Meditation Classes in Singapore: Great classes to open your heart & mind

Meditation Classes in Singapore: Great classes to open your heart & mind
August 07 02:57 2017 Print This Article

Meditation can change your life.  If you are new to meditation, you may have preconceived ideas about what meditation is and who it is for. Let’s demystify it…

Meditation is for everyone. The art of meditation will certainly bring a sense of calm to your life…. but it offers so much more. Establishing a regular meditation practice can help still the mind, release stagnant energy, process and let go of present and past emotional issues and promote physical and emotional healing. With regular practise, meditation can in fact change you at a cellular level. Looking for evidence? Scientific studies prove that meditation changes lives. Better than reading facts, is better to try it for yourself to see the benefits. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain!

To develop your practice, it’s helpful to engage in a meditation class. Joining a class provides framework for meditation and a space to learn, participate and discuss your personal experiences. Attending a class will equip you with a profound understanding of the body/mind/spirit connection. Taking this understanding, and affecting change in your everyday life, is priceless.

With so many styles of meditation to choose from it can be hard to decide what’s right for you.  All meditation is good meditation. However, finding a class that draws you, and a facilitator you resonate with is paramount to your personal engagement and development.

Here are a few great courses led by experienced and nurturing teachers in Singapore. Read on and connect with the right meditation class. Today is the day to start the next chapter of your journey!


Meditation Classes in Singapore: The Meditation Teacher – Introduction to Meditation

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Meditation circle with Dani Van de Velde

Facilitator: Dani Van de Velde

About this class:

Dani’s class is a perfect experiential introduction to meditation; as the name suggests. Dani is a wonderful teacher and guide. The connection and understanding she builds with each of her students is palpable. This popular course provides understanding of the basic principles and benefits of meditation. It is delivered in a no fuss, no jargon, easy style and provides a good spread of practices to get participants started. Dani draws from techniques and wisdom from numerous world traditions, current research into neuro and cellular biology and her own experience. Students access their innate ability to meditate and the incredible benefits that unfold from their practice.

Who is this class for?

– People new to meditation – this is a wonderful entry.

– Those seeking a refresher or to re-establish a flagging practice.

– Students seeking a stepping stone into a more advanced practice.

What makes this class unique?

This class provides insight into the why/what/how of meditation.

Dani believes that when we have a cognitive understanding of the energetic and physiological processes of meditation, we can more readily move the consciousness into a meditative state and deepen the experience each time.  Students will not only learn how to practise; they will gain deep understating of how and why the practice works for them. Most importantly they will experience the change it brings.

About Dani Van de Velde:

Dani is the founder and principal teacher at The Meditation Teacher. She is a qualified meditation teacher with over twenty years of personal practice and over ten years teaching experience. Dani is a member of the Meditation Association of Australia and the International Meditation Teachers Association, recognizing the standard of her teaching and program development.  Her passion is to help others understand and master the art of meditation, personal change and spirit-led living through private coaching, courses and tailored programs for schools and organisations. She is also a popular speaker at networking forums and workshops. Dani has over 500 private students that she coaches either via private sessions, open courses or drop ins. She has also facilitated meditation workshops for over 1000 students in international schools and developed corporate meditation workshops.

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Participant Experiences:

‘I joined an Intro Course run by Dani in May/ June and have come away with a foundation to build on and a daily practice- and yes I have now a regular daily practice – approx. 15 mins around 6.30am – I look forward to this and find that it grounds me for the day, which feels good and continues to help me find more space, balance, peace and an ability to connect…and be truly thankful for the “moment”, people, and my surroundings as well as me and my spiritual me.  If you have an intuition, a feeling to explore mediation then I can highly recommend Dani – very generous, very safe, a wonderful teacher. ‘ – Kate Kemp, participant

‘The intro to meditation allowed me to re-establish and deepen my meditation practice. The greatest challenge for me is to make meditation a habit in my life, something I just do every day and Dani’s course brought me exactly that. Not only am I now meditating daily (sometimes twice a day), she really got me hooked and passionate about it. I shifted from “it’s really a good idea to meditate, I really should…” to “…longing for it and wanting more and more…”.

With her sense of humour and research based knowledge, she bridges to and grounds spirituality into modern, day to day life. Being around her is always a fun and profound experience.’ – Manon Swarving, participant

Course & Contact Info:

For the next ‘Introduction into Meditation’ six-week course and all the details, check out the website or Subscribe to The Meditation Teacher’s monthly newsletter for new course and workshops as they open. The course cost is SG$250.

To contact Dani directly, email: dani@themeditationteacher.net

Meditation Classes in Singapore: Integral Mediation Asia  –  Practical Applications for Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment

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Facilitator: Toby Ouvry

About this class:

Toby’s class is interactive and guided in a grounded and accessible manner. He is a knowledgeable and encouraging teacher who takes time to understand and support each of his participants on their own personal journey. He provides participants with varied, multi-perspectival, integrative and a fun approach to meditation and mindfulness. The class includes both western & eastern, ancient and modern approaches to building a healthy, balanced, resilient and positive inner life

Who is this class for?

– People seeking a practical resource that can really help them address their inner challenges, build their inner strengths and master meditation holistically

– Those looking for a spiritual but not religious perspective on meditation and mindfulness

– People who prefer an integrative approach to mindfulness, rather than just coming from the perspective of one discipline, eg: Buddhist meditation, or neuroscience.

What makes this class unique?

This class aims to empower students to make meditation and mindfulness practice their own, and apply it with intelligence to their own life challenges and circumstances. Students will walk away with understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection; practical exercises and the foundation to create and adapt their own personal practice.

About Toby Ouvry:

Toby has been practising and teaching meditation and mindfulness for over twenty years and is the founder and principal facilitator at Integral Meditation Asia.  Toby is the author of the book ‘Engaged Mindfulness – What mindfulness is and how we can apply it to our daily lives’. He has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After his degree, Toby spent ten years doing his foundational training in meditation and mindfulness, specializing in the Tibetan Tradition which included five years as an ordained Buddhist monk. He delivers mindfulness programs to both the public and corporate sectors. Toby is a meditation and mindfulness blogger, and the author and creator of over fifteen practical workshops and courses on the subject. He is also an artist and entrepreneur. As such his presentation of mindfulness reflects a strong interest in both how it can be linked to work performance and engagement, as well as stimulating more deeply the innate capacity for creative intelligence found within both individuals and groups.

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Participant experiences:

“Toby — one of the unique, differentiating things about you and your methods of facilitation which I really appreciate is that you’re very ‘agnostic’! What do I mean by that? Well, you expose and offer your students a wide variety of different approaches to meditation, always underpinned by a sound intellectual (and importantly, also practical) framework for each one – and for me, this is very satisfying as I can think and feel that I am developing myself along a continuum of knowledge and practice.” – An attendee

‘The topic may seem deep and esoteric and the goal inaccessible and unattainable, but in this carefully and artfully crafted series of meditations, Toby breaks the process down into 6 easily understood and accessible parts with his signature clarity, precision, humour and above all an overarching mission of practicality… I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of meditations because of the clarity, precision and sheer beauty inherent in all of them and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in meditating with the ultimate purpose of demystifying and practicing spiritual enlightenment with clear and accessible tools and instructions.’ – Vathani Raja

Course & Contact Info:

The Practical Meditations for Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment is held twice a week – Tuesdays at One Heart Singapore and Wednesdays at Basic Essence. The course lasts six weeks and is available on an ongoing basis. The cost is SG$20 per class or SG$110 for all six classes. Participants also receive the class and complimentary meditations as MP3 recordings.

For course info, check out the website or subscribe to the Integral Meditation newsletter

To contact Toby directly email: info@tobyouvry.com 

Meditation Classes in Singapore: Tibetan Healing Meditation – Basic Essence

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Facilitator: Jacqueline Yu

About this class:

Jacqueline guides participants on the ways of Tibetan healing meditation practices based on Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan Science of Healing. This monthly class explores different methods of healing meditation using the body, breath, sound and the power of the mind. The class empowers participants to find what they seek within themselves – a calm mind, balanced energies, sharp focus, rejuvenation or physical healing. Over time, with developed practice it supports higher goals such as spiritual enlightenment. Jacqueline’s intention is to bring awareness, healing and balance to modern day life through simple and effective methods of Tibetan healing meditation.

Who is this for?

– Anyone who needs balance in their life…. Anyone and everyone!

What is unique about this class?

This class explores the different ways of meditation, whether it is through the body with moving meditation, through the voice with chanting and breathing or through the mind with visualization, observation and contemplation.  By incorporating a range of meditation methods, participants can find what works for them and begin to establish a regular practice in their daily lives. Through Tibetan healing meditation Jacqueline leads participants on a journey of self-discovery; to find the truth of their bodies, see their true vibrations and become aware and intimate with the absolute truth of the mind.

About Jacqueline Yu:

Jacqueline Yu is a traditional Tibetan medicine practitioner as well as a yoga teacher. She leads groups on yoga & spiritual retreats around Asia. She is the co-founder of Basic Essence, a holistic wellness centre founded in 1999 and the current president of Association of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (ATTM) (Singapore), founded in 2008 to preserve and promote the ancient healing arts of traditional Tibetan medicine. She is also Sorig Khang International (SKI)’s Ku Nye teacher, conducting training in traditional Tibetan massage & other TTM external therapies. A student of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and a practitioner of Yuthok Nyingthig, the spiritual practice of Tibetan medicine, Jacqueline is also a guide for Medicine Buddha Healing, Mantra Healing, Nejang and Yuthok Nyingthig retreats.

Course & Contact Info:

Tibetan Healing Meditation is held the last Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 8:30pm at Basic Essence, Cluny Court. This class is ‘by donation’.

For more info check out the website or find Basic Essence on Facebook

To contact Jacqueline directly email: info@basicessence.com

Meditation Classes in Singapore: The Healing Space – Meditation Circle

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Facilitator: Kalpana Ranganathan

About this class:

This meditation circle has been created to assist participants to find peace and balance within themselves as well as connection to the divine – to spirit. It promotes self-healing and development of the body, mind and spirit. The circle also provides a sense of community for its participants. The practice has a 3-part process: It starts with a guided meditation to bring participants into themselves, leaving the outer world behind.  Next is a sound healing component with various instruments such as crystal singing bowls, Himalayan singing bowls, steel drums or a medley to invite back balance after deep meditation. Lastly, participants engage in sharing their experiences and emotions. This beautiful practice invites self-discovery, healing, growth and the compassion for a close-knit community.

Who is this class for?

– Working executives who wish to incorporate meditation in their busy lifestyle
– Young adults experiencing anxiety or hyperactivity; seeking help to find calm and peace

– Teenagers and adults who wish to engage in a complementary practice to physiological and psychiatric care.

– Younger children that require help with relaxation and concentration.

What makes this class unique?

This circle holds space for participants that wish to affect change in their life. Participants are encouraged to integrate the practices into their everyday life… to become the change they seek. A wide range of non-religious practices and ideas are presented so that participants can adopt the elements that appeal to them. The class is different each week and adapted to assist the group that forms for each circle. It is truly a safe place to learn, express and find support in your own personal journey.

About Kalpana Ranganathan:

Kalpana has been conducting Meditation Circle since 2013 and holds both group and personal sessions. She also offers healing and counselling sessions. Kalpana provides non-religious guidance services that enable clients to find a better life balance, clarity and peace through the journey of discovery and awakening. Her work invites clients to come home to their inner peace and strength through higher self-awareness. She has a passion for healing and has studied a wide range of modalities to enhance her knowledge and offering. Key offerings includes: mediation, hands on healing, sound healing, crystals and aromatherapy oils.

More on Kalpana Ranganathan

Course & Contact Info:

The healing circle is held every Wednesday from 8-9pm at the Healing Space. Cost is SG$45 per session.

For more information check out the website

To contact Kalpana directly email: kalpana@thehealingspacesg.net or find The Healing Space on Facebook


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