Sydney eases into World Meditation Day

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More than 100 Sydneysiders have ushered in the sun's rays with a spot of mindfulness, stretching and breathwork in the park on World Meditation Day.

A large group convened on Friday morning at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden for the mass sunrise meditation class, which involved breathwork, meditation, pilates-based exercises and spiritual contemplation.

Research shows meditation can positively impact conditions ranging from insomnia and migraines to irritable bowel syndrome.

"There's a reason many of the world's biggest corporations and start-ups such as Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and Nike practise mindfulness and meditation," Sydney meditation expert Edwina Griffin said in a statement.

"Research shows meditation improves emotional awareness, self-control and empathy, which help strengthen emotional intelligence, leadership and the performance of staff. It also teaches resilience tools which can be incorporated not just in day to day work life but forever."

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