The Beginners Guide to Meditation
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The Beginners Guide to Meditation

Learn Meditation Techniques to Help Kick Bad Habits, Reduce Stress & Improve Your Health - Meditation Has Many Benefits
4.6 (19 ratings)
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1,484 students enrolled
Created by Laura Watson
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of this meditation course students will have learnt the underlying principles of the practice
  • Students will be able to lead their own personal meditation practice.
  • Students will have an understanding of meditation history
  • Students will understand how to prepare for meditation
  • Students will understand the different types of meditation distractions and how to overcome them
  • Students will have learnt how to breath more effectively during and outside of meditation
  • Students will have learnt how to connect with their bodies
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  • Students do not need to have any prior meditation experience to join this course
  • A keen desire to learn and create balance in their life will help them progress in meditation

I have put together The Beginners Guide to Meditation as I would like the practice to be as accessible as possible to everyone.   I believe that learning the practice of meditation is one of the most valuable gifts you can offer yourself, as the benefits that can follow can transform everything in your life, including mind, body and relationships. 

I have been practicing meditation for over 20 years, and have been teaching it as a fully qualified yoga teacher for nearly a decade.  During this meditation course you will benefit from this wealth of experience, learning amongst other things that meditation is a practice that anyone can benefit from

This course will teach you jargon free, effective meditation practices that gives you a clear way to understand and learn from any other meditation paths you come across after further reading.  This course is a Beginners guide and offers a fantastic introduction to meditation, but bear in mind that this is just only just the start of your journey. If anybody suggests, that their course or school tells you everything you need to know, you may want to... well meditate on it. In the yoga world, we like to think that everybody is potentially your teacher, especially your students.

The time investment needed to see benefit from this course varies (and depends on the benefit sought), but many people notice positive changes after practising for only 90 minutes per week for 3-4 weeks.  This time is normally broken out into short daily, or twice daily sessions.  It of course also needs to be maintained long term!

Meditation is probably one of most essential life skills you can learn.  I hope one day it will form part of school curriculums*, but Udemy is a great place to start, remember its never too late to learn!

Thank you for dropping by, I hope to welcome you to the course soon,

Here's to the start to a new & exciting journey...

Laura Watson

*I am honoured and delighted to have played a part in getting meditation (as part of an overall yoga practice) into the primary & secondary education system in Kent region in the UK.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those that what to create balance in their life
  • Those that have some physical yoga experience but have not developed their practice further
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
What is meditation? Why do people do it?
7 Lectures 19:00

What is meditation?

The benefits of meditation practice

The research & science behind meditation

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Preparing for meditation
10 Lectures 27:24
How much time can you regularly invest in your practice



Setting the space


Expectations & judgement


How do I know if meditation is working?

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Awareness of the breath
5 Lectures 20:44
Why is breathing so Important?

Learning to listen to your breath

Meditation: Awareness of breath

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Awareness of body
5 Lectures 26:58

What is a body scan?

Meditation: Awareness of body

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Compassion for yourself and others
5 Lectures 25:58

In this session / lecture Laura explains why it is worthwhile to work on developing compassion in your meditation practice.

Why work on Compassion?

In this session / lecture Laura talks about why judgement and and failing to forgive can stand in the way of compassion and how this can impact your meditation practice.

Letting go of Judgement & Forgiving

Meditation: Compassion for Yourself & Others

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Review of course & next steps
6 Lectures 01:21:42

Laura reviews what has been covered by The Beginners Guide to Meditation course and suggests next steps..  Make sure you check out the subsequent lectures / sessions after listening to this. 

Review of Course & Next Steps

Extended meditation: Awareness of breath

Extended meditation: Awareness of body

Extended meditation: Compassion for yourself & others


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About the Instructor
Laura Watson
4.4 Average rating
46 Reviews
7,715 Students
4 Courses
Yoga Teacher, Adventurer, Family Woman

Laura has practiced yoga & meditation for over 15 years and has taught it as a fully qualified professional for nearly a decade.  When she is not teaching clients on Skype she is traveling around the world with her family seeing friends, relatives and supporting charities / NGOs.

Whilst she recognises the roots of where Yoga comes from (Pre-Vedic Hinduism), Laura does not feel that yogic practice always has to aim for enlightenment.  As a teacher she works with her students supporting each of them on their own personal journey.  Be that to recover from an operation, or to become more patient with their partner.