The best meditation specialists in Canberra

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A group of people doing a guided meditation.

Where are the best meditation specialists in Canberra? Photo: File.

There is no denying the many benefits of meditation. This ancient mindfulness technique helps restore the mind and body to a state of calm awareness. Committing to a regular meditation practice can help you reduce stress levels, improve patience, develop a stronger sense of empathy, become more accepting, and feel happier and more content, even when things go wrong.

In a busy city like Canberra where it can be all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, regular meditation can be a godsend. But whether you’re a practiced yogi or you’re looking to try something new, getting into meditation can feel a bit daunting. How do you find a place where you feel comfortable? Where do you even start looking?

If you are looking to start or develop your meditation practice, you’ve landed in the right place. In this article, we’ll tell you about what makes a great meditation specialist so you have an idea of what to look for, as well as a guide to the best meditation experts in Canberra.

What makes a great meditation specialist?

Not quite sure what, exactly, you are looking for in a meditation specialist? No worries. We recommend looking out for the following must-have traits:

  • Years of experience. The best meditation specialists have years of experience – both practising meditation themselves and teaching meditation to their students.
  • Compassionate, understanding approach. Meditation can be difficult. As you learn to quiet your mind, you may experience feelings of vulnerability and discomfort – this is totally normal. An excellent meditation specialist will take a kind and compassionate approach.
  • Convenient time and place. Convenience is critical. If you are looking to join a weekly meditation, look for a studio or centre that’s close to your home or workplace.
  • Welcoming of all types of people. Meditation is for everyone. Your age, gender, appearance, and experience are irrelevant. The best meditation specialists know this and make all types of people feel welcome and valued.

The best meditation specialists in Canberra

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Without further ado, it’s time to introduce the top meditation specialists in the Canberra region – according to the locals.

Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra

The Sakya Temple is a haven of peace, meditation and spirituality, and is a fantastic way to learn more about Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhist Society offers a variety of meditation classes here, from 8-week courses to residential retreats and casual group classes.

Facebook user Michelle Sandison says, “Had a wonderful time at the recent Calm Abiding Meditation retreat at SIBA. Thoroughly recommend it. Thanks to all who facilitated and participated.”

Flourish Yoga

Tucked away on Mort Street in Braddon, Flourish Yoga are perfect for the casual meditation class. Their qualified teachers will cover various meditation techniques, including meditation on the breath, mantra meditation, walking meditation, and Yoga Nidra. The Flourish Yoga team truly believe in what they do, teaching with a kind, compassionate approach, leaving all participants feeling cool, calm, and utterly blissed.

Tassanee Thorne wrote on Google, “Friendly, knowledgeable instructors with really good size classes.”

Transcendental Meditation – Canberra

Transcendental Meditation is a specific practice of meditation focused on helping you ‘transcend’ thought. This is in contrast to mindful meditation which involves active awareness of the mind as it wanders, and repeatedly refocusing the awareness on the present moment. Transcendental Meditation is the perfect technique for truly escaping a busy lifestyle. Canberra is lucky enough to have its very own qualified TM instructor, offering info sessions and one-on-one classes.

As Facebook user Sylvia Stuart writes, “Most effortless and joyful meditation that you look forward to doing.”

InSync BML

InSync Body, Mind, Life was founded in 2001 and has been providing support to a diverse range of individuals and organisations ever since. Whether you are just interested in yoga on the mat or you want to expand your knowledge and learn how to apply yoga and meditation to your daily life, InSync is here to guide you on your journey. Along with in-person yoga classes and online courses, InSync also offers guided meditation courses to help you relax and reconnect with your mind and body.

As Facebook user Skye Shannon writes in this review, “A wonderfully peaceful and welcoming environment – perfect for nurturing and sharing the experience of wellness!”

If you’re looking for more ways to wind-down and reconnect with your body, check out our articles on the best yoga studios, Thai massage salons and the best saunas in Canberra for some more ways to relax and retreat.

Your experience with meditation specialists in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Do you attend meditation classes? Have you completed a meditation course? Share your experience in the comments area below for our readers to check out!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health beneifts of meditation?
Giving yourself time to clear your mind, slow your breath and fully relax can have enormous benefits to your mental health and wellbeing. Meditation allows you to carry yourself more calmly, more grounded and happier during your day, and can also help you clear your mind and relax before bed so you can get a restful night's sleep.
How often should I meditate?
Meditation is a very personal practice, so it really comes down to what you need and are comfortable with. If you feel like you need to escape the day and give yourself time to breathe daily, then you should do it daily. If you can get by with just once a week, then that's fine too!
What is the best time of day to meditate?
Anytime you can meditate is the perfect time to meditate. There is no rule to meditation! However, studies have shown that meditation at the beginning of the day can lead to a more positive experience of the day's events, and nighttime meditation before bed can help you get a more restful night's sleep.
Why should I join a meditation group?
For some, meditating alone doesn't quite cut it. If you think that you'd find it easier to meditate with other people, some have said that group meditation has been a much deeper and more fulfilling experience than meditating alone. It's also a good way to hold yourself accountable and make meditation a regular part of your routine!
How do I meditate?
Meditation is all about clearing the mind, slowing the breath, and relaxing the body, all with the goal of creating a moment of peace and mindfulness. There are no firm rules for how to meditate - if you'd prefer to listen to some music or lie down rather than sit, then all of that is fine. The point of meditation is that you are happy and comfortable!

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immortal immortal 6:09 am 28 Feb 12

Years ago I was in a meditation course with my sister at the ANU Sport Club and we really enjoyed it.You don’t need to be an ANU student to join. Not sure whether the guy still do the course there though now but you can definitely check that out.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 9:44 am 24 Feb 12

Why do you need to be taught how to do nothing?

Join the public service instead, you’ll learn how, and get paid for it!

I’m like a barrel of monkeys me!

Silveras Silveras 12:11 am 24 Feb 12

I’d look into some Qigong. I know there are a few places in Canberra that practice it. i.e. Firedragon Australia in Ainslie – (www.firedragon.com.au) and the Tai Chi Academy in Woden (http://www.taichiacademy.com.au/courses.php).

kennardly kennardly 8:23 am 23 Feb 12
bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 2:14 pm 22 Feb 12

Try the Australian Labor National Secretariat, in the office end of Hotel Realm.

There’s a lot of soul searching happening there at the moment and sure could be with a bit of meditative peace and quiet.

madamcholet madamcholet 7:16 am 22 Feb 12

I think they may do. I do know that they run ultra marathons and the like. Apparently that’s what meditation can do for you. Can’t say I felt that urge though!

dungfungus dungfungus 3:31 pm 21 Feb 12

madamcholet said :

Canberra Meditation http://www.canberrameditation.org/ who run really good free sessions.. Run basically by converts to Sri Chimnoy’s beleifs but they don’t force any of it on you. At the end you can choose to continue with their group. They do weekend sesions or night time sessions over three weeks. I found them to be quite good at giving you the basics.

Isn’t Sri Chinmoy the dude who sposored the fun run or something like it?

madamcholet madamcholet 2:47 pm 21 Feb 12

Canberra Meditation http://www.canberrameditation.org/ who run really good free sessions.. Run basically by converts to Sri Chimnoy’s beleifs but they don’t force any of it on you. At the end you can choose to continue with their group. They do weekend sesions or night time sessions over three weeks. I found them to be quite good at giving you the basics.

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