Frequently Asked Questions
Inscape creates immersive experiences for guided meditation and relaxation for people to find balance in a fast-paced, over-stimulated world.
Inscape offers meditation techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Our primary techniques were chosen because they are three of the most popular and effective techniques - Focus, Mindfulness and Mantra. They are varied, appealing and simple to understand.
- Focus meditation is the practice of placing your attention on a single thing—it can be your breath, a part of your body, or even a flower. It is a very effective technique that helps to focus the mind and calm the body.
- Mindfulness meditation is the practice of having an open awareness in the present without judgement. The object of your awareness can include sensory experiences (hearing, touch, taste, sight, smell), body sensations, feelings or thoughts. This practice allows you to become less reactive and more responsive, to gain insight to the way your mind works and to get to know and understand yourself better.
- Mantra meditation is the practice of repeating a word or sound which serves as an anchor for the mind. It is a technique that is easy to learn and allows the body and the mind to enter deep states of stillness. Researched benefits include less stress, anxiety, insomnia and hypertension.
- The Inscape meditation flow is our signature sequence that is designed to bring people from their busy life into a more calm experience.
- It is a sequence of movement, breathing, guidance, silence and grounding; bringing you from your outer world to your inner world.
- Traditionally movement and breathing are used to prepare the body and mind for meditation. This flow sequence is designed with that in mind.
The Inscape Flow Structure:
- Each session opens with a short inspiration or intention.
- Gentle body movement is used to center and ground the body, to begin to slow down the heart rate and prepare for meditation. It begins to turn your attention from the outside world to your body. These simple movements can be done seated on a chair or cushion, and can generally be practiced by anyone.
- Breathing is next, which is used to calm your nerves helping you to relax. The goal is to settle the mind and bring your attention from the noise of the outside world to your meditation practice.
- The meditation technique section offers step by step guidance to some of the world’s most popular ancient meditation techniques.
- The next part of the session is the time you are in silence. During this time you get to practice the day’s technique while exploring and refining your practice.
- The closing outro includes grounding your mind and body, and bringing you back to your day after your practice. Including some practical tips on how you can integrate your meditation practice into your daily life.
Both meditation and relaxation are effective for the health of your mind and body. True relaxation however is different from sitting on the sofa with a book, or laying on the beach.
- True relaxation is happening when the ‘relaxation response’ is stimulated. The ‘relaxation response’ is when your body feels safe and nurtured and sends signals to your body to slow down your breathing and heart rate. It’s the opposite of the flight or fight response.
- Meditation is different to relaxation. The underlying premise of meditation is that your state of mind influences the quality of your life. Meditation is about mastering your relationship with your mind; learning to accept and observe life as it is, as well as practicing to overcome reactive thinking patterns.
- As you get to know yourself better you can begin to choose what your body and mind needs on any given day.
- Meditation and relaxation both offer valuable benefits.
- You can practice both at different times, some people do meditation in the morning and relaxation in the evenings.
- Keep in mind the outcome you are looking for and choose the practices that support that goal.
Inscape meditation sessions are designed to be done while seated.
Inscape relaxation sessions are designed to be done lying down flat on your back.
Relaxation sessions use techniques known to calm down the nervous system and reduce cortisol levels which are produced by stress. These both help with stabilizing sleep patterns.
- Inscape sessions are designed to give you an optimal meditation experience. The technique you select is really a matter of personal preference.
- We encourage you to explore our three primary techniques: Focus, Mindfulness and Mantra and get familiar with the differences.
- Essentially all three will bring you the desired benefit when practiced consistently.
- Research shows that it’s easier to develop a regular meditation practice if you find a technique that you prefer.
- There is no harm in trying different techniques, however just like with any other skill, choosing one and sticking with it will allow you to refine the technique and develop your practice.
- All of the techniques offered by Inscape have been around for thousands of years.
- The best technique is the one you actually practice, which may change over time.
- The three primary techniques offered at Inscape vary and appeal to different people at different times.
- It is worth your time to give each technique a good trial. It’s perfectly normal to explore and you will find you are naturally drawn to one over another.
- It’s not the technique that is most important, but the benefits you gain from practicing it regularly.
We encourage you to explore the various techniques we offer and find the one you prefer. There is no harm in trying different techniques, however like with any other skill, picking one and staying with it, at least for a while, will allow you to refine your practice, and gain the most benefits for the time invested.
- Preparation can be an important part of meditation. When you are focused on our outer world and distracted by your busy mind, it can be a big leap to suddenly sit in silent meditation.
- We guide you to slow down your body and breath and then get centered for a few minutes.
- Tuning into your body allows you to be more engaged and effective during meditation.
- The movements we have selected help you naturally slow down, breathe deeply and prepare you for an efficient meditation.
- The breathing exercises in the Inscape Meditation Flows serve the purpose of calming the mind and nervous system, and to prepare you for your meditation practice.
- Breathing is an important and easy way for you to have a direct impact on your state of mind. It directly affects your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and regeneration.
- Your breathing is directly connected with your mental state. Excitement, calmness, joy, anger or any other state, has a particular breathing pattern. When you take control of your breathing with intention, you can change your thought patterns and emotional state.
- The benefits of breathing practices include: reduced stress and anxiety, pain relief, promotes sleep, and increases focus and a sense of calm. They activate the ‘relaxation response’ by supporting the parasympathetic nervous system. This increases your resilience and endurance when under pressure or challenged in life.
- There are different kinds of pain. Mild pain from stretching your muscles is no reason for concern, however there should never be pain within and around the joints of the body.
- There is no reason to do any movements by force or with momentum. The purpose is to settle and ground your body so you can feel connected to it.
- You can always stop doing any movement.
- If pain persists, adjust your position, relax and see your physician or physical therapist.
- An easy way to explain being present is to define not being present. When you are thinking about the past or future you are not present. Thoughts and anxiety can pull us in either direction at any time during the day.
- Sometimes it makes sense to reflect on the past and plan for the future, so we need to learn to observe our minds and emotions, and watch for healthy versus habitual thought patterns.
- Meditation is a practice in learning to be more present at any given time. To remain neither in the past or the future.
- Acceptance is a good starting place to being present, because when we reduce resistance from judgements we naturally find ourselves able to be more present and not wishing things were constantly different from what they are.