Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to sit on the floor?
Sitting on the floor is not necessary. It is best to sit in a position where your back is straight – that could be on the floor, on a chair, or even laying down.
How long do I have to sit to be effective?
When you are first starting to meditate, be kind to yourself. It is not easy to sit for long periods of time at first, nor is that necessary for your meditation to be beneficial. It is more important to do meditation daily and develop the habit of a daily practice.
We have mats and a variety of other props at the studio, but feel free to bring your own. There is tea and water here for your convenience. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in.
Is meditation or yoga a religion?
No, although many religions use meditation or prayer. Meditation is just a way of sitting quietly and going within. At Breathe, we offer many different types of meditation so each individual can find their perfect fit. You do not need to be affiliated with any religion to attend Breathe Studio classes. Yoga traditions are affiliated with religions but are not in themselves religious. Yoga is sometimes described as spiritual. If you have questions on this please don’t hesitate to ask us – we understand this is new to many and was once new to us so we can discuss our experiences with this as well. Most importantly, do what you are comfortable with. If there is chanting in a class and you don’t want to chant that is fine – it is your practice.
How long are the meditations?
Meditation class are usually an hour to an hour and a half. – but the time in class is broken up. Beginners classes will have 5-11 minute meditations, other classes will offer 30 minute meditations.
What if I can’t sit still?
This happens to us all from time to time. This is a friendly environment. If you need to leave for a few minutes and start over you can always give yourself a break. Also, shifting a bit is normal, especially when you first start. It takes a few tries to find what is most comfortable for you. A Place to Breathe is a studio where you can try new techniques and learn to be patient with yourself and grow into your practice.