For the past 6 years, meditation has played a pivotal role in my life, the benefits of which are unique and all too necessary in the hyper-connected world we live in today. Through experiences in intimate small group settings and larger retreats, I've come to realize a wellness practice is only as enriching as the community you surround yourself with. With the influx of impersonal wellness apps, and yoga studios closer to gyms than places of wellness in mind, I've attempted to create an experience that merges the convenience of a digital interface with the irreplaceable experience that connecting with a teacher brings. MindflPlaces was built in hopes to bring awareness to this aspect of meditation and yoga practice by connecting seasoned practitioners alike with wellness teachers in the privacy of a hosts’ home. By connecting community through shared spaces, MindflPlaces allows these practices to become more widely accessible.
This project was designed during my senior year at Loyola Marymount University. I understood the importance of group settings when it came to meditation, so the main objective was to figure out a way to better connect wellness instructors with students outside of a traditional studio setting.
The process began with a simple white board sketch of the key features to include. These were, Teach, Discover, and Host. Teach would include wellness instructor information. Discover would give the user the ability to book a wellness class near them. Host would enable someone with open space to host a class on their property.
My design mainly focused on a user friendly approach to meditation and wellness. Living in LA, I understood that the studios that seemed to be doing well were the ones that were branding to the younger generation and not so much the seasoned yogi. I wanted to strike a balance between the two. My target audience for this idea fell into two categories: seasoned practitioners wanting a place to practice outside of a traditional studio setting, and newbies who were looking to start a practice with like-minded people in a more low-key environment that a studio can't provide.
I am very happy with the progress I made on this project. MindflPlaces was originally meant for my thesis project, but I have turned this into much more than that. I've talked with a few people and teachers and I am still working on making this a reality.
If you're interested in joining me in making mindflplaces a reality please contact me here.