Bliss Out at Sit Meditation Space
The new guided meditation studio has options for all ages, from toddlers to adults.
There are many reasons why people find it challenging to start or maintain a meditation practice, as the distractions in the world can be seemingly endless at times. While the point of meditation is to create space to remove oneself from those distractions, sometimes finding five minutes to sit and breathe can feel impossible. That’s why Jason Blau created Sit Meditation Space, which opened recently in Lafayette Hill.
Sit’s schedule is designed for all ages and experience levels, from beginners to families, with over 30 classes a week that are either 30 or 45 minutes long. There’s a wide variety of classes, incorporating both Western and Eastern meditation techniques. Those techniques include Kundalini — which uses mantras and movement as a form of mindfulness — and Yoga Nidra, a form of body scanning used to put the body into a deep restful state.
There’s “Family Space,” for the entire clan to enjoy, plus “Toddler Space,” “Kid Space” for children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, and “Teen Space,” for older kids.
Meditation is a single point of focus and the practice provides us with tools to refocus our minds and silence the background noise,” Blau said. “We’ve built this space so that people can be free to be themselves and explore what really matters most in their pursuit of happiness.”
Blau said that a former career in sales led him to meditation as a way to cope with anxiety and overstimulation, and he isn’t alone. A Harvard University study shows that the average human has anywhere between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day, and only 1 percent of them are actually conscious. It’s perhaps not surprising that an estimated 40 million adults — and millions of children — in the United States experience anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety can lead to other health issues, such as digestive problems, sleep disorders, depression, and lack of concentration.
Blau practices mediation with his 3-year-old daughter, and she inspired him to open the studio and to include classes for kids and families. Mindfulness practices are growing in popularity, as a way to help improve their concentration, self-esteem, and emotional development as they become more in-tune with what is going on with their inner thoughts, or “monkey mind.”
Sit also features a “Shared Space,” with snacks and some clothing and jewelry. The idea is to create a community space, where people can read, relax, and mingle. By creating friendships with like-minded people in a space where everyone is welcome, it certainly becomes easier to find the time to give yourself the gift of inner peace.
Sit is offering two weeks of unlimited classes for only $25. For more information, visit Sit’s website.
Photograph by Casey Kallen.