What type of meditation is taught?
Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation teaches a variety of meditation techniques rather than one particular type. Participants are introduced to the main principles of mindfulness meditation and how to integrate mindfulness in practical and meaningful ways in day-to-day life.
Are the meditation courses religious?
No, the courses are not religious. The courses are grounded in research and best practice.
Where is Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation located?
Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation runs courses and workshops in Preston (from February 2016).
We also run meditation courses and workshops and yoga classes at schools, workplaces and in community settings (such as public housing estates and community health organisations).
How do the meditation courses work?
Courses are usually 6 – 8 weeks in duration, with each week’s session running for 1- 1.5 hours. Participants can sit on chairs or on the ground (there is no expectation that you sit cross-legged on the ground!) and are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes. Courses involve a mixture of meditation theory and practice.
What type of yoga classes do you run?
Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation teaches hatha yoga. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely (Yoga Journal, 2014). The courses can be customised to suit the ability and experience of the group.
Questions for schools
Where are the meditation courses for school students run?
Courses run for school students are generally held on the school premises. We recommend a 6 week course, with an hour of the course each week.
How many students are in each course?
We suggest that each course has no more than 15 students. To ensure students get the most out of the course, they should be encouraged to attend each week rather than attend only once.
Questions for community organisations
Where are the meditation courses for community organisations run?
Courses are delivered in a setting that the clients of the community organisation are familiar with. This is generally at the office or grounds of the community organisation.
Who pays for the course or class?
There are a number of options. The community organisation may have some funding to run a meditation course or a yoga class. Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation can also work with community organisations to apply for funding from philanthropic organisations or local councils to deliver the meditation course or yoga class.
Either way, we recommend that individual participants contribute towards the cost of the course or class each week.