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Starting a mindfulness practice isn’t as intimidating as you might think

Even if you haven’t tried meditation, you’ve likely heard a great deal about its many benefits for the mind, body and soul. Meditation apps, many of which offer courses in mindfulness for beginners, have become increasingly popular in recent years, and more and more celebrities have opened up about adding the practice to their wellness routine.

Major perks of meditation — from helping with pain management to improving sleep and memory to easing anxiety and depression — have been well-documented, and while you might think you need a fancy space or expensive classes to establish a meditation routine, this actually isn’t the case. All you need to do is take the time to be still, and if that seems like a challenge, it’s important to remember that even five minutes is better than nothing!

There’s no right or wrong way to meditate, and you can do it for free. If you’re looking for a place to start, try these online classes from wellness coach Binda Kanayalkar. Ranging from four to 16 minutes, these short and sweet classes are easy to incorporate into your day, no matter how busy you are. They just might give you the motivation you need to make meditation a daily part of your life.

Not sure where to begin? This class is designed to introduce you to the basics of mindfulness and help you get started on your own journey.

In just under four minutes, you’ll get a basic guide to what mindfulness is and learn how to channel it in your everyday life, whether you’re stopping to feel the water flow over your hands as you wash dishes or taking a moment to notice nature while out on a walk.

It’s hard not to feel stressed out these days, and at times anxiety might seem like a fact of life. Thankfully, there are natural ways to bring about a little peace in your day. In this five-minute video, you’ll be guided through a quick mindful breathing exercise that will help you center yourself and keep unpleasant feelings at bay.

Think of this class as a break from the chaos of everyday life — it’s something we could all use, whether we meditate every day or are just starting our mindful journey.

Ready to try a longer meditation? In this 16-minute class, you’ll use the OM mantra, a powerful and ancient sound symbolizing universal peace and balance, to guide your meditation practice. Be using this mantra, you’ll have an anchor to help you stay in the meditative zone — something that’s particularly helpful for beginners.

It might feel a bit strange to chant a mantra if you’ve never done it before, but with practice, you’ll find that chanting OM can help in harmonizing the mind and body, leading to a state of profound tranquility.

For more helpful online classes on everything from meditation to art to technology to cooking, check out our Online Learning Hub with GetSetUp.

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