Need a bit of zen in the midst of a crazy week? There’s a place for that in Park City.
Haum Meditation (pronounced “home”) recently opened off Kearns Boulevard in the Park Meadows Plaza. The yoga and meditation studio offers a variety of mindfulness-based classes, including guided meditations, yin yoga, vinyasa yoga, qigong, strength classes and more. (Check out descriptions of all classes here.)
When I found out that the studio had a “sound and sensory bath” class that involved practicing meditation, drinking tea and eating chocolate — mindfully, mind you, I was intrigued. But I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
Even though I’m a health coach, wellness writer and pretty into all things “woo-woo,” like yoga and meditation, I’ve never been to a sound bath, nor have I ever eaten chocolate “mindfully,” per se. (Quite the opposite in fact — I’m usually left with a handful of Dove chocolate wrappers and hardly any recollection of eating them.)
So in the name of journalism, I headed to Haum to find out what their “sensory experience” was all about.
The Haum Meditation Experience
When I walked into the studio, Cindy Hallows, the owner and lead instructor, greeted and welcomed me into the cozy space. In the entrance, you’ll find a small boutique with various yoga and meditation props, such as blocks, mats, essential oils, mala beads and chocolate (more on that later).
There’s also a selection of complimentary teas from Tea Zaanti for clients to enjoy. I highly suggest getting there early to have time to relax before your session starts.
Our 45-minute session began by Cindy telling us a little about what to expect. She told us to get comfortable — whether that meant sitting cross-legged, stretching out or even lying down. Obviously, I opted to lie down. (Hey, it had been a long week!) And with Cindy’s soothing voice, I felt relaxed almost instantly.
The sound and sensory bath mostly involved sound, but it was incredibly — and surprisingly — relaxing. Cindy used Tibetan singing bowls to bring out soothing, calming vibrations. “These vibrations encourage healing, rejuvenation, balance, focus and peace,” Hallows explains.
At the end of the sound bath, it was time for the fun part: tasting chocolate mindfully. Haum carries chocolate bars from Mandala Naturals, an Asheville, NC-based company that makes high-quality, raw, vegan and Paleo chocolate bars. Some of the bars also include… shall we say, special ingredients, such as medicinal herbs, wild mushrooms like chaga and reishi, and CBD extracts.
I’m not sure what it was, but chocolate tasted better than I’d ever remembered when I had a bite in my calm, mindful state. I was sold — literally; and I had to buy a bar before I left.
Wondering what the point of all this was? As Hallows puts it, the sensory meditation experience is all about “finding mindfulness” (or experiencing the present moment) “through the sense of taste, touch, smell, hear and sight,” she explains. “Learning to use our senses to experience the here and now to create more joy, happiness, contentment and peace in our everyday life.”