Meditation Classes: New Orleans + Online
After a while, our meditation practice can begin to feel monotonous. Just like in any other relationship, some of the original magic we once felt can begin to dissipate. It’s up to us to maintain the relationship we have with our minds, just like we would any other relationship.
In this guide, we'll explore practical tips that can help you reconnect to and spice up your meditation experience right here in New Orleans. Here are six tips to amp up your meditation practice which will work for all types of meditation to reduce stress and be in the present moment.
1. Seek Guidance from a Teacher:
Finding a knowledgeable meditation teacher can greatly enhance your practice. An experienced teacher can offer valuable insights, techniques, and personalized guidance to help you navigate the intricacies of meditation. Think about it: if you wanted to learn to swim or play guitar, wouldn’t you look for a qualified teacher who could teach you what you need to know? At Sama, our meditation classes are led by dedicated practitioners and teachers who offer support and wisdom on your path to self-discovery.
2. Create an Ambiance:
At home, craft a serene environment that supports your meditation practice. Set aside a designated space that is clean, clutter-free, and conducive to relaxation. Consider adding elements like candles, incense, or soft lighting to create a peaceful ambiance and to light up your mind. The objects you place here should inspire you and serve as a reminder of why you want to continue your daily sadhana, or practice, and why you believe these practices matter. For ideas on fragrances and how to add luxury to your meditation area, check out of Haus of Hoodoo.
3. Explore Different Techniques:
Meditation offers a vast array of techniques to suit various preferences and goals. Experiment with different styles such as our Stress Relief Meditation, which is based on creating mental focus and clarity, and our Open Heart Meditation, which cultivates our compassion. Explore breath-focused techniques like pranayama in our Breath class, or relaxation techniques like Yoga Nidra, which we also offer regularly. Consider coming to a Sunday Evening Slow Down to do a practice of restorative yoga to a beautiful Sound Bath to see how this prepares your mind for meditation. Variety will not only keep your practice fresh but also allow you to explore different aspects of your being.
4. Cultivate Consistency:
Consistency is key when it comes to meditation. Set aside a specific time each day for your practice and stick to it. Even if you can only spare a few minutes initially, regularity will help you build momentum and deepen your experience over time. If you’re an early bird, you can attend our daily Coming Home practice every morning in our virtual studio for a mix of meditation, pranayama, and asana. Treat your meditation practice as a sacred commitment to your own well-being.
5. Know Thyself:
We’re all motivated by different things. Some people really operate well with an external tracking system, like a checkmark on the calendar or dropping a seed into a jar so they have a visual reminder to motivate their efforts. Others might feel more inspired by a more devotional practice, like thinking of their teachers, or having pictures of saints and sages at their altar to remind them of the wisdom of so many beings who have come before who can remind us of the potential within our own minds. Maybe you do better in an empty space free of distractions, or maybe you want to make your space luxurious, full of pictures, flowers, and offerings. Get to know yourself and honor what works for you. And if you’re not sure, try a few things out! You’ll know when something begins to stick.
6. Attend a Silent Retreat:
Like going on a long weekend away with your partner, attending a silent retreat can reignite your love for meditation. You also have the benefit of being in community and guided by a skilled teacher. Don’t underestimate the power of taking a day to amplify your practice and get re-inspired.
By incorporating these practical suggestions into your meditation routine, you can elevate your practice and reap the transformative benefits of this ancient art. And don’t forget, we’re here to help, too. We offer meditation classes in New Orleans.