Book a guided session or class at one of these meditation centres and mindfulness studios to get your wellness journey started.
A small change with a huge impact: meditating and practising mindfulness can really make a difference in your day-to-day. It’s always our intention to slow down and pause our often hectic, too-busy and highly-stressful lives but it’s a lot easier said than done! Here are the best meditation and mindfulness centres in Hong Kong providing free classes, guided sessions and wellness retreats.
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The Best Meditation Studios & Mindfulness Centres In Hong Kong
Ikigai — General meditation, sound healing, breathwork, mindfulness and more
Boutique wellness studio Ikigai is all about creating a sense of calm, peace and balance. The Causeway Bay location boasts more meditation-based sessions but it’s worth checking out both weekly schedules. Practices covered in its classes include mindfulness through sounds, sound healing, breathwork, mindfulness meditation, tea meditation and “Trataka” candle gazing meditation.
IKIGAI Central, 7/F, On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong,
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Balance Health – Tibetan singing bowl meditation, qi gong, hypnotherapy and more
Holistic healing space Balance Health Natural Wellness Centre promises to (gently) guide you towards healing and growing. Alongside Traditional Chinese Medicine, touch therapies (like deep tissue massages, osteopathy and physiotherapy) and coaching and counselling — you’ll find meditation options like Tibetan singing bowls, qi gong and more.
Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong — Qi gong meditation classes and solo mindfulness and chakra sessions
Head to Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong for a luxurious meditation-based retreat, either by joining an ongoing wellness class (including qi gong meditation alongside cardio sessions, pilates, hatha yoga, kickboxing and more) or reserving a solo meditation session (with options like singing bowl, chakra meditation, and meditation and mindfulness)
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Kadampa Meditation Centre – Regular meditation classes conducted in English
Learn the essential steps of meditation and practical ways to incorporate Buddhist teachings into your life at Kadampa Meditation Centre. A peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Sheung Wan, the centre is led by volunteers who are dedicated practitioners. Join the drop-in (no booking needed!) mediation class in English that takes place every Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9pm.
Red Doors Studio — Weekly gong bath meditation sessions
Head southside for one of Red Doors Studio’s signature studio evenings of meditation and deep relaxation to the sound of multiple gongs. It’ll start with setting an intention, chanting and a few gentle seated exercises as you meditate and decompress. Keep an eye out for any workshops!
Red Doors Studio, Flat A, 21/F, Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.red-doors.com
Vipassana Hong Kong – 10-day silent meditation retreat on Lantau Island
10 days of silence without a phone or any contact with the outside world is incredibly challenging so trust us when we say Vipassana is most definitely for those seeking a totally immersive experience. This silent meditation retreat on South Lantau Island promises to help you eliminate causes of unhappiness so you can truly tackle stressors and problems in your life.
Vipassana Hong Kong, Tung Wan, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.dhamma.org
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SAMADHI Training Centre For The Soul — Crystal sound singing bowl meditation
Founded by Ocean WhiteHawk (aka Mother Ocean), SAMADHI is a serene space in Sheung Wan laid out on two floors. You’ll find guided meditation sessions here like alchemy crystal sound healing (using singing bowls), “soul wisdom” lessons and more.
More Places For Mindfulness & Meditation In Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Mindfulness Teachers Network — Independent professionals providing mindfulness-based programmes in varied settings. mindfulnessteachers.hk
- Transcendental Meditation — Practicing the meditation form developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s, a favourite among celebrities. hk.tm.org
- Hong Kong Center for Mindfulness — A group of healthcare professionals teaching mindfulness in Hong Kong. mindfulness.hk
- Mindful Studio HK — Studio specialising in yoga, meditation, pilates and soundbaths. www.mindfulstudiohk.com
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How To Meditate And Practice Mindfulness On Your Own
A good place to start is simply to focus on your breath. Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be on your way to a calmer and happier you.
- Find a quiet spot to sit down. A cushion or a chair is great especially if your back needs extra support.
- Set a timer for a specified time. Start with five minutes and slowly build your way up to 20 minutes. Having a set amount of time will help your mind to settle.
- Place your palms comfortably on your lap or on your knees and allow your eyes to close.
- Take a moment to make sure your body is completely relaxed. Check your forehead, jaw and shoulders for tension and release any you might be holding on to.
- Notice your breath moving in and out of the body. Feel how your body rises as you inhale and how it falls as you exhale.
- Begin to notice the pauses between the breaths — at the start of an inhale and at the end of an exhale. Try to lengthen those pauses.
- When a thought pops into your mind, acknowledge it and allow it to drift away. It sometimes makes it easier to imagine your thoughts like clouds and visualise them simply drifting away.
- Continue to focus on your breath until the timer goes off.
- A nice way to end your meditation is to think of a few things you’re grateful for — big things, little things, anything that fills you up with love. Let that feeling of gratitude flow through your whole body and then open your eyes.
Editor’s Note: “Hong Kong Meditation Centres: Studios For Every Technique” was most recently updated in June 2023 by Sakina Abidi. With thanks to Rosalie e’Silva and Fashila Kanakka for their contribution. A version of this article also exists on our sister site Sassy Mama Hong Kong.