With the holiday season in full bloom, and a new year just around the corner, it’s important to evaluate how you are doing and feeling. Many of us will make resolutions to get healthier this year, but don’t forget that checking in with your mental well-being is an equal pillar to overall health.
Meditation is a great way to slow down, reconnect with yourself and just take some time to clear your head and breathe. Doing so on a regular basis has enormous benefits for your mental state, as well as your physical body. Sure, it can be intimidating to start meditating if you’ve never done it before -- you might not know where to start or it may feel overwhelming to just sit and *be* for more than a couple of seconds. These five meditation studios are here to make it not so scary, to help guide you through it. With these classes, you’ll be given techniques and the support you need to mediate in a space that is designed specifically for mindfulness, peace and tranquility.
1803 Connecticut Ave NW, Second Floor
Take Five offers 30-minute meditation classes, which are perfect for beginners or busy bees who only have enough time to squeeze in a class on your lunch break or on your way home from work. Start with classes like Meditation 101, Unplug, Calm Center & Restore, Inhabiting the Body, or Walking Meditation. Forty-five minute classes are available for someone who might be a bit more comfortable meditating. Some of those classes include Gong Bath Meditation, Classic Mindfulness Techniques, Yoga Nidra Sound Bath, or Meditation on Rhythm. Take Five also offers a 90-minute mind/body connection yoga class every Sunday. Your first class costs $15, and then there are different membership and package options available.
1445 New York Ave NW
I think their website says it best: "Meditation helps reduce stress, enhance cognition, improve health and cultivate community." Why not give it a shot then, right? Classes range from 35-45 minutes at recharj, depending on the type of class you take. They include Gong Bath, De-Stress, Mindful Eating, Energy Balance, Reiki and Mindfulness. Recharj even offers “power nap” classes to help you really relax during your day. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, so there is definitely a time that works for everyone. New members can attend unlimited classes for two weeks for $25.
4708 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 200
The Center for Mindful Living offers meditation classes weekday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. These classes are drop in with no registration required, and a donation of $5 is suggested. Each class and instructor offers something a little different, but in each one you can expect at least a 30-minute guided meditation.
3520 Connecticut Ave NW
Shambhala is a worldwide community with a location right here in D.C. Meditation classes are open to anyone, free of charge. Classes are held at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through December, and then at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays starting in January. These guided instructions are perfect for newcomers as well as those who practice regularly!
Tips for attending mediation classes:
- Wear comfortable, layered clothing.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor questions.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself! There’s no right or wrong way, and everyone’s practice is different.