With our city’s fast-paced energy, it can be challenging to take a step back. An inherent need to keep moving and doing can often keep us from tending the most important parts of our being. Through the practice of meditation, we can work towards creating calm and finding breath, focus and clarity.
And while the importance of meditation may seem to be another buzzy idea used to sell books and apps, there are many ways to ease into the practice without spending much, if anything at all. In honour of achieving enlightenment through mindfulness, we’ve rounded up a few places in Toronto that can help you start your meditation journey while on a budget.
Every Friday between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm, The Quiet Company offers a $10 drop-in meditation class called Reset with Meditation. This lunchtime class can help bring back that concentration to tackle the last few tasks on your to-do list before the weekend starts.The session will include two guided meditations and encourages all levels to come and participate.
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Meditation Toronto — 766 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C4
Meditation Toronto gives you something to look forward to at the start of your work week. Every Monday between 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm learn three simple and effective mantra meditation techniques at Mantra Meditation. All of the classes that Meditation Toronto offers are free of charge. Simply contact them for directions or show up.
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Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre — 77 Harbord Street Toronto ON M5S 1G4
Start your morning off bright and early at one of Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre’s free Satsang Group Meditation class. This class is held every Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am. Meditating in a group builds a stronger spiritual atmosphere which creates a more in-depth experience of meditation. People of different level are all welcome from newcomers to experienced yoga teachers.
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Centre Place Toronto — 101-320 Richmond St. E. Toronto ON M5A 1P9
Every Tuesday and Thursday between 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Centre Place Toronto creates a peaceful and relaxing space for Zen and Mindful Meditation. Using the Zen Buddhist traditions and the mindfulness technique, this class works to assist with managing anxiety and depression to achieve deep relaxation. These classes welcome all levels and are free of charge, however, if you wish to donate to give back to the community there is an opportunity to do so.
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