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Meditation isn’t a new concept: it began in India some 3,500 years ago. However, with the rise of apps like Headspace and Aura, along with studios dedicated to its practice, meditation has certainly been having its moment of late. And it’s just what Londoners crave – even if only for an hour. Here’s how to go about it in the city.
An all-round hub of wellness just off Homerton’s Well Street, The Refinery has got you covered for yoga in its myriad forms, alongside pilates and barre. Its kundalini yoga is about dynamic breathing techniques and a chanting of mantras, while its 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.
Lunchtime clarity is something we could all do with, right? Notting Hill’s Life Space thought so. The space offers a class dedicated to finding it alongside gentle exercise practices like 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.