(spirit) Zen for beginners: Three tricks to get anyone (yes, even you!) meditating right now

Meditation expert Kike Felipe has an exciting name and a soothing vibe.

I met the yoga teacher and nutritionist at an event recently and loved her gentle style as she guided our group of fidgety fitness press through a delicious early morning meditation, sending us into the day calm and glowing.

Ex-music exec Kiki is a great advert for a starting to meditate, and promises that even the tiniest amount of time spent quieting down and looking in will start rocking your world within days.

And you can't argue with an expert. Especially one with a name like that.

Meditation teacher Kiki Felipe: exciting name, soothing vibe 

Meditation teacher Kiki Felipe: exciting name, soothing vibe 

Three things I learned from meditation boss Kiki Felipe

1. Take One Minute

60 seconds is all you need. Take one minute every hour to close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and shut out the rest of the world.  A bit of practice and you’ll be doing this anywhere and everywhere and Kiki suggests this as a zen way to survive rush hour on the Tube (wear headphones if you feel self-conscious).

2. Sit Up Straight

Sit anywhere but sit comfortably. Take your shoes off, put your feet on the floor, feel the weight of your body in the chair and sit up straight as this will help you inhale deeper and get you into a state of calm quicker.

3. Step Back

See your brain as a stage and watch your thoughts from the audience. This is a really simple way to take awareness out of our bodies and help focus the mind.

Detox|Retox; Meditation teacher Kiki is also a fan of a good, strong coffee

Detox|Retox; Meditation teacher Kiki is also a fan of a good, strong coffee

4. And one from Detox|Retox... SMILE

As a newbie, going into this practise with a smile on your face is the best way to not take it too seriously, and maybe even start enjoying it (take it easy on the Tube though).


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Kiki Felipe works as a Nutritional and Wellness Therapist and Coach, a healthy cooking instructor, Bach flower therapist and Restorative, Pregnancy and Hatha yoga teacher

Read her Mind, Body, Food and Soul blog HERE