Stressed or simply want to get into a state of relaxation on Monday nights?
Give meditation a go and join qigong and meditation teacher Steven Carroll from Monday, February 3 at the Crookwell Tea House and Gallery at 6.15pm.
The weekly 75-minute meditation sessions will continue until the end of April and will be suitable for anyone.
However, due to the heat, the traditional Chinese healing modality of qigong will not go ahead, he said.
Instead, Carroll said participants would experience many different ways of meditating.
"We begin with an introduction to meditation as there are always new people," Carroll said.
"We cover a range of techniques every week."
One focus of the sessions will be sound meditation where "musical instruments are used and people will meditate to the sound that's in the room".
Carroll, who has been teaching meditation since 1991, said the practice came with many benefits.
"Meditation has been demonstrated to be useful for people with high blood pressure and various gastric disorders," he said.
"It also helps with dealing with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders."
While meditating isn't hard, doing it on a consistent basis is the biggest challenge, he said.
"The practice is really simple, which is the thing that makes it very difficult," Carroll said.
"You just have to do it.
"People do it once or twice and don't do it again, like going to the gym or going for a walk everyday."
Carroll encouraged people to take part in the sessions as there is a lot to gain from it both physically and mentally.
"Besides the health benefits, it is very enjoyable," he said.
"You can join in for a particular purpose or to enjoy the process of meditation itself.
"You don't have to join in every week, and you can leave early if you want.
"It is entirely up to you."
Drop-in visitors and beginners are welcome, but should call ahead to confirm the sessions are running and to book in.
Carroll suggested participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing.
The sessions on Monday nights from February 3 to April 27.
They cost $15 each and will be held at the Crookwell Tea House and Gallery, 41 Cowper Lane.
- For more information, call Steven Carroll on 0403 981 055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You just have to do it. Besides the health benefits, it is very enjoyable.Steven Carroll, meditation teacher and practitioner