Our Vision & Mission
Our vision at Centred Meditation is to give urban professionals a greater sense of calm, clarity, and confidence. Our mission is to make meditation and mindfulness as accessible as possible by lowering all of the barriers that most people tend to have before starting to practice. We do this through our world first corporate meditation studio in the heart of the Sydney CBD, and our national corporate mindfulness program hub.
Our dedicated meditation studio is your urban sanctuary that has been purposefully designed to give all your senses exactly the cues they need to de-stress and get centred: a tranquil atmosphere, natural surround sound, diffused soothing scent, warm calming tea, and comfortable armchairs propped with cushions and blankets to melt into.
Simply pop in when you need a pick me up, or wind it into your wellbeing routine. Each meditation at Centred Meditation is a stand alone session, so you can come and go as regularly or spontaneously as you please.
Centred Meditation is completely contemporary, and not associated with any spiritual path or religious organisation. It is free from chanting, prayers, and robes. There’s no need to sit cross-legged on the floor with your fingers in fancy configurations. You’ll feel right at home.
Situated in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Centred Meditation is your central oasis, conveniently located just a few minutes walk from Martin Place train station.
Our meditation sequences are specially formulated for urban professionals to bust stress and boost productivity. They involve a unique fusion of various evidence-based techniques and are easy, effortless, and effective.
Our calm sequence is designed to detoxify the mind and body. The meditator is gently guided through a tension-releasing body scan, taken on a visual journey and finally lulled into a state of effortless awareness using the breath as an anchor. Ideal for beginners and advanced meditators alike.
Our clarity sequence is designed to foster a greater awareness of the mind-body connection. The meditator is gently guided through a soft scan of the body’s outer senses and inner sensations followed by a silent segment of effortless awareness using a specific sound as an anchor. Ideal for beginners and advanced meditators alike.
Our confidence sequence is designed to debug your mind. The meditator is instructed through a gentle relaxation technique before being lulled into a state of effortless awareness using a mantra (word) as an anchor. Less guidance is given than the Calm and Clarity meditations so this sequence is ideal for meditators with a bit of experience (although open to everyone).
The soothing voices of our expert facilitators will steal you away from the hustle and bustle of your busy day, guiding you through our unique meditation sequences specially formulated for urban professionals.
All meditation sessions are 30 minutes in length and conveniently scheduled. Be it to start your day on the right foot, prevent the afternoon slump or to unwind before returning home, we are certain that you will find a time that suits you perfectly.
How To Get Centred
Reserve your armchair to save any potential disappointment, or try your luck and just rock up. It’s best not to indulge in a big meal directly before meditating. If you are hungry, some light food such as a piece of fruit is fine.
Come as you are 10 minutes before the scheduled session (there is no need to wear any specific clothing). For the benefit of all our meditators, late arrivals will not be permitted to enter once the session has commenced.
Enter the urban sanctuary, pop your phone on silent (vibration disabled) or aeroplane mode and place it together with any other distractions into a pigeonhole. You are now ready to begin your wellbeing workout. We request that you do not leave the session early, as this disturbs fellow meditators.
Co-Founder, Chief Meditation Officer
Kevin is the Co-Founder and Chief Meditation Officer at Centred Meditation. He reluctantly came to meditation out of desperation to rid himself of the detrimental effects of stress. Years down the track of cumulative benefits, Kevin now dedicates his life to making this untapped resource more accessible to urban professionals through his world-first corporate meditation studio as well as his highly sought-after meditation and mindfulness programs with many of Australia’s leading businesses. He regularly featured in the media – print, radio, and TV – and is also a proud lululemon Ambassador.
Co-Founder, Marketing Guru
Nikki is the Co-Founder and Marketing Guru at Centred Meditation. It was while studying to be a Psychologist at University when she experienced first hand the visceral effects of stress on her mind and body: constant anxiety, muscle spasms, digestive issues and the list goes on. She stumbled upon meditation online, and was overwhelmed by it’s immediate effects on all aspects of her life. She has since directed a non-profit organisation, trained as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, and travelled around the world organising, undertaking, and facilitating personal development and leadership programmes.
Corporate Programs Manager & Facilitator
Ashley has cultivated her own meditation practice over the past 15 years and has travelled the world leading guided meditations and teaching people how to meditate. Ashley believes that absolutely everyone can and will benefit from meditation, and therefore aims to provide a style that is accessible, enjoyable and suitable for all. No crystals, chanting or lotus poses, just practical tools to help anyone get more out of their life.
Since being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ashley’s meditation practice has been key to her recovery, allowing her to remain positive while living with chronic pain. It has become her mission to show people how important meditation is for overall health and how easy it can be to develop your own mindfulness practice.
Ashley prides herself on her ability to create non-dogmatic, inclusive and enjoyable classes using the most current scientific research for mind optimisation.
Centred Meditation Facilitator
Danyah is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner, meditation facilitator, and author of Dropping In: A Meditation Journal. Her first encounter with meditation began 15 years ago, when she was introduced to various techniques in a meditation workshop, and over the years has deepened into a now daily mindfulness practice. Drawn to meditation as a result of her anxiety and perfectionism, it became clear to Danyah that the life enhancing benefits of meditation, and in particular mindfulness-based practices, were something she wanted to share, and so began her journey developing the skills to not only assist herself, but to also help others live their lives more fully and intentionally. Having completed level 1 of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Danyah is currently undertaking a 2 year Mindfulness & Compassion teacher training, and continues with interest to expand her understanding of mindfulness related practices inspired by both traditional and contemporary authorities.
Centred Meditation Facilitator
One of her biggest passions is empowering people to feel that they are the healthiest and best version of themselves that they can be. Whilst at college studying Naturopathy, Molly eventually found that her greatest area of interest was mental health awareness. She loves that though there are many styles of meditation, anyone can do it, anywhere. She feels that just by practicing meditation for ourselves, we have a special healing tool within us that has a greater ripple effect for a more peaceful world.
Centred Meditation Facilitator
When Shane was diagnosed with a painful autoimmune disease at 18, this change took him on a journey of understanding the body and mind at a whole new level. At the beginning it was yoga that mostly gave him great relief, however when it was too painful, meditation was his backup. Slowly meditation became a bigger and bigger part of his practice and soon produced profound benefits – even removing the need for medication! Truly fascinated by the potential of the mind and the impact of meditation on the nervous and immune systems, Shane has continued to explore and practice a wide range of meditation techniques and make it a significant part of his life.
Virtual Studio Tech Guru
Daragh became fascinated with his mind the moment he realised he made his living with it. His mental capacities for creative problem solving have been useful during his career in software development and academia. He has also experienced first-hand what happens when it stops working properly. The tendency for those capacities to be negatively impacted during the periods of excessive stress and anxiety he experienced during his twenties led him to explore meditation as a solution – thankfully he has found it works remarkably well to maintain balance and harmony in his inner world.
Daragh is always grateful to have the opportunity to sit and share what he has learned about meditation over the years. He started teaching informally a number of years ago, running twice-weekly groups at his workplace as a way to keep focused on his own practice. Since then, he has been lucky to work with a variety of audiences. Daragh is always astonished how quickly meditation can make a difference – often one or two sessions with good instruction are enough to help anyone see the benefits!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all of the classes suitable for beginners?
Yes. Our meditation sequences are ideal for the novice and experienced alike.
How often do I need to meditate in order for it to be effective?
Meditation is exercise for the mind. Like physical exercise, each time you meditate you reap the rewards yet you begin to feel truly fit after you have regularly meditated for some time. Rest assured, studies have found that changes start to occur in the brain from the very first time you meditate. However, the benefits of meditation are cumulative, so the more you consistently meditate, the more results you will feel in your everyday life.
I'm too busy to meditate.
You’re never too busy to meditate. In fact, the busier you are, the more ripe the conditions are to meditate. The time devoted to meditation will always pay dividends in the form of increased productivity, better sleep, more energy etc. It always comes down to a matter of priorities. An increasing amount of successful people are choosing to prioritise a few minutes of meditation each day in order to reap the incredible benefits.
Do I need to sit on the floor to meditate properly?
No. There’s no modern day evidence to suggest that you need to sit cross-legged on the floor with your fingers in fancy configurations in order to meditate. We have extremely comfortable armchairs for you to melt into and breathe your worries away. Keep in mind though that if your head is leaning or resting against something then your brain is more likely to start releasing sleep chemicals, so ensuring it remains upright will assist in staying awake.
My mind is too active to sit still and think of ‘nothing’. Is meditation right for me?
Yes. In fact, you are the perfect candidate to meditate.
The aim of meditation is not, and we repeat, not to think of nothing. Put simply, thinking of nothing just isn’t possible. The very act of thinking implies that your brain is actively engaged in cognitive processes, and nothing implies no-thing is happening at all. So, thoughts during meditation are totally normal and expected and ‘chatter’ that you ‘hear’ is simply your mind debugging itself in the way it knows best. Meditation is about giving your body the time and space it needs to simply repair itself. Over time, you will find that your mind becomes calmer and more peaceful, both within your meditation as well as outside in your daily life.
Some days I have good meditations, other times they are bad. What's going on?
Let’s get something straight here…there is no such thing as a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ meditation. During meditation, your mind sways between thoughts and the chosen anchor for your awareness. Research shows that 47 per cent of the time our mind is thinking about something other than what it is actually doing. This means that for at least half the meditation, your mind is going to be engaged in thought. The key is what you do when you realise that you’re thinking…the choice point, if you will. The trick is to simply acknowledge you are thinking, feel unfazed by it, and then gently return your attention to your anchor. In fact, it’s this returning phase that strengthens the ‘attention muscle’ in your brain and helps you experience all the benefits outside of the meditation itself. So you see? A ‘bad’ meditation simply doesn’t exist.
Does meditation get easier with time?
No, because it was always easy! Meditation is simply about bringing your attention to an anchor, then continuing to bring it back to the anchor whenever you realise it has wavered, without getting frustrated or annoyed. Over time though, you will find that your mind becomes calmer and more peaceful, both within your meditation as well as outside in your daily life. The hardest part of meditation is generally having the discipline to make it a priority.
Why do I keep falling asleep when I meditate?
You’re either not setting yourself up right or you are really tired!
The ideal way to position yourself is to sit upright with your head unsupported (i.e. not leaning against the headrest or the pillow). This is because your brain is more likely to release sleep chemicals when it is resting back on something). Your posture should be such that if you do fall asleep, your head begins to fall forward (as your neck cannot maintain muscle control when it is sleeping), often waking you in the process. If you do fall asleep despite this, then enjoy it as this is obviously what your body needs and perhaps work on getting more sleep at night.
Keep in mind that sometimes it might feel like you are asleep, but your head was perfectly upright and you were clearly awake. You might have been experiencing an abstract, dream-like state, perhaps accompanied by colours/shapes/images. You might have felt as though you are floating or unable to feel body parts. Each person experiences meditation differently and generally these sorts of experiences can indicate that you are in a deep state of meditative rest, releasing stress from your physiology and debugging your mind.
What's the best time of day to meditate?
It’s about finding what works best for you. Some people love meditating in the morning as it sets themselves up for good day. Others prefer lunchtime meditations as they go back to work more energised and productive for the rest of the afternoon. Others still like the evening slot where they can wind down after a long day and leave work stressors behind them before heading home.
Is it OK if I come late or need to leave a session early?
For the benefit of other meditators, you cannot enter after a session has commenced, nor can you leave early.
Is meditation religious?
Meditation is a mental or mind-training technique. Yes it has it’s roots in the ancient Indian scriptures of which Hinduism and Buddhism originates. And indeed some religious people do meditate. But there is nothing religious about the act of meditation itself.
Is meditation just for hippies?
No. Meditation was popularised in the West in the 60s and 70s when Hindu and Buddhist teachers began travelling the world. Naturally, those engrossed in the ‘hippy movement’ during that era were yearning to have their minds opened, and these spiritual traditions offered an alternative (or an accompaniment) to the more elusive substances which prevailed at the time. You don’t need to interested in these traditions or be a ‘hippy’ to meditate. Check out all these celebrities and successful people who do it.
I have been thinking about meditating for a long time but didn’t do anything about it until I found Centred Meditation. Conveniently located in the CBD I have now been going 3-4 times per week for about five months. The benefits are phenomenal – I concentrate better, sleep better and feel generally calmer and less stressed. The studio is lovely and all the team are very supportive.Jo
I have tried to meditate myself but never really succeeded. Centred Meditation has really helped me with the process. After attending three days in a row I really felt more centred, calm and able to deal with daily issues. Problems seemed to roll off me rather than affect me and I found myself breathing deeper, feeling more connected with myself and having less mind chatter.Franki
Centred Meditation has helped me gain increased clarity and focus whilst also providing a comfortable environment to simply chill out and relax. Nikki, Kevin and Kieran are a pleasure to deal with and have a real passion for what they do which makes attending regular meditation practice an absolute joy. Centred Meditation offers the ideal sanctuary in the middle of the city for those looking to bring about feelings of calm and heightened energy and awareness.Luke
I find attending morning Centred Meditation sessions makes me feel much calmer and more optimistic for the start of my working day. After an hour of bustling train travel to the city a tranquil, very welcoming friendlly environment awaits and a meditation session that is delivered in a very calm and caring manner. Previously I would be racing to work and would often feel tired or stressed. So now the day feels brighter! It is very reassuring in this world to find people that genuinely care – Thankyou Nikki and Kevin.Helen