Meditation Classes West Des Moines IA

Local resource for meditation classes in West Des Moines, IA. Includes detailed information on local yoga studios and meditation centers that give access to meditation instructors who guide students in conscious breathing and other meditation techniques, such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, concentrative meditation, mindfulness meditation, and meditation.

Green Yoga House
(515) 991-6266
4800 Mills Civic PKWY
Des Moines, IA
Yoga Styles
Hatha,Vinyasa, Power, Ashtanga,Kundalini

Trim & Tone Spa
(515) 331-6507
5525 Merle Hay Rd
Johnston, IA
Yoga Styles
Hatha

Shakti Yoga Shop
(515) 255-2703
4119 Rollins Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Liz Taylor Yoga Studio
(515) 270-1137
11049 Aurora Ave
Urbandale, IA
 
Des Moines Meditation Group
(515) 255-8398
Friends Meeting House
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Mindfulness

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Breathe Studios
(515) 778-5499
1350 NW 138 St. Suite 200A
Clive, IA
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa

Shakti Yoga Shop
(515) 255-2703
415 5th St
West Des Moines, IA
 
Firehouse Yoga
(515) 271-9642
2300 University Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Des Moines Zen Center
(515) 255-5282
2840 Kingman Boulevard rear east entrance of 2842 Kingman
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Zen - Soto

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Radiant Yoga Studio
(712) 254-2763
510 1/2 Chestnut Street
Atlantic, IA
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Hot Vinyasa Flow, Restorative

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Lift Depression With Meditation

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By Ziba Kashef

With summer coming to a close and shorter, darker days ahead, you might be wondering how to cope with the negative thoughts that often accompany the season’s change and can lead to depression. A recent study found that age-old meditative techniques and more modern cognitive therapy can help alleviate symptoms. Anil Coumar, a psychotherapist and director of the mental health clinic at the University of Washington, Seattle, offers these do-it-yourself mood-lifting meditations:

Get moving. For many people, meditation is a remote, Eastern technique that involves sitting with your legs crossed on a cushion. But almost any activity can be mindful and healing, says Coumar. “Through a practice of mindfulness, we can see how our thoughts are not facts—they come and go.” To slow down your thinking and realize that you can release negative thoughts as quickly as they come, try this eating meditation: Hold a raisin in your hand and intentionally look at it as if you’ve never seen one before. Roll it between your fingers and notice each crease. Pay attention to your thoughts about it—maybe you’ll think, This is ugly or I’ve never noticed the true color of a raisin before. Then put it in your mouth and observe how your saliva flows as you chew.

Uncover your unconscious. Imagine you’re walking down the street and see a good friend walking in the opposite direction. You nod and smile, but your pal just looks ahead and keeps going. How do you respond? “Someone might say, ‘Oh, she probably didn’t see me.’ Another might think, ‘What did I do wrong now?’ Depending on how you interpret that event, you’re going to feel good or bad,” says Coumar. This kind of cognitive exercise can teach us how we unconsciously have these thoughts. The point? To make the normally unconscious thoughts that fuel depression conscious so you can acknowledge them—and then more easily let them go. —Ziba Kashef

Author: Ziba Kashef

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