Grounding Down in the Big Smoke: a Guide to London's Meditation Studios

Re:Mind is a calm space in Victoria, one of the busiest transport hubs in London
Re:Mind is a calm space in Victoria, one of the busiest transport hubs in London | Courtesy of Re:Mind
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Commissioning Editor3 September 2021

Meditation isn’t a new concept: it began in India some 3,500 years ago. However, with the rise of apps such as Headspace and Aura, along with studios dedicated to its practice, meditation has certainly been having a moment of late. And it’s just what Londoners crave – even if only for an hour. Here’s how to go about it in London.

Re:Mind Studio

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London Victoria is up there with Clapham Junction and Waterloo as one of the busiest transport hubs in the capital. By no means is calm a word one would associate with it. But at Eccleston Yards, just a stone’s throw from the bustle, sits meditation studio Re:Mind. Inside, you’re greeted by a table of crystals, palo santo and grounding sprays, and invited to enjoy some loose-leaf tea before heading upstairs for an hour of introspection. Crystal bowls, turning forks, breath work and reiki healing are within this studio’s remit, which has up to seven classes a day.

The Refinery

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An all-round hub of wellness just off Well Street in Homerton, the Refinery has you covered for yoga in its myriad forms, alongside pilates and barre. The kundalini yoga here is about dynamic breathing techniques and a chanting of mantras, while the yin yoga classes are all about deep stretches, much like its restorative style, which incorporates blankets and bolsters (basically, pillows) to facilitate a snooze. For a little more power than passive, there are also vinyasa and ashtanga classes that are linked by movement in tandem with breath.

Wild swimming, meditation and SUP yoga in Berkshire

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While not technically in London, this four-day beginner meditation retreat just outside of the city on the border between Berkshire and Oxfordshire is a great option if you’re looking to escape for a few days. Organised by Culture Trip, the retreat takes place at the Swan at Streatley – a stylishly reinvented 17th-century hotel – set among mulberry-shaded gardens overlooking the Thames. Your stay will include morning yoga, meditation and breathwork (all in a peaceful riverview studio) with outdoor activities like country walks, wild swimming, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and even cider-tasting combining to create that wholesome holiday feeling.

Lifespace

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Lunchtime clarity is something we could all do with, right? Life Space in Notting Hill thought so. The space offers a class dedicated to finding it alongside gentle exercise practices such as pilates, qi gong and yoga or nidra – or, if you feel like it, ecstatic dance. It’s been designed to “bring back elements of nature, ancient wisdoms, teachings and practices to re-awaken the body’s own innate wisdom and healing mechanisms.” We’re sold.

London Meditation Project

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Taking your meditation practice up a notch, the London Meditation Project offers six-week-long courses alongside drop-in meditation classes and day retreats. And these open-to-all meditations aren’t in any bog-standard space – they take place in a 16-sided, 25-person Bedouin tent at St Ethelburga Centre that was designed in Saudi Arabia. The only rule is that you enter barefoot and open-minded.

Evolve Wellness Centre, London

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The West London counterpart to the Refinery, Evolve Wellness Centre offers barre and pilates alongside yoga at varying levels throughout the week – and they wrap up with a meditation to bring you back to the moment. Choose from restorative, ashtanga, hatha, nidra and vinyasa flow to find your inner zen and gratitude for taking time to honour yourself.
A gong bath session lasts between an hour and 90 minutes | Courtesy of Re:Mind
These recommendations were updated on September 3, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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