Meditation and practicing mindfulness can make a huge difference in our day-to-day lives but starting your wellness journey may not always feel so simple. Book a session at these meditation and mindfulness centres for a helping hand!
Between getting the kids off to school and playgroups and prioritising keeping the little ones entertained (from indoor playgrounds to museums to the hottest new activities and you name it!) as well as managing our own busy schedules, parents often have very little “me time”. Worse, sometimes we even feel guilty for taking some time to ourselves when we shouldn’t. After all, a healthy mind means an overall healthy lifestyle for our family. This is where meditation and mindfulness come to play.
Taking just 10 minutes out of your day to meditate can make all the difference. But starting your meditation journey isn’t always that simple, just when we want to slow down is when a million more thoughts come rushing in. We’ve found that joining a class to practice with professionals makes the world of difference! We’ve listed top meditation and mindfulness centres in Hong Kong offering classes and sessions for everyone to take a much needed time off. Plus there are tips on how to meditate by yourself at home!
Balance Health – Reiki, meditation, tai chi, hypnotherapy and more
Practitioners at Balance Health believe that health is maintained on three levels: physical, mental and spiritual. It offers Energy Medicine such as sound and light healing techniques, meditation, hypnotherapy and tai chi, all of which aim to help restore the balance in your body in a comfortable environment.
Hong Kong Center For Mindfulness – Eight-week mindfulness practice
Mindfulness is great for anyone who wants to reap the benefits of meditation without introducing any of the spiritual elements. The Hong Kong Center for Mindfulness runs an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course which includes weekly meetings, a day retreat and daily home practice. Participants learn various skills such as sitting meditation, body scan, movement, eating mindfully and communication exercises.
Ikigai – General meditation, breathwork and sound-based meditation
You may know of Ikigai as the mirrorless yoga studio, but there’s more within these orange walls! Ikigai has a variety of meditative practices that can benefit your overall health and mental well-being. Classes include Mindfulness Meditation, Sound Healing & Therapy and Breathwork amongst others. You can find a more in-depth breakdown of the wellness programs here.
Ikigai Central, 7/F On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 9013 3701
Kadampa Meditation Centre – Regular meditation classes conducted in English
This is a centre for anyone who wants to learn the essential skills of meditation and practical ways of incorporating Buddhist teachings into their everyday lives. Students here learn how to incorporate the ancient wisdom of Buddha into their daily lives. The teachings are very practical, accessible and easy to understand. It offers meditation classes, workshops and study programmes with beginner drop-in classes.
mindish – Meditation, therapy and coaching both individually and in groups
Get the help and support you need at mindish – the meditation classes here are done either individually or in groups, which is up to your preference. Meditation and mindfulness practices here are divided according to your needs, whether you are seeking restoration via sounds bowls or tuning forks, want to gain clarity and focus, feel at ease in a movement-based meditation or rebalance your internal energy system through Qigong and martial arts.
Red Doors Studio – Gong baths and meditation
Gong bath sessions at Red Doors Studio start with chanting and a few gentle seated exercises. You also set an intention for the session, which will help guide the sound. Why try it? The sound of the gongs quickly induces a state of meditation and relaxation that facilitates the movement of chi or prana throughout the body.
Vipassana Meditation Center Hong Kong – 10-day retreat on Lantau Island
For those seeking a retreat within Hong Kong, Vipassana Meditation Center Hong Kong on Lantau Island offers a 10-day introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The meditation practice is done in groups but you focus on yourself, without speaking to other students, and each day you will be meditating for up to 10 hours.
How to Meditate And Practice Mindfulness On Your Own
A good place to start is simply to focus on your breath. Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be on your way to a calmer and happier you.
- Find a quiet spot to sit down, either on a cushion or on a chair if your back needs extra support.
- Set a timer for a specified time. Start with five minutes and slowly build your way up to 20 minutes. Having a set amount of time helps your mind to settle.
- Place your palms comfortably on your lap or on your knees and allow your eyes to blink closed.
- Take a moment to make sure your body is completely relaxed. Check in on your forehead, jaw and shoulders and release any tension you might be holding on to.
- Start to notice the breath moving in and out of the body. Feel how your body rises as you inhale and how it falls as you exhale.
- Begin to notice the pauses between the breaths – at the top of the inhale and at the bottom of the exhale. Try to lengthen those pauses.
- When a thought pops into your mind, just acknowledge it and allow it to drift away. It sometimes makes it easier to imagine your thoughts like clouds and see any thoughts simply drifting away.
- Continue to focus on your breath until the timer goes off.
- A nice way to end your meditation is to think of a few things you’re grateful for – big things, little things, anything that fills you up with love. Now let that feeling of gratitude flow through your whole body, and then open your eyes.
Editor’s note: “Your Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness Centres In Hong Kong” was originally published by Rosalie E’Silva and was most recently updated in February 2023 by Fashila Kanakka.