When you think about meditation, do you envision sitting cross legged in a candlelit space, breathing deeply, maybe with a mantra, (trying) to let the thoughts float away?
While a traditional seated meditation practice undoubtedly offers many benefits to those who love to practice this way, it’s important to note that it is not the only way to go. And, it’s not necessarily the best practice for everyone.
The benefits of meditation, which include feelings of relaxation, groundedness, clarity, inner connection, and peace can be received in many different meditation practices, including dance and music mediation.
As you explore your options, the key is to remember that whatever you’re drawn to and however you show up is 100% perfect. There’s no need to bring any judgements into your spiritual and wellness activities.
Here are some of the beautiful alternative meditation practices popping up around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. If seated meditation just isn’t working or you’re wanting to add an additional meditation practice to your wellness routine, here are the dance and music meditations that await you in and around Vancouver. Enjoy!
I recently spoke with the president of the Yasodhara Ashram, Swami Lalitananda, who explained to me that there is a rich history of dance in the yogic tradition, both as a devotional practice and a way to experience oneself fully alive.
Dance is said to offer a more fully embodied form of meditation, and there are quite a few interesting and diverse dance meditation options around Vancouver.
The vibration of sound is a beautiful way to help us drop out of the mind and into presence.
From Kirtan with Enchant Vancouver and Kirtan for the People, to Sound Meditation with West Coast Shamanic, to Sound Journeys with Matthew Kocel, there are many sound meditation experiences to explore across the Lower Mainland.
We’d recommend starting here to see all your options, and then reading up a little on each teacher to see what resonates. Check out this article for an in depth look at sound meditation teachers around Vancouver.
Ultimately, with any of these experiences, it’s best to come with a clear intention and open mind. If one of these movement or music meditations doesn’t connect, try a few more! And please let me know what you tried and what resonates; I’d love to hear about your experience or meet you at an upcoming meditation.