Guided Meditation: An Interview With Farel Hruska
Your overall health requires more than just a fitness routine. It is essential to focus on your mind, body, and heart. That’s why we’ve included guided meditation on our virtual fitness platform, iChuze Fitness. Today we answer all of your questions about meditation with our Director of Education and Culture, Farel Hruska.
1 | Hello, Farel. Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and your journey with Chuze Fitness?
Hi! My name is Farel Hruska and I joined the Chuze Family as the Director of Education and Culture in June of 2018. I have been a part of the fitness industry for almost 20 years and wear a lot of hats; personal trainer, group fitness instructor, pre and postnatal fitness expert and have been humbled by presenting at fitness conferences around the world for several years, as well. When I met Nick and Cory, our COO and CEO respectively, I KNEW that I had found my home with Chuze. I knew that what I believed about overall health and wellness through kindness and compassion was reflected in this amazing company.
2 | I have never meditated before, could you explain what exactly meditation is?
No worries…meditation is a free-flowing practice and there isn’t really a “right way to meditate”. The main objective is to simply slow the mind and ground yourself. Because meditation is often seen as something extensive and elusive, many either get nervous about it or simply don’t try because it feels unattainable or weird. It’s available to anyone and can be practiced in so many ways.
3 | How would you suggest getting started with meditation?
The very first step is to focus on your breath. That’s it. When you slow down enough to focus on/be aware of your breath, you have started meditating. It’s the simple act of slowing your breath and slowing your thoughts.
4 | Sometimes, during guided meditation, my mind wanders and I might completely forget I am even meditating. Do you have advice to help stop that?
My advice? Don’t judge what your mind does. Our minds wander, that is what they do. When you recognize that it is happening, simply re-focus and bring it back. Getting frustrated at your mind is the opposite end result of meditating. Just like anything you practice, like a sport or craft, the more you do it, the better at it you get.
5 | My household is busy, how do I meditate with everything going on around me?
Ah, that’s the best place to practice. Life is chaotic, a beautiful chaos. When we can figure out how to meditate and be mindful in the midst of that chaos, we’ve found the peace we desire! When you find space, even if it’s a few minutes to focus on your breath and calm your thoughts, you will manage that chaos so much better AND quite possibly inspire those in your household to do the same.
6 | What is the best tip you have for someone new to meditation?
Find something that brings you joy and that you will repeat. Just like fitness, there isn’t simply one way to exercise, it needs to be fun/satisfying for you and something you will return to. We have recorded meditations on iChuze Fitness, there are apps like Calm or Headspace to use to guide you through meditation. Or you can connect with nature on a walk or sitting outside. The first and most important step is just start somewhere and see how you feel.
7 | Anything else you would like to share with the Chuze Family?
You are unique, profoundly impactful and the world needs you. When you take time for self-care, like meditation, moving your body, and nourishing your soul, you will end up mom-ming better, dad-ing better, working better, and being in community better. You matter. We see you. Thank you for being part of our Chuze Family!
If you would like to learn more about meditation, tips for self-care, workout information, or anything else related to the mind, body, and heart—check out the other resources on our blog. Our team is passionate about fostering a well-rounded health and fitness routine. You can work on self-care at any of our locations. We hope to see you soon!