Like many of her yoga students, Diane Nickelberg-Barnett enjoyed the few minutes of meditation that began and ended each of her classes.
In an effort to expose more people in New Canaan to the physical and mental health benefits of meditation, Nickelberg-Barnett opened Grounded Meditation last year. Clients at Grounded Meditation learn that focusing the mind can have many benefits, including better sleep, less stress, enhanced focus, and lower blood pressure.
Nickelberg-Barnett says her approach is to present meditation in a way that people can easily follow, have fun, and enjoy the benefits of learning. She said she wants to create a community of like-minded meditators who aspire to be more calm, relax more and feel better at the conclusion of each session.
Like many businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis, Grounded Meditation has shifted from in-studio sessions to virtual classes. Nickelberg-Barnett works with a third-party streaming service to teach weekly meditation classes to participants and group home residents. She also offers private sessions and workshops to individuals and groups (families, friends and businesses) and will continue to adapt her programming as the region emerges from the health crisis.
Nickelberg-Barnett says her most popular event since the quarantine began has been her twice-a-week virtual sound baths on Facebook. Sound baths are meditation classes that guide people into a meditative state while encompassed by instrumental melodies. The sound baths help to calm and quiet the mind, Nickelberg-Barnett said.
Grounded Meditation was sharing space with another business before the health crisis started. Nickelberg-Barnett said the other business has closed, so she will be searching for a new location when local businesses are allowed to re-open in New Canaan.
Get more information on virtual classes and schedules at www.groundedmeditationstudio.com or call 203.717.4777. You can also find Grounded Meditation on Instagram and Facebook.