Nguyen Anh Duong, 24, always wakes up at 5 a.m. and starts her day by meditating for 10 minutes.
Having done it for more than a year, the Hanoi accountant says it helps ease work-related stress.
“I also attend a yoga and meditation class with my colleagues twice a week,” she says, standing outside her classroom on Hanoi’s Ly Thuong Kiet Street, where more than 20 people are seated with their eyes closed and breathing rhythmically.
She is among the growing number of people who have embraced meditation, which used to be associated with religion but has now become an antidote for many urbanites amid the rat race.
A woman meditates by Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake. Photo by VnExpress.
Meditation is not a new concept in Vietnam, where Buddhism has been around for hundreds of years. But not until now has it left pagodas and shed its religious tag, and classes are springing all over the country.
Le Thai Binh, director of Thien Viet meditation…