1. Where do I start?
On your phone. Of the 1500+ existing meditation apps, we recommend Calm, Simple Habit and the ubiquitous (for good reason) Headspace. Then, graduate to group-guided sessions, though we’d recommend doing some digging first. Avoid unnecessary religious or spiritual elements – science-backed Meditation: Unlocked, which is based in London and labelled “no crystals, no mumbo jumbo,” has our singular focus.
2. Who’s it for?
It’s becoming popular with work hard, play hard nine-to-fivers. Meditative techniques can help with stress, anxiety, sleep, creativity and happiness. The notion that it’s for hippies with dreadlocks is as outdated as their harem pants.
3. Will it get me zen af?
Maybe. “As with the gym, one session isn’t enough to benefit,” explains Niraj Shah, founder of Meditation: Unlocked. Don’t expect monkish repose immediately. An open mind helps, too. The rewards are scientifically backed; you just need to tune in.
4. Is there a signature move to master?
Try coherent breathing. This