THE BEST PLACES TO MEDITATE IN THE UK

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London

Will Williams Meditation

Vedic meditation is one of the most ancient techniques on the planet. Its simplicity and effectiveness make it the perfect antidote to the demands of 21st century life, bringing more calm to our lives. A range of courses are offered at the Soho studio, ranging in levels and goals with emphasis on easing anxiety and everyday stress London throws at us.

bhuti

bhuti is an eco wellbeing centre, day spa, yoga studio, wellbeing members club, and vegan cafe in Richmond, South West London. The yogi hideaway blends yoga and meditation together through its variety of classes. These include Aromatherapy Yoga, with carefully chosen essential oil blends to aid you physically, spiritually and mentally, while achieving that mental zen.

London Buddhist Centre

At the London Buddhist Centre, meditation and Buddhism are taught in a way that is relevant to contemporary life with the opportunity to experience these lessons either through a drop in session, a meditation course or going on retreat. While primarily based in Bethnal Green, the centre also does regularly run courses in Central London, opening up a greater space for people to find a mental sanctuary away from the bustle of the office.

Manchester

Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester

At Kadampa, the purpose of the centre is to provide a source of peace and harmony for the people of Manchester by giving access to reliable methods for developing inner peace. The centre is open to everybody, regardless of belief, background etc. Whether you wish to learn some basic meditation techniques, hear more about Buddhism or just want some time out to experience some peace and quiet, KMC Manchester has something for you.

Manchester Buddhist centre

Like its London Counterpart, the Buddhist centre surrounds itself around the idea that Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It can help us develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and calm, seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and cultivate new, more positive ways of being.  In the introductory classes two traditional Buddhist meditations, Mindfulness of breath and Metta Bhavana for positivity are taught in the hopes of gaining a new perspective on life.

Leeds

Insight for Wellbeing

Insight for Wellbeing is Leeds's longest established secular meditation centre based in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.  The centre offers a range of mindfulness classes, from day and evening classes and also a specialisation in Tantra Yoga Meditation. Courses are offered for complete beginners and also for the more experienced practitioners. 

Leeds Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and Kung Fu

The Lishi Lifestyle leads to a weekly class at this centre in St Martins View with each practice taking you on a journey of self-discovery as you get fitter, become healthier and gain more confidence. The physical body through the movements of Tai Chi and Yoga in particular becomes the focus for mindful exercise and moving meditation.

Cardiff

Cardiff Buddhist centre

Mindfulness through Meditation is an ancient Buddhist practice that has been integrated with modern psychological understanding. It opens up a more spacious way of living, helping you feel more confident, relax more easily and be fully present. On a mindfulness courses you’ll be taught a respected, proven approach by experienced mindfulness teachers. Becoming aware of the thoughts and reactions that hold you back is helpful if you’re working with challenges such as stress, anxiety or depression.

Birmingham

Kadampa Meditation Centre Birmingham

Kadampa in Birmingham offers lunchtime and after work breaks for the mind to create a peaceful mental state. The lunchtime mediation offers the opportunity for a midday mental uplift, while the after work classes help you let go of any stresses and strains of the day, all while being guided by the centres trained instructors.

Birmingham Buddhist Centre

The Buddhist Centre in Moseley is the heart of a network of spiritual friendships in which they teach meditation and Buddhism to anyone who is interested with open classes being offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Edinburgh

Transcendental Meditation Edinburgh

Effortless, simple and profoundly effective, Transcendental meditation is a unique form of meditation practised for 20 minutes twice daily, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. The ease off the practise allows anyone to participate. The technique allows the activity of the mind to settle down in a natural way until it is left quiet, yet wide awake. It allows stress and tiredness to be dissolved naturally, resulting in greater energy, clarity and enjoyment of life.

The Salisbury Centre

The Salisbury Centre exists to create a dynamic spiritual centre which provides for the City of Edinburgh by offering courses and experiences which actively support and encourage the development of responsibility and service to the community. The programmes are varied and accessible in order to offer people the opportunity to find their own spiritual path.