Drop-in meditation centers are aiding District denizens in a time of stress.
Whether you’re seeking a meditation community, a steady Buddhist practice or simply a place to rest during the day, Washington’s boutique meditation centers have you covered.
FOR A POWER NAP
Cozy nap pods provide sanctuary near the White House. Pop in for a mid-day rest or meditation session aimed at helping you de-stress. If classes aren’t your thing, self-guided practice is also an option, but remember to turn off your cell phones before entering the space. recharj.com
FOR INTRO MEDITATION
No-frills, spirituality-free meditation is what you’ll find at this Bethesda studio, aimed at “bringing meditation mainstream.” Half hour sessions teach beginners the basics of breathing in clear, simple terms. Classes for kids are also available. justmeditate.studio
FOR CALMING COMMUNITY
Take Five Meditation
This friendly Dupont studio offers a variety of meditation techniques for beginners up to advanced. Try the unique gong bath or crystal bowl meditation classes that incorporate ancient healing practices. Free cups of tea and regular community-focused events make it a spot to mingle and find your tribe. takefivemeditation.com
FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING
The Buddhist speaker and founder of Insight Meditation Community leads powerful Wednesday night meetings at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, where Vipassana instruction and guided meditation is followed by an insightful talk. Brach specializes in applying Buddhist teachings to mend psychological wounds. tarabrach.com
A version of this story appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Washington Life.