, we are not monks. Practicing and guiding meditation and yoga are just part of our busy lives; we still make these activities a daily priority because we are on a lifelong journey of personal growth. We are grateful for your support.

Why combine meditation and yoga in the same studio?

Practicing yoga in a meditation studio, we feel, is a natural extension of our intention to become more aware, peaceful and equanimous (balanced). Mind and Body, meditation and yoga, are natural partners. Our offerings may combine yoga and meditation, or each may be practiced alone. MDitate its yours to explore.

Like an upscale fitness studio, MDitate is a place where an experienced guide will:

  • Give you encouragement to take the first step
  • Make learning enjoyable and less intimidating
  • Nurture an intimate, emotional connection
  • Teach the basics and introduce opportunities to dig deeper
  • Encourage you to persist despite the obstacles
  • Challenge and gently push you to new limits
  • Expose you to new techniques and styles
  • See your potential in a way that you may not see yourself
  • Keeps things fresh, even if you are an advanced practitioner
  • Build friendships and connect you to a broad community




Benefits of yoga


By letting go, you go with the flow...

Consistent meditation leads to an almost indescribable, but very tangible sense of inner calm and emotional peace. Sometimes you feel the potent effects of meditation when, ironically, you stop consistently meditating (for whatever reason), and this gentle reminder motivates us back to a routine. In contrast, yoga's benefits are physical, at first - strength, coordination, flexibility, balance - these are very real effects and become very rewarding in day to day living. Yoga's long term mental and emotional effects - a sense of clam and peace - complement the benefits that emerge with consistent meditation.

Meditation techniques and yoga styles vary depending on their tradition and aim, as well as the approach and creativity of the guide or teacher. Techniques of meditation include breathe, body sensation, sound, mantras (a word or sound), and even movement. Yoga styles include Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Yin, Power yoga, among others. Our creative teachers are encourage to incorporate their personal style into class; they may focus on one tradition or another, or use of medley of styles to suit the class. See what MDitate offers here.

There is no one style or method of meditation or yoga is "better" than the other. What appeals to you may not appeal to your neighbor. We encourage you to try it all!


Doctor recommended, patient approved

You don't have to hear from a doctor to know that meditating and yoga are good for you.

While meditation is a powerful antidote to stress, the evidence confirms that it is so much more than a way to relax. Meditation is a complement to a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well, socializing with family and friends, and regular activity.

And speaking of activity, the yoga offered at MDitate, practiced frequently, aims to:

  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve strength
  • Enhance coordination and balance
  • Strengthen your cardiovascular health
  • Inspire mental and physical balance
  • Support or complement your other activities, hobbies and workouts
  • Build a sense of camaraderie, community and team building

While meditation is a powerful antidote to stress, the evidence confirms that it is so much more than a way to relax. Meditation is a complement to a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well, socializing with family and friends, and regular activity.


The Paradox of Meditation and the
Not So Subtle Effects of Yoga

Meditation can be thought of as a mental workout. It trains a part of our mind like exercise tones and builds muscle. The paradox is that through "exercising" the mind, that is, by training it to hush its chatter during meditation, we discover how refreshingly clear, more focused, and more serene we become when we aren't meditating.

Like a workout, phenomenal benefits are earned through making the practice a habit, part of your daily routine. Through practice, we tone our meditation muscle. What emerges over time is a newfound ability to navigate the ups and downs of the day.

Should you wish to join us for yoga, the benefits will be felt (literally) a bit differently than what you experience through consistent meditation. Your muscles will become more flexible, your core will tighten (and yes, so will your abs!), and you will gain a pep in your step! Meditation for mind, yoga for body, truly a special pairing.

And, before we go, similar to exercise (you knew this was coming!) meditation can at times get a little uncomfortable. While we need discipline to persist, the practice of any art needs a support system to keep it fun and fresh! That's why guided meditation with devoted people can be so valuable.

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