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Meditation has been a hip topic in the city the past year—and we’re all about it. Studies have shown that regular meditation could lower stress, activate brain waves, and improve concentration. Don’t worry if sitting still isn’t your forte; there are different types of mindfulness practices available, such as drawing, colouring, and sounds baths, to help yourself slowly ease into meditation. Read on to learn all about our favourite meditation studios and urban retreats to help declutter your mind and find balance in the midst of the hustle and bustle life.
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Opened in October 2018, Enhale’s beautiful, serene space above LKF will put you at ease the second you step inside. From fun mindfulness practices, such as healing art meditation and mindful calligraphy to the enchanting crystal bowl and gong sound baths, Enhale’s team of meditation teachers are knowledgeable in their respective meditation techniques and happy to share tips after class. Other types of meditation classes such as restorative yogic sleep, healing qigong, Taoist neigong breathing and reiki meditation are also available, so be sure to check out the website for their weekly schedule.
Enhale Studio, 14/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 9385 8389
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Tried and tested, Localiiz visited Float On back in 2016 and loved how the sensory deprivation chambers submerged us into a deep, meditative bliss. Located on Caine Road, Float On has four treatment rooms, each room comes with a shower, storage unit and a sensory deprivation chamber, nicknamed the “Dream Pod”. Looking much larger in person than in photos, the Dream Pods are filled 30cm deep skin temperature water that contains 550kg of Epsom salt and magnesium, making it impossible for guests to sink down. Apart from it being a super cool experience, the pods claim to help with muscle pains, stress and lower blood pressure. Read the full review here.
Float On, B/F, 89 Caine Road, Mid Levels, Central | (+852) 2548 2844
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Red Doors Studio
Known for their impressive collection of meditation gongs that originated from Germany, Red Doors Studio uses sound as a form of healing by using music vibrations to synchronise brain waves and achieve relaxation. The studio regularly schedules special events such as the new moon and full moon gong baths and all-night gong pujas—an overnight stay at the studio where you’ll drift away to the sound of gongs.
Red Doors Studio, Flat A, 21/F, Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 2110 0152
Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul
If you’ve walked passed Tai Ping Shan Street, it’s likely you’ve spotted a shop with sparkly, colourful crystal bowls on display. Offering children and adult yoga classes, crystal bowl sound healing meditation and weekly meditation classes, Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul is perfect for parents who are thinking of introducing meditation into their kids’ daily routine.
Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul, 2 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9311 2915
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Diamond Way Buddhism Hong Kong
For those who are looking to learn about the traditional Tibetan Buddhism method of meditating, Diamond Way Meditation offers free drop-in sessions every week. Suitable for beginners or long-time practitioners, the organisation focuses on developing people to their full potential.
Diamond Way Meditation
, Unit 3, 2/F, 3–5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9847 4913
Still up for more? Take it to the next level by going on a meditation retreat to get away from the city. Here are our top picks:
Fivelements Habitat Hong Kong
Opening on July 12, Fivelements Habitat is an urban wellness sanctuary inspired by their flagship hotel in Bali. Located at Times Square, it will feature mindfulness classes such as meditation, tea ceremonies, sound healing and holistic therapies as well as visual arts. For those who want to burn off some energy, they’ll also offer a series of movement classes such as yoga, pilates and martial arts.
Fivelements Habitat, Level 13A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 6803 5081
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Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society
Formed with the objective of studying Buddha’s teachings through the practice of observation-based Vipassana meditation, Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society organises group practices and retreats regularly. While some retreats are one day, self-led practices that are more suited for advanced practitioners, they occasionally have teacher-led ones as well. Be sure to check their website for updates.
Fa Hong Monastery, Lantau Island | (+852) 6219 1998
Plum Village Hong Kong
Plum Village Hong Kong, a Buddhist retreat on Lantau Island holds mindfulness 1–3 day retreats for families, Hong Kong professionals, students and youth leaders every summer or during holiday seasons. You can expect daily guided meditation sessions, mindful walking, guided sitting meditation, Dharma talks, silence sessions, and even tea meditation during the retreat. Retreats are led in English and full schedules are available on the website.
Plum Village, Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island | (+852) 2985 5033
Vipassana Meditation Centre
Organised and led by past students, Vipassana Meditation Centre offers 10-day silent retreats completely free of charge, with vegetarian meals and dormitory-style accommodation included. The Vipassana meditation centre in Tung Wan is secluded from loud cars and traffic, making it the ideal environment for meditation.
Vipassana Meditation Centre, Lot 146 in D.D. 319, Tung Wan, Shek Pik, Lantau | (+852) 2671 7031
Su Bong Zen Monastery
Su Bong Zen Monastery’s Gak Su Retreat is open to participants year round. However, applicants must have some meditation experience from one of the Kwan Um School of Zen centres worldwide, and local applicants should have been to the one-day retreats held by Su Bong Zen Monastery. This retreat requires a high level of dedication—participants have to follow strict rules and abandon all forms of technology. Doctor visits, coloured clothes, and outside food are all banned from the temple.
Su Bong Zen Monastery, 5/F, Starlight House, 32 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2891 9313
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