I know I can use more relaxation. So after work a few weeks ago I got talked into going to a meditation center with my biker friend “the Percolator” who could use more down time himself. The evening began with a relaxation meditation. Lying flat on our backs with eyes closed, we listened to the instructor’s calm, soothing voice. The Perc fell asleep in seconds. I gently nudged him awake when the yoga started and he acted like nothing happened. Then we did very simple poses that would be easy for anyone, of any age. The instructor was welcoming to newcomers and made positions easy to follow. Then we closed the evening with another relaxation meditation. My long week caught up with me and I was out like a light. I’ve promised to go back, but after coffee next time.
Here are a few resources for your wellness search.
Massages aren’t just an indulgence. Today even the Mayo Clinic recommends them for help with pain, stress relief, blood pressure control, boosting immune systems and healing injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many of these spas also offer manicures, pedicures, facials, Chakra balancing, foot reflexology and skin care body wraps.
Lifetime Spa and Salon
Sabai Body Temple
Massage Envy Spa
Zen Buddhist centers
Minneapolis has several Zen Buddhist centers where participants learn, and practice, bringing the ancient wisdom into their daily lives. Public meditations, classes, lectures and dinners make these gathering places active.
Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
Shambhala Meditation Center
Diamond Way Buddhist Center
Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center
Dharma Field Zen Center
The Meditation Center
Tergar Meditation Community
Tai Chi focuses the mind on very slow body movements and brings a state of mental calm and clarity to its participants. Classes are offered for groups, individuals or families.
Tilopa Tai Chi Qigong Center
Natural Step Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan Great River
If you don’t know if there’s a yoga studio in your immediate neighborhood, you need to look up from the sidewalk more often. It seems there’s a yoga studio at nearly every intersection. Through holding various poses, yoga calms the mind, energizes the body and strengthens muscles and flexibility.
Yoga Center of Minneapolis
One Yoga Studio
BKS Iyengar Yoga Center
Bikram’s Yoga College of India
The Om Collective
Yoga Lift Center
Invisible Bee Yoga Studio
To your health — Happy New Year!
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