We’ve all heard the hype of how great meditation is for your mind, your body and well, pretty much everything. One of the biggest factors that keeps people from doing this scientifically proven practice though is not knowing how. Thankfully places like Unplug Meditation in Los Angeles are popping up to take the guessing game out of it and leaving you with pure, blissful, scheduled relaxation.
The second I walked through the door I noticed I took a deep breath. The space has all clean white lines, minimalistic but inspiring decor and a little tea & snack bar offering up some healthy treats to ease you back into real life when you’re done. The staff even speaks in quiet and comforting tones to help set the mood. Once you walk into the main studio all meditators are instructed to leave those cell phones outside or turn them off completely. Vibrate is not an option here. Instead of yoga mats they use unique cushions that bend in half to keep your body upright or your knees bended if your choose or you can just lay them flat. The lighting immediately puts you in the zone with pink filters and candles lit up front where the teacher sits.
I took a 45 min class (30min classes are also offered) with a pro named Heather Hayward. The music she used was intoxicating. Even the novice meditator would immediately be swept into a deep relaxation with this music. Her voice was so relaxing and soothing without trying too hard and I immediately knew I was in a safe place where I could let go. 45 min went by like a breeze and I came out of the studio feeling relaxed, inspired and ready to purchase some cool stuff.
I’m a total sucker for anything inspiring & motivating and Unplug has a lot of it to offer. To the right of the front desk is a book shelf filled with New Age and Self-Help books that cover everything from healing your heart to cleaning your home. There was a little section of handmade jewelry made with gorgeous crystals and another shelf lining a wall filled with inspired tea cups, aromatherapy, and plenty other desired purchases. Somehow I only ended up leaving with a watch that appropriately says the word “now”. Since after all, meditation is all about the present moment.