3 Tools for Elevating Your Quarantined MeditationsMay 20, 2021
With so much time now on our hands thanks to the Covid-19 quarantine, it's no surprise that people are taking up new hobbies and activities. From baking bread to home workouts, many of us have been using this time to find new ways to pass the time that also helps us to live our best lives. Another one of these activities that people have been flocking towards lately has been meditation.
As a meditation instructor, I've received constant messages from my students asking me how they can create a meditation practice at home. And while the answer could be as simple as saying, "just sit down and meditate," I wanted to share a few unique tools that people could easily use in order to elevate their meditation routine and keep themselves from going totally crazy:
1. CREATE A MEDITATION CORNER
Just as we are more likely to tidy our spaces if everything has a dedicated place, we are more likely to practice meditation if we have a dedicated space to do it. For some, this might mean a meditation cushion perfectly situated in a quiet room. But for those of us quarantining in an apartment, this can be as simple as taking an extra pillow from our couch and putting it in a dedicated corner. Feel free to get creative here. Place a blanket or a towel under your pillow, add some electric candles, or even bring a high-oxygen producing plant (such as a snake plant or devil's ivy) near you. The opportunities are endless!
When I stopped forcing myself to meditate in my messy bed every morning and instead created a dedicated space for my practice, I found that I was way more likely to take time out of my day to devote to my practice. And, that I would meditate more frequently throughout the day. I would catch a glimpse of my corner mid-day and it would serve as a reminder for me to take a step back from my work and spend a few minutes in meditation.
Next time you're feeling the urge to skip your daily meditation (it happens to the best of us!) try shaking up your routine by creating a dedicated space.
2. INCORPORATE BREATHWORK INTO YOUR PRACTICE
Meditation and breathwork are like sister practices; both incorporate the same principle of remaining connected to the body in the present moment. However, unlike meditation, breathwork provides more activity to the body, which is perfect for someone who has a hard time sitting still or keeping their mind focused during meditation.
There are many different types of breathwork. From Nadi Shodhana (aka nostril breathing), to the Wim-Hof method, diving into the world of breathwork can open up the space to learning a new practice. As a breathwork facilitator, as well as a meditation teacher, I love combining these two tools together to create an entirely unique and restorative experience.
I teach the Revelation Breathwork method, which goes as follows: inhale through your mouth, expanding the belly with the breath. Then keep inhaling as you bring that breath up into your chest. Finally, exhale through the mouth and let the breath go. Repeat this 3-part pattern throughout your meditation practice to create a more active and engaged experience.
3. TRY A VIRTUAL MEDITATION CLASS
Just as virtual workout classes are a great way to pass the time in quarantine, so are virtual meditation classes! Meditation studios across the country have adapted to now offer virtual classes during this time in quarantine. If you are new to meditation and are looking for more direct guidance and instruction, or if you prefer to follow a guided meditation rather than just meditating on your own, then virtual classes are a great way to gain these experiences within the comfort of your own home.
MNDFL Meditation in New York City is currently offering live-streamed meditation classes starting at $4.99/class, while Anchor Meditation in San Francisco is offering two weeks of unlimited classes for $20.
While it's a-okay to simply sit down on your couch and meditate on your own, using these tools can help you to elevate your practice and get more inspired to engage in your meditation routine. Next time you find yourself in a meditation rut, or simply don't know where to begin, try incorporating one (or all!) of these tools into your practice and see which one(s) work for you.
And remember, like most things in life, meditation is a journey, not a destination. The more you explore new tools and try them out, the closer you will get to finding a meditation practice that works for you - even if you're stuck in quarantine.
If you decide to try out any of these practices, share your experience on Instagram! And don't forget to tag me @theroadtohannah so I can support you in your journey!