Although you'll find plenty of people attesting to the life-changing effects of meditation, the benefits are far from merely anecdotal. A solid meditation practice has been proven to reduce pain, lower stress (and therefore the risk of diseases), and even alter the structure of your brain by increasing gray matter density, therefore enhancing learning, memory and compassion. In other words, it's time we all made meditation as important to our health regimen as gym sessions, but like any new habit it can be difficult to form. Here, NYC's top teachers provide their ultimate tips on how to meditate if you're new to the practice.
Find a teacher to guide you
Although there are some really great apps and YouTube videos out there, my main tip would be to find a real world teacher who can guide you in the moment. We learn so much on a subtle level that we don’t realize, and learning meditation needs this type of connection. —Gemma Gambee, meditation teacher