London can be a stressful city. The hustle and bustle on the streets and public transport, the competitive work environment and the often gloomy weather can leave anyone with a sour disposition.
That is why one of London’s most legendary and historic hotels, The Connaught, is offering an opportunity for those in the big smoke to gain some peace of mind – with complimentary daily 20 minute mindfulness meditation classes.
Located in fashionable Mayfair, The Connaught is home to Europe’s only Aman Spa, where the classes take place every lunchtime. They aim to raise awareness of the benefits that meditation and mindfulness offers for coping with stress and anxiety in the workplace.
Mindfulness meditation is an adaption of Buddhist meditation, which encourages one to focus on the moment rather than being consumed by the pain of the past or anxiety over the future. Over the years the evidence has piled up proving the physical and mental benefits of the ancient practice.
Aman therapists have been practicing meditation daily since the launch of the Spa in 2009 and say it has helped them to find a personal balance. However, this is the first time the therapists have opened their doors and welcomed guests to participate in their daily habit.
Aman Spa Manager Rene Van Eyssen explains: “Meditation encourages you to observe your emotions, which improves awareness of the present moment, bringing clarity and peace. The result is a total renewal of mind and spirit.”
The Aman Spa Meditation Classes are available weekdays at 1:00PM and last 20 minutes. Classes are complimentary and must be booked in advance.
The 500 square metre Aman spa features five treatment rooms, a 60-square metre pool, a fitness studio and an extensive spa menu “which reflects the renewing traditions of China, Thailand, India and the Americas.”
As Londoner’s continue to strive for the perfect work and life balance, mindfulness mediation may well be a very useful tool in their quest. What’s more, once your free 20-minute class is over, you are in the perfect position to take advantage of one of London’s most intimate and relaxing spas – sounds like a perfect lunch break to us!