Foundation Skills for a Successful Meditation Practice

Learn how to find comfort in stillness, handle distraction and keep the mind focused to reap the benefits of meditation
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (294 ratings)
14,978 students
1hr 54min of on-demand video
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You will know the difference between Concentration & Meditation
You will know how to prepare the body to be comfortable and settled while practicing meditation
You will know how to handle internal or external distraction while practicing meditation
You will know 6 major types of meditation
You will have a meditation journal started to track your progress and growth


  • Simply the desire to start a meditation practice, no prior experience needed


This course starts with the most important FOUNDATION SKILLS that students need to start an enjoyable meditation practice.  This includes how to handle distraction, how to find a comfortable position and how to physically prepare yourself before meditation.  Without these basic skills beginners can become frustrated and often give up ...thinking "I am just not good at meditation". If you have ever had that thought then this course is for you!  We will learn the skills and tricks that can help everyone to become "successful" meditators and reap the numerous benefits of regular meditation practice!

The Lecture Topics include

- What is Meditation

- Concentration Vs. Meditation

- How to Handle Distraction

- Using Self-Reflection Questions

- 6 Techniques for a Successful Meditation Practice

- 4 Ways to Prepare for Meditation Practice

- Movement Before Stillness

- The Major Types of Meditation

- Meditation Journaling

- Making Meditation Part of Daily Life

- Keeping up the Momentum in your Practice

Once you have the foundation skills in place we will work through 6 common meditation techniques. Throughout this process, we will also utilize the practice of "meditation journaling" to help us gain a deeper understanding of meditation & what technique is best for YOU!

The Meditation Techniques Include

- Breath

- Mindfulness

- Loving Kindness

- Mantra

- Visualization

- Chakra Energy

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in starting to meditate, but are unsure where to start
  • Anyone that has tried meditation but become frustrated because they could not "turn off their mind"
  • Those looking for tools to manage stress, anxiety or depression
  • Those looking for skills to improve mental focus and clarity


Yoga Therapist & Meditation Teacher
Laura Goellner E-RYT, C-IAYT
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 2,399 Reviews
  • 25,167 Students
  • 19 Courses

I started teaching yoga and mat pilates in 2005 while I was earning my BA in Psychology. I went on to earn a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and have been working in physical rehabilitation since 2009. In 2015 I completed my training as a Massage Therapist with a specialty in the treatment of the Lymphatic System. My passion is to combine the traditional medical model with the complementary techniques offered in eastern traditions through my work as a Yoga Therapist. 

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