Welcome back to the official AwakeconBal Lifestyle blog where we showcase the latest developments from our lifestyle studio. As you may be aware we are excited to announce our Summer series of complimentary workshops. Over the course of the next few weeks both new and existing clients will have the opportunity to experience a variety of our classes for free. Last week saw, as well as a certain wedding, a full house for our Sound Bath Meditation and Guided Meditation classes. We spoke to one attendee who kindly shared their experiences and thoughts on the boutique class taken by Zsena Kali Kay.
I have always been interested in yoga and meditation. From a young age I have been around family members who also practice and enjoy both, so I decided to download the app Mindbody when I came across AwakeConbal Chelsea. Being a local, I decided to, rather nervously, sign up for the Saturday class.
As soon as I arrived at the studio I was greeted by Zsena, the friendly face and owner of Awakeconbal who would be teaching the class. The light filled studio, a converted church so I am told, was a welcoming space with individual yoga mats, pillows, notebooks and rollers all neatly laid out. It was clear that much preparation had gone into ensuring that each student was made to feel welcome and that the well organised class would allow us all to focus on the meditation and not worry about anything. Or at least try not to!
The beginning of the class started with a very interesting breakdown of what Sound Bath Meditation and Visual Meditation are. Zsena provided a very in depth sheet which she expertly spoke through and explained what the purpose of the workshop was and how meditation can assist in many areas of our lives. What I enjoyed about the thorough explanation was that other attendees and myself were able to join in and ask questions and talk about the class. This made me really connect to the class and I felt that whilst the meditation would be guided, each attendee was made to feel part of the class and encouraged to engage.
Once the explanation was over we were asked to set our purpose for the first meditation. Setting the purpose was a powerful way to set our goal and focus for the meditation and identify what we wanted to achieve. I always thought meditation was a passive exercise but setting a goal and a purpose made me realise that, like with many things in life, we are in control of our experiences and our focus. As we laid down on the soft mats, I was immediately made to feel at ease as we began the exercise.
Throughout the course of the sound bath meditation, soft chimes and sounds were played by Zsena using the Chakra singing bowls. Each sound resonates at a different frequency that vibrates with the chakras. Every individual may experience the session differently and any blocked chakras would be affected, yet as we worked on our breath various thoughts flooded my mind that gently moved into a space that I haven’t been in before. I focused on my purpose and worked on the controlled breathing and, towards the end as we were gently covered in blankets, I began to move into a very peaceful, yet focused state.
Once the exercise had finished we were encouraged to share our experiences and interact with Zsena and the other attendees. I really enjoyed this as it made me really connect to others and I enjoyed hearing their own experiences as well as sharing mine.
The second exercise was a variant on the first and was more of a physical experience. Again, soft sounds washed over us as we set our purpose and focused for the meditation. What made the second one different was the use of roller mats, the ones that you use at the gym to stretch out, where we positioned them onto various chakras to release any pent up energy and tension. I must admit I did find this challenging and didn’t realise how tense I was. However, within the challenge came the reward, because the more I focused, my breath, held the positions and controlled my mind the more I enjoyed the class. Finally, the second meditation came to an end and we again discussed our experiences together and what we wanted to focus on.
Overall I had a marvellous time at the studio and in the Sound Bath Meditation workshop. I was impressed by the friendly knowledge of Zsena, the engaging teaching style and the meditations themselves. I would recommend this class and hope to attend again.
For more information on our Sound Bath and Visual Meditation classes contact our teams today via 07896 360 170 or firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up today for our Sound Bath Meditation Classes London.