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With its barging commuters, obstacle course of wheely suitcases and booming soundtrack of train announcements, London’s Victoria station is not a place you associate with tranquility.
But just around the corner from this bustling hub is a meditation, healing and breathwork studio designed to transport stressed-out Londoners away from the din to a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. Say hello to Re:Mind.
London’s first meditation studio, Re:Mind is the brainchild of Carla von Anhalt and Yulia Kovaleva. Inspired by similar studios in LA and the popularity of meditation apps such as Headspace, they’ve created a place where stressed-out city-dwellers can dabble in different types of practice, experiencing the benefits of group meditation under the guidance of qualified meditation teachers, or ‘calmers’ as they’re called here.
But if you’re wondering exactly what can you expect at Re:Mind, we’ve got the low-down. A Scandi-esque, minimal vibe greets you as you walk through the entrance, straight into the on-site shop selling a range of ethical products. Think everything from aromatherapy candles to organic skincare.
Behind the shop, you’ll find a small changing and seating area where you can sip herbal tea from a reusable cup (this place has a strict “no disposable plastics“ policy) and chat with fellow zen warriors. There are also lockers for your belongings and phone-charging docks just in case, they’ve really thought of everything. Just remember to switch your phone onto silent mode—constant beeps and buzzing will not be welcome—and bring cosy socks, as shoes are not allowed in the studio.
After you’ve settled in, it’ll be time to head to the single studio is upstairs. It’s a medium-sized, light and airy space, with mats, bolsters, and cushions. Sustainability is a key consideration throughout, and that plays out in organic buckwheat-filled bean bags and recycled wool blankets. Though, the main feature is a floor-to-ceiling plant wall to filter harmful toxins from the air, accompanied by a purifying air and water filtration system, and glowing Himalayan salt lamps to banish contaminants, going some way to counteract the chug of vehicles outside.
And it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or a mindfulness master, between their eight available classes, you’ll find something to suit you.
Recharge your batteries in their Re:Heal session or take advantage of the mood-boosting sound vibrations of gongs and crystal bowls during Re:Sound. Want to stretch it out a bit? Sign up for Re:Store, a restorative class that features yoga poses to relax the body and mind. If you’re unsure where to start then Re:Charge, an active breathwork meditation, is a great way to get a flavour of what Re:Mind is all about.
Early birds may be disappointed to learn that the first class starts at 10am, with the last session of the day kicking off at 7.30pm. If that makes visiting before work impossible, your lunch hour is a great time to pop in. After all, what could refocus the mind more than 60 minutes spent being present and syncing with the soothing rhythm of your own breath?
Prices start from £22 per class, although discounts are available if you buy a package. And, after floating out on air after your first session, we reckon you’ll be scurrying back to revel in this temple of relaxation again in no time.
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