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Meditate your way to a peaceful year

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Meditate your way to a peaceful year

It's easy to succumb to negativity, but meditation is a good solution for overcoming turbulent feelings. (Thinkstock)

It’s easy to succumb to negativity, but meditation is a good solution for overcoming turbulent feelings. Here’s where to do that in Orange County.

Body & Brain
Focusing on achieving a healthy body, a happy heart and a powerful brain, Body & Brain encourages self-reflection in a communal environment. You can join a relaxing meditation class and also enroll in yoga, tai chi, detoxes, workshops, meditation tours and rhythmic-movement classes. Prices vary depending on membership fees. Discounted rate for the first class. bodynbrain.com/Irvine

Mahamudra
If you’re looking to explore Buddhism while seeking mental clarity, Mahamudra is a great meditation center to visit. Meditation groups are held in several locations throughout the week. Practitioners can explore their spirituality while discovering the benefits of meditation. $12 per class. meditationinorangecounty.org

Seventh Chakra Yoga
Yoga and meditation go hand and hand when it comes to peace and tranquility. Seventh Chakra Yoga in Huntington Beach and Placentia offers classes in both as well as courses in personal development, including overcoming bad habits and addictions, self-empowerment and mastering the mysteries of life. Yoga for kids is also available. Prices vary per class. seventhchakrayoga.com

SoCal Meditation
The Subtraction Method includes recalling events, self-reflection, and emptying your mind and is the unique meditation model at SoCal Meditation in Orange and Irvine. Classes are offered seven days a week and are separated into seven different experience levels to cater to each practitioner’s needs. Free introductory class. Prices vary depending on membership fees. socalmeditation.org

Transcendental Meditation of Coastal Orange County
Participating in meditation regularly is known to offer many health benefits, and no one knows this more than Transcendental Meditation Coastal Orange County. Improving heart health and stress/anxiety management are the key goals of this nonprofit. In fact, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Forbes have endorsed the company. Practitioners can choose to meditate at the Laguna Beach or Newport Beach locations. Free introductory talks.
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Zen Center of Orange County
The Zen Center of Orange County provides the tools needed for everyone from beginners to advanced participants wanting to tap into the serenity of mindfulness. Practitioners can purchase meditation cushions, take meditation workshops or join a retreat group. The Introduction to Zen Meditation workshop is $75. Prices for other services vary. zcoc.org

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