Happy Humpday!  Speaking of humps, one of the questions I'm frequently asked is how to get over the meditation hump and start a meditation practice.  As with any new habit, I suggest starting small and building incrementally.  For me, I started with a weekly teacher-led class at a meditation studio in New York back in 2011.  Once I felt like I was in a groove with the weekly classes, I then committed to meditating 3 minutes a days at home, 3-4 days a week.  I meditated on my own, focusing on my breath. If I wanted a guided meditation, I'd cue up an app, or listen to a few minutes of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction).  His voice is very relaxing!  I would sit in my dining room chair when I first got home from work, before I changed out of my work clothes and got into the dinner routine.  Once I had that practice established, I then graduated to 7 minutes a day every day, and grew from there.  Now I start and close my days with a sitting meditation.  A dedicated sitting practice of any length is tremendously beneficial.  Once you're on the cushion, you'll then see the benefits off the cushion, which is what it is all about.  Living a mindful life.

To get over the hump, I suggest the Mindfulness 101 classes (there is a 6-7pm class tonight with Marilyn Joy) and the Meditation of the Day (MOD) classes, as well as the 30-minute Rain Shining Light classes.  Once you sample the teacher-led classes, you will learn which techniques works for you and then develop a home practice.  You can also pop in for an on demand meditation session in our private breathe bar booth - mention this email and it's free. Email us ( if you have any questions about getting started!  

We have a few events coming up that we are excited to share.  A 4-week series,Breathwork for Stress, with the knowledgable and esteemed GuruNischan Khalsa, is kicking off on Sunday, April 23.  I've taken her Kundalini class since 2013, as well attended her 4-week series, so I know firsthand the power of her teaching.  I'm grateful that she is kicking off our series at breathe bar.  She is amazing, and quite techy.  All participants of the full series receive a video recording of the class, which is a very helpful feature.

We are also hosting a book signing for our friend Rachael O'Meara, sales exec at Google San Francisco by day and author by night.  Her new book, Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break, was published last week.  She'll be serving as our "pause instigator" and reading from her book.  Bring your book and she'll sign it for you!

Save the Date:

Rachael O'Meara

Author of Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break

Pause, talk and book signing

Friday, April 28, 2017; 4-6pm

breathe bar, 946 W. Randolph Street, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL  60607

Free for members; $10 for non-members

With gratitude,

Sylvia and your friends at breathe bar