London is a sprawling city encompassing millions of people and crammed full of stimuli, from blaring advertisements, crowds and constant traffic to the intellectual stimulation of museums and art galleries.
Sometimes it can all get a bit much, and for visitors and Londoners alike, sometimes the sanest thing to do is to slow down, relax and breathe deeply.
That’s certainly the view of the Connaught Hotel and its Aman Spa, who have recently launched daily meditation classes for guests, staff and visitors alike.
Perhaps the thing that stands out most about this though is that the hotel spa is offering these sessions free of charge…now that’s what we call good karma!
Taking place at 1PM each day, the classes are limited to eight participants at a time, and booking a free place in advance is necessary. According to the New York Times the meditation sessions take place in one of the spa’s treatment rooms, and are led by therapists who are trained in mindfulness meditation.
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Mindfulness meditation uses elements of Buddhist meditation practice, and encourages participants to be present in the moment rather than consumed by thought. Common techniques to achieve this include mindful breathing and concentration on music. Aside from the niceness and serenity, these free meditation sessions certainly won’t harm the uptake of the hotel’s paid spa services, and as a quirky extra may attract more guests to the hotel.
If you’d like to try a session, book in advance by calling the hotel spa on 0203 147 7305. Classes are at 1PM on weekdays, and last for 20 minutes.
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