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Wellness expert, Madina Tanekeyeva, explains the effectiveness of group meditation

Meditation like any other skill requires discipline and diligence. The more we practice, the better we get at it. After 17 years of meditation, these days I can get into the desired state of calm and deeper connection in just a few minutes, whereas before it could take me up to an hour to get there.I remember how back in my beginner days I needed my teachers and my community to get to the desired profound calm state of mind. I always felt how more seasoned practitioners were just like anchors for my busy brain. When they were around, my practice would be so much more meaningful and deep. 

Later on I found an explanation to this phenomenon – it is all thanks to mirror neurons! A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when we act and when we observe the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of the other, as though the observer were acting her or himself. 

Mirror neurons explain why we can empathise and feel the same emotions as a person who is sharing them with us. This is exactly why when we meditate in a group led by an experienced teacher, we feel that practice is deeper and more meaningful in comparison to when we attempt to do it on our own. We simply catch a ride and enjoy calmness and spaciousness created by those around us. 

Join Madina, in March for a 90 min session of “Exploring Meditation” workshop where you’ll learn techniques to reduce stress, increase self-awareness and calm a busy mind. The focus of the workshop will explore simple and consistent mediation practices that you can apply to daily life – a practice that will inspire you to pause, breathe and reconnect with the stillness within, and in that stillness, find more calm and clarity you never knew existed.

Where: YogaBar Westfield Sydney
When: Thursday March 7th, 6pm – 7:30pm

Where: YogaBar Hurstville
When: Wednesday March 13th, 6pm – 7:30pm

To book in your spot simply follow the link https://www.theyogabar.com.au/whats/on/

We hope to see you there!

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