Common Barriers When Learning to Meditate in the Morning
When trying to establish a morning meditation routine, there are a couple of common challenging that newbies tend to experience:
That inner voice convinces us that we’d rather sleep in than get up 10 minutes early
We find our mind getting regularly distracted due to thinking about what we need to do on our daily to do list
We don’t allow enough time to meditate and to come out of meditation relaxed. Therefore, you find yourself rushing around to get ready for work, which totally contradicts the practice in the first place.
You struggle with being distracted by others (eg. Family members, kids, etc)
You feel bad potentially waking your partner up due to getting up earlier than they do
If you’re planning to meditate in the morning, the best thing you can do is to notify those around you that your meditation practice is a “no disturb time”.
Find a time that best suits everyone (especially if your a mum with young kids) and then communicate the importance of having this you time to your partner and also your kids.
If you’re single, you dealt the much easier straw!!
Communication is key guys, and setting expectations for those around you.
If you don’t communicate, you’ll only get frustrated when people interrupt you which again, defies the point of your practice.
Also ensure to get into the habit of getting up early enough to allow time for meditation, but also time to come back to the present post-meditation.
If you’re a newbie starting from scratch 10 minutes for both should be plenty (Meditate for 3-5 minutes, and then have 5 minutes either side).
How to Meditate in the Morning
Here are the basic steps of meditation:
Get into your preferred meditation pose – take a seat on a chair, get into a seated pose or lie down on the floor
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Did I have to be religious to get the most benefit?
Would I need a lot of time to meditate and yield results?
Can I meditate when living at home with my family due to the distractions?
Will it really halp me find stress relief?
What if I can’t switch off my mind or thoughts?
So many doubts circled around i my head…BUT I decided to give it a go anyway.
After all, what did I have to lose??
Since then, I have been practicing regular meditation for over 3 years and it has had a profound impact on my mental and physical health.
Meditation has enabled me to:
Enjoy taking moment to pause, reflect, focus and live in the now
Gain greater clarity around my thoughts, rather than them being scattered and a tangled mess ALL THE TIME
To reduce anxiety and find stress relief before I start my day
Settle any stress or anxiety symptoms that I am experiencing at the time
Slow down my thoughts and focus on my priorities
Become more self aware, and also aware of others
Have more balanced and sustained energy during my day
Build a more positive mindset
Have more appreciation for the things I have in my life right now, rather than the things I don’t and worries about the future.
How to Meditate for Stress Relief
Meditation can help you to gain insight into the inner workings of your mind and become more self aware.
You learn to remain open and accept what your mind brings to surface (the good and the bad) and to let go of any emotions, stress or anxiety that you have been holding onto.
But, there are many different types of meditation which can make it at times, overwhelming for beginners.
Based on my own experience, I suggest that most beginners to start out with a basic meditation practice such as mindfulness meditation. Especially if your main goal is learning to meditate for stress relief.
Mindfulness meditation is great because it teaches you the basic concepts and principles behind meditation. This knowledge can then be transferred to and built upon for most other types of meditation.
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In the complete 14-day course you learn:
How anxiety & chronic stress impact our health and stress relieving activities you can do to combat it
About natural remedies you can add into your weekly routine for stress relief
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About the importance of self-care and some easy things you can do during your week to feel happier and fill your cup up
How to Meditate and what you need to know before getting started
How to maintain a good posture to improve the quality of your practice
How to choose a meditation pose that suits your body and improves comfort and focus
Simple techniques to create a Meditation room that you love and that heightens your meditation practice
Simple ways to reduce back & joint pain
How to build a fool-proof Meditation Routine in 14 days.
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Are you considering getting started with meditation but are unsure whether the juice is worth the squeeze?
Well… a few years a go, that was me.
I was in the same boat!
I’d heard about the benefits of meditation, but it took me over a course of a year to finally commit to trying and to adopting it into my routine.
I found it challenging to justify taking “time out” of my busy day to meditate
I felt like I was wasting time meditating, when I could be doing other “more important” things
I didn’t feel any different after my first few meditations or like I was getting any results
I thought meditation was a bit too “woo woo” for me.
BUT, once I learned about the array of possible benefits from regular meditation, and the importance of maintaining a consistent routine to experience change, I decided to push myself through the doubt.
AND, it was the best decision I’ve ever made!!
Overtime, I noticed that things were gradually changing.
And now, I can proudly say that some of the benefits I have experienced include:
My stress & anxiety symptoms have decreased
I feel happier and more content than ever
I have a better understanding of myselfand my body
I am more self-aware and aware of others
I have greater control over my thoughts and emotions
I find pleasure and gratitude in the small things
I’m not as impacted by others or their opinions of me
I’m much less go go go all the time – and can now find a state of peace and comfort that I’ve never had before
I’m more focused and productive than ever
I’m more resilient in stressful times and able to keep a level head space.
But what if you don’t have time…
For so many of us, being in a constant state of stress and tiredness has become the norm.
And although it makes us unhappy, impatient and frustrated, we often consider ourselves too busy to change.
In some cases, we even prevent ourselves from doing that “one thing” that could help and potentially change our lives, because we convince ourselves that we just DON’T HAVE TIME!
So, we put it off.
Well I’m telling you now…
Having this mentality is wrong and soon, you’re going to burn-out or crumble from all the prolonged stress on your body.
This is why learning how to meditate, even for 5-10 minutes a day, can be so helpful!
In this article I’m going to highlight the proven benefits of meditation and why meditation can be a godsend, when you know how to do it properly.
With a regular meditation routine, you maximise your likelihood of experiencing the mental and physical health benefits of meditation.
Those who claim they have not experienced any benefits of meditation, are usually those who:
Don’t put in the work
Don’t keep consistent or
Try to bite off more than they can chew and get overwhelmed
Butfor those who meditate properly, you are practically guaranteed some of the proven benefits below.
5) Find Happiness Through Meditation & Mindfulness
During your week, it’s important to take a moment to clear your mind.
Meditation is a great way to bring your focus back to the present.
When you focus on the present moment, you are much more likely to feel centred, happy and at peace. Meditation and mindfulness can help you with this.
And no, you don’t need to be a “pretzeled” yogi or a Buddhist monk to reap the health benefits of meditation. Anyone can engage in meditation exercises… even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes each morning.
When practiced regularly, meditation can help to reduce negative thoughts, anxiety, stress and depression and increase feelings of peace, calmness and serenity.
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6) Be Kind to Others & Yourself
This one is pretty simple. Just be nice!
You don’t have to be an angel or saint 100% of the time. Just be more respectful and kind to those around you.
Doing nice things for people can trigger feelings of happiness by making us feel warm and fuzzy due to the natural dopamine (happiness hormone) release we get from doing so.
Volunteer your time, help others and be giving.
They may not always return the favour or physically show their appreciation, but you’ll reap rewards in the long run, even if it’s just good Karma.
7) Nurture Your Body Properly
Your body is your temple and you only get one.
Instead of treating your body like a rubbish bin, fuel it with nutritious and healthy whole foods.
Engage in regular exercise (even if it’s just a 30-minute walk on your lunch break) and strive to get the 7-9 hours of sleep that your body needs for optimum performance.
This will make you feel good on the inside and look great on the outside.
When you feel run down or sick, give you body a chance to rest, repair and recharge. Even if it means not getting that one last task done and ticked off your to do list.
Self care is so critical, especially if you’re a high-achiever and tend to push yourself to burn out.
8) Appreciate You for You
Learn to love yourself as you are.
Each of us has our own quirks and insecurities. It’s how you manage and respond to these insecurities that will determine whether you thrive or self-destruct over time.
You have 3 options. You can either:
Choose to hate yourself or that part of your body; putting yourself down each time you look in the mirror over something you cannot change.
Take action to make a change. If you’re overweight, go to the gym and start eating properly.
Accept it and move on. Identify all the other characteristics that you love about yourself. Maybe you have great hair? A killer smile? A kind and loving heart? A natural wisdom about the world?
We’re all different and have unique features and personalities. Embrace it!
Accept yourself as you are – flaws and all.
Be grateful for what you do have rather than stressing about the things you don’t.
No one is perfect – so why are you trying so hard to be?
9) Cherish Your Relationships
Relationships are one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives.
Yet in our busy society, we become so easily caught up with other responsibilities that we neglect those around us.
In the pursuit of money, fame and fortune many of us overlook the needs of our family and friendships. If managed poorly it can lead you to a very depressing place.
To be happy, you must focus on surrounding yourself with a supportive circle of family and friends, a loving relationship and a thriving social life.
Cultivate and build connections (no, not through Instagram or Facebook), but actually in person.
By doing so, you will experience greater levels of joy, attract higher quality relationships into your life and satisfy your sense of belonging.
Rid yourself of pessimists or gossipers.
Disconnect from people in your life who make you feel bad, unworthy or unconfident.
Instead, make a conscious effort to spend quality time with happy people, family and friends who make you feel good, support and encourage you and take delight in your good fortunes.
In return, offer them the same.
10) Be Resilient
Learn and grow in the face of challenge.
When you get smacked down in life, remember…. life is a rollercoaster.
Don’t let it get you down.
Instead, rise up from failure, take on new challenges and adapt readily to change.
Stop taking things so seriously (as I used to). The truth is that you can’t control everything or have your way all the time (even though I used to wish we could).
Sometimes, life can push you down a different path which can be scary, or even exhilarating.
So ease up tiger!
Let your hair down every now and again and enjoy the ride. All will work out in the end.
For me, these 10 things have had a significant impact on my life.
I hope for your sake, that they have helped trigger even just ONE NEW IDEA on how you could do something differently. ONE SMALL THING you could change in your life to be a happier and healthier you.
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The next step of learning to meditate is to choose which types of meditation you would like to do during your practice.
Despite as many beginners think, there are many different types of meditation. There are some that can be a bit complicated and overwhelming for beginners.
That’s why it’s a good idea to choose a meditation style that matches your experience and preferences – I usually recommend mindfulness meditation for beginners. That’s also the style I’ll be focusing on within this article.
4. Set Your Timer
In terms of how long to set you timer for, it truly depends…
If you’re new to meditation, it’s usually best to start small and work your way up. Starting with 3-5 minutes, usually suffices.
Starting small also makes your meditation sessions seem less daunting. It will also help prevent you from procrastinating due to feeling that it’s a burden on your time. 5 minutes out of your 12 hour day is nothing guys…. therefore, you’re less likely to put it off.
As you improve, gradually extend your sessions to 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, then 30.
Don’t let ego or judgement get involved in this process. Everyone starts at the same level.
5. Close Your Eyes & Breathe Deeply
As you close your eyes, start to focus on your natural breathing rhythm and take a few deep breaths to relax you.
In theJourney to Calm Course, I explain diaphragmatic breathing in more detail and how this technique can be used to increase relaxation during your mindfulness meditation practice.
This style of breathing is a great skill to learn for life in general as it can also help you to relieve stress, anxiety or any built up tension in your body during the day.
As you enter your meditation practice, it’s a good idea to allow your body to adopt it’s natural breathing rhythm and just simply observe how your body moves with each breath.
How does your chest, shoulders, rib cage and stomach feel?
6. Check in With Your Body and Surroundings
Take a moment to tune in to your body and your surroundings.
How does your body feel right now, in the present moment?
What is the quality of your mind? Are stressed, tired, anxious, happy or relaxed?
Notice the sounds of your surrounding environment but remain unattached
Enjoy a moment of pure mindfulness, by living in the present moment.
Don’t worry about the things you have on your to-do list for the day. Let go of worries or baggage from your past.
During mindfulness meditation, it is completely normal to have moments where you experience a lapse in focus. You may become distracted with a thought, a noise in your environment or maybe even an itching sensation on your body.
Meditation is a process of recognition. That is, noticing when your mind steps off track and then gently bringing it back to attention.
If this happens to you during your practice, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just take a deep breath and return your focus to your breath.
8. Stop Overthinking & Let Go
As a meditation newbie back in the day, I found it really hard to maintain concentration and would regularly get distracted by my thoughts. #anxietylife.
I also felt really awkward and had no idea what I was doing. Like who wants to hang in silence with their own thoughts…. well at the time, not me.
I’d often worry whether I was doing things right or wrong. For example:
Were my hands in the right place?
If my nose gets itchy, can I scratch it?
Should I be “ommm-ing” or saying something?”
“I’m not feeling anything, maybe I’m doing it all wrong???”
You get my drift….
But meditation is not a one-size-fits all, and everyone’s experience is different.
Just because your boyfriend’s friend’s sister, Doris, claims she felt results immediately after her first session of meditation, doesn’t mean that you’ll experience the exact same thing…
You could, sure… but it’s always good idea to keep your mind open and enjoy your own journey.Try not to compare yourself to other and don’t concern yourself with all the nitty-gritty details.
In this course, I teach you all about mindfulness meditation and delve deeper into exactly what to do in each step mentioned above to improve your likelihood of success.
I also save you a lot of time, frustration and pain as a newbie… I truly wish I had this course when I was getting started, as opposed to all the time I wasted and confusion I felt trying to do it all on my own.
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I’ll never forget the first day I was told I had anxiety…
I was in high-school, trying to deal with the divorce of my parents, achieve high grades for my VCE and navigate the varying friendship groups and at times, the bitchiness that comes with high school life.
I would regularly worry about my future and whether being an “anxious” person made me weird to others, unrelateable or unlikeable.
Although relatively popular and with a large friendship group, I’d arrive at social situations feeling nervous, sweaty palmed and worried about saying something stupid, leaving myself humiliated or centre of attention.
I was afraid of being judged and cared so much about what others thought of me, and whether they could sense my insecurities through my confident facade.
I rarely spoke to anyone about my anxiety because I thought that I was on my own and that it was unusual.
But now, as I’ve grown older and wiser, I’ve learned that every day anxiety is actually a really common thing!
If you suffer from anxiety, I truly want you to know that you’re never alone or need to suffer in silence.
In fact, anxiety is considered one of the most common mental health issues across the world.
Below, I’ll explain the differences between anxiety / an anxiety disorder as well as a really powerful way you can overcome anxiety symptoms naturally.
You could feel anxious because you have a big exam or deadline coming up, you’re overloaded or stressed at work, you have a big social event coming up, you’re buying a house for the first time or because you need to face a personal fear(Eg. Getting an injection or climbing heights).
In these instances, anxiety is a normal part of life. It is rational, usually short-lived and is unlikely to continue after the stressor is gone.
Why Do We Feel Anxious?
Feeling anxious in certain situations, especially those requiring you to face a potentially harmful or worrying event, is not only normal but necessary for survival.
Back in our caveman days, our brain used to be on high alert for predators and incoming danger. When sensed, it would trigger an alarm and physiological response within us, usually consisting of:
An increased heartbeat
Sensitivity to our surroundings
A quick release of adrenaline
All of these responses were intended to help trigger our bodies into action. Often called the flight-or-fight response. This rapid response would enable us to physically confront or flee threats in a few seconds and get to safety.
Nowadays, our environment has changed, but our bodies are wired exactly the same way.
So, rather than running away from lions or tigers, our stress response is triggered by our jobs, life, money, family life, relationships and health crises.
The problem with this is that rather than only being switched on for a short period of time or a certain event (Ie. to escape the threat) our stress response is being activated for longer periods of time.
Now, many find it difficult to switch off, even after the stressor is gone.
With anxiety, the fight-flight response is overstimulated, depleting your internal resources. This causes you to feel exhausted, tense and irritable by the time you finally settle down.
This is very different compared to someone with an anxiety disorder.
What are Anxiety Disorders?
According to Anxiety.org,people who suffer from anxiety-related disorders feel a great degree of fear, worry or nervousness, even after the stressor has subsided.
In some cases, they may even feel unsafe due to intrusive, extreme, negative, unrealistic or exaggerated thought patterns.
People with anxiety disorders tend to worry about hypothetical disasters or perceived threats rather than real ones. They overthink and “over plan” in an attempt to prevent something from happening.
They may choose not leave their house for an extended period due to fear.
Anxiety disorders often interfere with the individual’s daily functioning and activities including going to school, work, going outside and with developing close relationships. It can also affect how they process emotions and behaviours.
Anxiety disorders are believed to develop over time and can be caused by a combination of factors including:
A family history of the disorder
Personality traits, or a
Stressful life event or traumatic experiences.
Understanding the difference between everyday anxiety symptoms and an anxiety disorder is important and is why you should seek the services of a licensed health professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Self-diagnosis is never a good idea.
Common Types of Anxiety Disorders
Here is a brief list of some common anxiety-related disorders. I’m not going to go into detail about them all in this article but will explain them in more depth in a future article.
Generalised anxiety disorder: Usually involves excessive worrying about anything and everything and not something in particular. It could even be worrying about worrying in certain cases.
Social anxiety disorder: This relates to people who avoid social situations due to fears of embarrassment, doing something wrong and being judged by others, often resulting in them pulling out of events.
Panic disorders: People who have this disorder often experience repeated panic attacks, and feel extreme and anxiety worry about having future attacks
Specific phobias: Relates to an intense and often irrational fear of a certain object or situation (e.g. Needles, Birds)
Agoraphobia: Is a disorder related to feeling extremely anxious about having a panic attack in certain situations and not being able to escape or get help
How to Overcome Anxiety!
Since being diagnosed with anxiety, I’ve tried many things to regain control over my thoughts and emotions. I was never interested in medication, and luckily my anxiety has never been bad enough to warrant it.
Mindfulness is such an amazing natural therapy and has been scientifically proven to have many mental, emotional and physical health benefits.
Feeling constantly stressed, anxious or burnout is really taxing on our bodies.
You may find yourself low on energy, with no time to enjoy the present or do things that fill your cup up.
If you struggle with managing the daily demands of life and the stress and anxiety that comes with it, mindfulness can be a great technique to include in your daily routine.
But as a newbie, some of the terminology used surrounding mindfulness and meditation can get really confusing…especially around mindfulness meditation.
What’s the difference between mindfulness and mindfulness meditation – or are they the same?
Are the concepts interchangeable?
What the heck is this business in the first place?
Yep, don’t worry, I get it…I’ve been there.
As a newbie, understanding the difference between mindfulness meditation and normal meditation can be a bit confusing….so I’m going to bring everything down to basics for you.
The key thing you need to know, is:
Yes – technically Mindfulness and Meditation are different things AND Mindfulness Meditation, is it’s own category.
This is because Mindfulness Meditation is actually a specific type of meditation that involves combining the two concepts together.
Let’s explore this in more detail so it’s clear as mud!
Towards the end of this article, I’ll also answer some common FAQ’s that beginners often have about meditation.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
In simple terms, Mindfulness relates to your ability to be present in the moment.
Being mindful involves being aware of where you are and what you’re doing, but are not overly reactive, distracted or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.
As a meditation practice, this involves taking a moment to clear your mind, relax, focus and observe wandering thoughts as they drift through your mind without any judgment. As you become distracted, you softly bring your attention back to focus.
Mindfulness meditation can be done in the comfort of a meditation room/ space, whilst you’re walking or even at your desk at work.
Mindfulness is a great meditation practice for beginners because the concept behind it is really simple, compared to some other types of meditation.
“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.” — Hugh Jackman
“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.” — Ellen DeGeneres
So there you go. You must be on to something good…
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I’ll touch on this in a bit more detail later in this article, but first – let’s touch on some common Meditation FAQ’s.
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FAQ’s about Mindfulness Meditation
1. How often should I meditate?
Once a day is usually ideal and most achievable, especially given our busy schedules.
Some prefer to do it more frequently (eg. in the morning and at night). As a newbie, I suggest that it’s probably best to only commit yourself to once a day. This will make it much easier and less of a time burden to turn it into a daily habit,
Note:At first, meditation may seem like a bit of a chore or another task to tick off your to-do list. BUT the more you practice, the more you’ll start to notice the benefits in your daily life.
View meditation as a moment of luxury and peace – some you time… that can be quite rare to get these days.
2. How long should I meditate for?
As a beginner, just start with 2-3 minutes each day – particularly in the first week. This way your meditation practice won’t feel like a burden on your time.
Also, if you try to extend your meditation sessions too early, you’ll likely find yourself struggling to concentrate for the entire time. This can cause you to end your sessions feeling frustrated and deflated. We don’t want that!
As your attention improves, you can then extend your sessions up to 15-30 minutes.
3. I find it difficult to concentrate during my sessions. Why is this the case?
It’s quite common for beginners to find it challenging to concentrate in the first few sessions of meditation, but this is normal.
Even I myself, and other experienced regular meditators have days where we find it hard to focus.
That’s why you want to choose a time in the day where you’re not engaged in thought-provoking activities beforehand. This is why morning sessions can be better (when your mind is clear).
If you find yourself struggling to maintain focus due to fidgeting, it could be worth giving your neck and body a quick stretch before you start.
4. I find sitting upright and cross-legged uncomfortable. Are there other positions I can try?
Yes! absolutely and I’m glad you asked. When I was first getting started with meditation, I too found some sitting positions uncomfortable. Especially if I was meditating for longer than 5 minutes.
If you can’t get comfortable during meditation because you get back pain or muscle tension, I’d highly recommend getting a meditation pillow or yoga mat. It will make your practice much more comfortable.
When I was starting out, it took me a while to rip the band-aid off and buy my first yoga mat and zafu meditation pillow. Thankfully, I made the decision because now I wouldn’t look back.
I’m so glad I took the leap because I had been stubborn for so long.
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As a beginner, it’s natural to question whether you need a yoga mat for meditation or not...
I know I even had this debate with myself A LOT in the beginning. But, for most newbies, one of the biggest challenges is getting comfortable and remaining still.
Investing in a yoga mat for your practice can be a great way to improve the quality and comfort of your meditation practice.
Here’s a couple of questions that often come up when considering whether you should get yourself a yoga mat. I’ll also highlight 5 different yoga mats that are good for helping beginners to improve comfort during meditation.
Do I Really Need a Yoga Mat for Meditation?
To be 100% honest, nope you don’t NEED to get a yoga mat.
BUT, it can make a profound difference to the comfort your experience during meditation, and also yoga.
Personally, these days I wouldn’t meditate without one…
When I was getting started with Meditation, discomfort was my biggest problem. I’d get itchy sitting on my carpet at home, and if lying down, I found the floor to be too hard.
When I went to yoga classes, their public yoga mats didn’t exactly turn me on….Especially with their disinfectant smelling aroma and previous sweat marks from the person who used the mat in the prior class…
Yuck & no thanks!
This is where having your own mat for meditation can be SUPER handy.
You’ll have the confidence that it’s clean and will also feel much more comfortable than sitting on the floor.
If you enjoy doing some yoga too (as I do), your mat can become multi-purpose. This way you’ll get more bang for your buck… which is awesome!
What Yoga Mat is Best for Meditation?
Well honestly, you have soooo many to choose from….
But this diverse amount of choice often makes the decision even harder!!
After all, as a beginner…how are you possibly going to know the difference between a shitty yoga mat, and one that is actually going to help you with your practice?
Well, that’s where I come in.
Having been meditating now for over 4 years, I’ve tried my fair share of different yoga mats. I’ve also done my research.
Below, I provide a quick overview into some of the more popular brands on Amazon – the perks and the downfalls.
That way, you can choose a mat that best suits you and your preferences.
Many customers (including me), love these mats because of the range of different patterns and colours you can get.
Has a good thickness for meditation and yoga
It comes with a FREE downloadable yoga workout, which is great if you’re also interested in giving yoga a go. Just double check it’s included before you buy.
Gaiam is a very reputable and trusted brand in the industry. Therefore, you can generally trust that you’re going to get a better quality product.
Several customers have complained that they keep slipping on the mat when they’re sweaty from yoga, despite it being advertised as non-slip.
Some people have said that the mat smells bad.
On this note, I actually did experience this a bit when my mat was delivered but after I let it air out for a bit, it was fine and nowadays, doesn’t smell at all. Some suggest to just wipe the mat down with warm water and soap.
For the purposes of meditation, this could be a good mat to get your meditation vibes going. Especially, due to all the cool colours and patterns that the mats come in.
After looking at several different yoga mats, I believe the TOPLUS yoga mat is the way to go.
Their mat is versatile and has really good reviews on Amazon.
The price is mid-range, so not too expensive or cheap.
I like that the mat is made from eco-friendly material rather than latex or PVC
Has a double-layered structure to improve grip and cushioning and reduce its likelihood to tear.
Their mat also comes with a carry strap making it light and easy to carry
The only real downside is that it only comes with a 1-year warranty, compared to some mats that have warranties for 2 years. However, after a few sessions, you’d probably know whether it is a good mat or not.
Some also say they’ve found the mat can be a bit slippery. But if you’re just doing meditation and maybe some simple yoga poses here and there, I think you’d be ok.