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About Take Five

Take Five Meditation is Washington, D.C.'s premiere meditation only studio. We offer drop in and membership-based classes to help you develop and enhance your meditation practice. Whether you’re new to meditation or have been meditating for years, Take Five is a one-stop shop for all your meditation needs. Our world-class instructors (aka Guides) specialize in many different meditation traditions, bringing you unparalleled diversity in the options available for you to explore. Located in the heart of the Dupont Circle neighborhood of our nation’s Capital, Take Five exists as your oasis from the hectic pace of day-to-day life.


Eldad Moraru
Co-Founder and Chief Contentment Officer


Tara Huber
Co-Founder and Chief Happiness Officer

Welcome,

We're Eldad and Tara, co-founders of Take Five Meditation. We created Take Five with one simple mission - to enable the greater Washington, D.C. community to find peace and happiness in their daily lives.

With our understanding of the intense, busy, networking, and intellectual ethos of Washington, D.C., Take Five Meditation provides an oasis, a place of deeply grounding mindfulness, a strong sense of community, and intellectual discovery. 

If you meditate regularly, you've thought about trying meditation but don't know where to begin, or you were turned off by your existing options, then Take Five Meditation is the place for you. We've developed a space, class curriculum and special community events that will teach you how to bring tranquility, joy and balance into your everyday life through the pracitice of meditation.

Wondering how we do it? Stop by, try one of our guided meditation classes, and enjoy complimentary tea we source from Teaism in our community lounge where you will meet some of D.C.'s most fascinating people in our growing Take Five community. You'll be glad you did.

See you on the cushion!

Tara and Eldad

Classes

(NEW!) Mind/Body Connection (Yoga) - 90 minute class taught by Co-Founder, Tara Huber

This class combines the moving asanas, the meditative and the contemplative elements of yoga and meditation, with one hour of movement that cultivates awareness-of-self, the mind body connection, and half an hour of deep conscious relaxation. A perfect way to spend your Sunday morning before you head over to the Dupont Farmer's Market.
(Please Bring you own Yoga mat, towel and water bottle)
* Sunday mornings only...for now

30 Minute Classes

These classes are perfect for your daily meditation practice. Squeeze one in before work, during your lunch break or on your way home. 

Calm, Center, and Restore

This half hour class is an opportunity to drop out of your mind, with all of its many pre-occupations, and to settle into alignment with your body.  We will practice such techniques as: body scan, slow mindful stretching and Shamatha (calm-abiding) meditation.   You will learn how to slow down, to relax the grip of your mind, and to feel at home in your body. 

Chi Meditation

Guided attention to breath and movement as a gentle but more active form of meditation. This rhythmic meditation cultivates energy for healing and vitality.

Clarity, Connection and Purpose

Start your day cultivating the connection with yourself. This inner relationship can help us to stay on track and become more in tune with our innermost guidance and intuition. Together, we will set an intention and create space for you to develop a steadiness within in order to navigate life with more ease.

Classic Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness practices strengthen our inherent ability to focus our mind and be attentive to what's going on around us.  By learning to change our habits through regular practice, both on and off the meditation cushion, we can lead more productive, happy lives.  Everyone is welcome, whatever your experience level.

Creating Joy

We all contain wisdom within us. We each have an inner compass that is oriented towards our truthful, joyful self-expression. So, how is it that we get stressed out, that we lose our way? We forget to prioritize pleasure. We forget to check in with our inner compass. In this class, we will practice checking in with our mind, heart and body, and discern what is truth for us. We will also practice some energetic meditative techniques, and creative exercises, designed to release stress, and open us up to greater flow and intuitive knowing.

Crowd Sourced Meditation

​Difficulties staying focused during meditation? Leverage the group's attention to arrive in the present moment.

Crystal Bowl Meditation

Listening to the pure vibrant tone of the Crystal bowl, we come into a state of deep relaxation instantly.  Access clarity and stillness with greater ease as the crystal bowls bring you rejuvenation and cleansing.

Focused vs. Open Awareness

Settle the mind using concentration techniques, then trust yourself to open...to the simplicity of effortless being-ness.

Foundations of Mindfulness

This class offers a guided contemplative journey that introduces "calm abiding" or Shamatha, a breath based practice from the Tibetan tradition, that calms and centers body, mind and spirit.

Inhabiting The Body

Learn to drop out of the busy-ness of the mind to inhabit the wisdom and aliveness of the body.

Mantra Meditation

Mantra meditation is a form of vibrational healing that works from the inside out. Access deeper levels of awareness using simple sacred sounds that lead you to the stillness within, thereby washing all thoughts, worries and concerns away in the process.

Meditation 101

Not sure where to start with your meditation practice? We've got you covered. Come see and learn what meditation is all about. 

Mindfulness Meditation and Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by promoting a sense of calm, clarity and grounding. This guided meditation class will provide you with relaxation, breathing and  meditation techniques, supported by the ancient healing benefits of essential oils. This practice will help students to mindfully engage and integrate body, breath, mind and heart to promote deep relaxation and healing.

Moving Meditation

Any movement can be performed as a meditation, if we apply mindfulness and a slow pace. This class will explore the connection between conscious breath and movement through walking meditation, tai chi, cathartic dance and restorative postures. This class is great for those who want to experience the healing benefits of meditation but would like to move their bodies before finding stillness.

Recess for Your Mind

Recess for Your Mind, gives your mind the opportunity to move away from the "busy mind," to explore the imaginative world of your heart and the sensory world of the body. Rather than working so hard to get your attention, the mind can cut loose, explore new ideas and help you resolve what makes you anxious.

With more of yourself involved in problem-solving, you may find that solutions come with ease. You can sleep without all that noisy chatter in your head. You feel calmer in stressful situations and enjoy your accomplishments more.

Relax and Replenish

In this session, you will enjoy body-centered relaxing meditations in which you will learn how to let go of stress you may be carrying and replenish your energy. You can choose to relax lying down or sitting up.

45 Minute Classes

When you're ready to go deeper or simply have more time, these classes are the ideal length to treat yourself.

Art and Mindfulness

The creative process is used as a vehicle for meditation.  With mindfulness practice, we learn to let go of external expectations and simply to “be” in and with the creative moment.  No art experience necessary.  

Classic Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness practices strengthen our inherent ability to focus our mind and be attentive to what's going on around us.  By learning to change our habits through regular practice, both on and off the meditation cushion, we can lead more productive, happy lives.  Everyone is welcome, whatever your experience level. This 45 minute class builds on the 30 minute version both in depth and duration. If you liked our 30 minute version, you'll love this 45 minute offering.

Gong Bath Meditation

This ancient vibrational tool offers a sound massage for the body, mind and soul.  Lie down, get comfortable and receive the symphonic multi-layered sounds of the Gong as they wash over you.

Inner Light: Kabbalistic Meditation for the Busy Mind

Kabbalah - Jewish mysticism - offers a number of transformative meditation techniques aimed to calm the mind, revitalize the soul, connect to the Source, and discover the deepest self. We will sample a variety of Jewish meditation practices and discover solace and sanctuary in our own bodies, hearts and minds. No background or prior experience necessary - beginners welcome!

Mindfulness, Meaning and Empathy

One of the greatest powers of a meditation practice is its ability to allow us to cultivate a deeper and more robust relationship with ourselves and the world around us. In this class we will develop a richer understanding of mindulness and explore its application to our inner and outer lives - from our motivations and emotions to our interactions and relationships.

Self-Compassion

Self-judgement can be automatic.  We don’t realize we are shutting ourselves out of our own hearts.  Learn to rest in the heart of compassion.

Synchronizing Mind and Body

This class will provide opportunities to meditate not only with our minds but also with our bodies. From week to week we'll explore practices that enlist the body's help in focusing and stilling the mind, such as body scans, walking meditation, postures, as well as working with the breath. This class will leave you calm and refreshed to carry on with your day.

Unplug

Does being online feel partly okay and partly compulsive? To borrow from an old saying, technology is a wonderful servant, and a terrible master. Find refuge, with others who understand, from the pull toward the phone. Find refuge in a more ancient pull...to be deeply with yourself.

Using the Body as a Compass

We are often caught in our thinking mind, analyzing everything in order to make decisions. Our bodies hold much wisdom for us and can offer us answers that our minds simply can not figure out. Spend some time connecting to the inner wisdom that lies within and make decisions from a more grounded place.

The Visual Mind

Recall past memories. Acknowledge the present. Then, Manifest your future.

Celebrating, Period!

This special hour long class happens every second Sunday of the month
* cost for this class is treated the same as our 45 minute classes

Celebrating, Period!

Celebrating, Period events at Take Five Meditation are a safe space for all women and girls to gather together. Gatherings include meditation, self-care, and time to share stories and experiences. This is a beautiful opportunity for mothers, daughters and sisters to connect and learn about each other.
- Joyfully express your feminine creative power and ability to experience the life cycle within you.
- Find rest and self-loving care.
- Experience the feminine birthright of profound pleasure.
- Come into a healthy balance with the masculine within yourself and out in the world.

Private Special Events and Corporate Team Building Activities

Book our space for a unique special event or have us come to you. These 75 minute classes promote socializing, team building and good old fashioned wholesome fun. Onsite bookings can include refreshments, food and more. Call or email for details and pricing. 

Mindfulness Games

We can practice being mindful in any moment…why not while playing games? These games are designed to help feel more connected to yourself and others!

Seminars and Workshops

These classes are ideal for those looking to enhance their practice or to delve deeper into a specific topic of interest. Typically offered as a set of classes, these offerings are not part of our regular recurring schedule. To find out when these popular offerings are taking place, sign up for our newsletter or keep an eye below for schedule and signup details. These offerings are priced separately, however, our monthly and annual members receive discounts.

Detox Your Body, Mind and Soul for Summer - June 21st

Join Lisa Consiglio Ryan, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, founder of Whole Health Designs and award-winning author of best-selling cookbook, Go Clean, Sexy You for a book signing and workshop.

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in all the delicious raw fruits and veggies! Learn how to nourish and cleanse your body during the summer months with seasonal foods as well as mindful eating techniques. During this workshop, learn how to use food and self-care techniques to create a powerful cleansing program for the mind, body and spirit. Discover what types of superfoods to incorporate into your summer diet: juices, smoothies, organic frutis and vegetables and more. We will also discuss breathing techniques for mindul eating to assist with the cleansing process. Receive must-have summer recipes and enjoy treats from the Go Clean, Sexy You cookbook during this interactive workshop. Book signing to follow.

June 21st, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost - $35 (Includes a signed copy of Lisa's book "Go Clean, Sexy You")
Enroll Here.

Special Guest Speakers

Subject matter experts regularly visit Take Five to offer one of a kind talks and discussions. Don't miss the opportunity to meet and converse with these fascinating individuals who honor us with their time and wisdom. To find out when a speaker will be at the studio, sign up for our newsletter or watch for a posting on our online schedule. These events are priced separately, however, monthly and annual members will receive a discount.

Mindfulness Summer Camps (for Teens 12-15)

Mindfulness in Action: planting the seeds of meditation for teens.

In this immersion class, youth will delve deeply into mindful awareness through multiple practices. We will explore a variety of meditation techniques from different traditions, including buddhist and yogic perspectives, to find those that each student connects to personally.  As we call attention to our breath/chi and ride its wave inward, we will learn how to cultivate mindful speech, movement and creativity using art, journaling, compassionate communication and mindfulness games as our vehicles for practice.  Each day will include a formal seated meditation practice, circle time for sharing, an active practice, journaling and mindful art creation.  As we establish a daily practice of meditation together, teens will gain new insights about their bodies, minds and a connection with themselves to nurture as they move forward into their lives.  

Please pack a snack, water bottle, journal, hat/sunscreen, and something to write/draw with.

All sessions are $300 each and run from Monday - Friday 9:00am - 11:30am
Session 1: June 19th - 23rd
Session 2: July 10th - 14th
Session 3: August 7th - 11th

Signup Here

Schedule

 

Your Guides

Anand

Anand

Anand Parikshak is a meditation teacher, martial artist and poet.

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Anand Parikshak 

Anand Parikshak is a  meditation teacher, martial artist, and poet. As an Indian-American, Anand was first taught meditation and posture from his father- the son of a yogi and Vedanta educator. During his teens, Anand took a personal interest in meditation inspired by a connection to Nature. Since then, he has trained with many notable meditation instructors including Dr. B. Bayard, Master Junfeng Li, Master Mantak Chia, Dr. B Alan Wallace, Zen Roshi Jan Chozen Bays, and H. H. Satya Sai Maa. Anand takes his greatest inspiration and teaching lineage from his mentor, Dr. B. Bayard, with whom he has trained in Taoist meditation, Chi Kung, and Tai Chi Chu'an intensively since 2007. 

Anand is skilled in the forms of Yang Family Tai Chi Chu’an, Tai Chi Sheng Gong, Tai Chi Chi Gong, Wuji Yuan Gong, Iron Shirt Chi Gong, and Empty Standing Chi Gong. He is approved to teach in the system of his mentor and holds meditation teaching certifications from the Universal Healing Tao (500 hr) and the Cultivating Emotional Balance Project (180 hr).

Ben

Ben

Benjamin Shalva leads seminars around the world in Spiritual Cross-Training, Kabbalah Yoga, Jewish Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation

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Ben Shalva

As a writer, rabbi, meditation teacher, and yoga instructor, Benjamin Shalva leads seminars around the world in Spiritual Cross-Training, Kabbalah Yoga, Jewish Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and his yoga teacher certification from the Yogic Physical Culture Academy in Los Cabos, Mexico. Shalva serves on the faculty at the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, leads musical prayer services for the 6th & I Historic Synagogue and Bet Mishpachah in Washington, DC, and serves as the camp rabbi for Tamarack Camps in Detroit, Michigan. His writings have been published in numerous publications including the Washington Post, Elephant Journal, and Spirituality & Health magazine. He is the author of two books -- Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching through Silence, Stretch, and Song and Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife, Sara, and their two children.

Dustin

Dustin

Dustin Canter experienced his first organized group meditation class in 2007 and has been hooked ever since.  

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Dustin Canter 

Dustin Canter experienced his first organized group meditation class in 2007 and has been hooked ever since.  Dustin is passionate about team sports and finds that mindfulness helps not only on the field, but in the classroom, and at the office.  He teaches to a wide audience ranging from teenagers to senior citizens.  He loves to visionboard in his free time and believes that nothing is impossible.  As Nelson Mandela once said, "It always seems impossible until its done."  In 2007, Dustin attended a charity soccer match for Mandela's 89th birthday in Cape Town.  Being in the same stadium as Mandela inspired Dustin to return home, to think bigger, and continue a life of serving others.

Jen

Jen

Jen Young guides you to unite the wisdom of your body, the compassion of your heart and focus of your mind to bring you into greater wholeness.

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Jen Young

In her meditation classes, Jen Young guides you to unite the wisdom of your body, the compassion of your heart and focus of your mind to bring you into greater wholeness.  From this place of wholeness, you can find clarity and ease.  You can more readily see the path in front of you and trust your inner guidance.

A student of flow states, Jen's work is about personal growth through breath, imagination, creativity, physical movement and connection to the natural world.  She believes that when people have the tools they need to heal and express who they authentically are, the world also heals.

Jen is the founder of Spitfire Arts through which she teaches yoga, healing and expressive movement.  She also offers guidance on Belly Love, a self-Love/self-care practice of sending Love from your heart to your belly.

Jeneen

Jeneen

Jeneen is our Sound Healing guide leading some of the most unique and popular, relaxing, mind blowing classes we offer. 

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Jeneen Piccuirro

Jeneen is our Sound Healing guide incorporating crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, gong drum, or tuning forks, into some of the most popular, relaxing, mind blowing classes we offer. Jeneen's background and teaching experience in yoga and meditation which began at age 18, has spanned decades and flows from a diverse group of renowned teachers from various backgrounds. A short list of some of her instructors include Dharma Mittra, Sri Karunamayi Ma, David & Shannon Life, Swami Bua, Shiva Rea, Andres Mamet, Yogeshwar (Darin Soma) and many more. Jeneen brings an energy and passion to her classes that is second to none. 

Jennifer

Jennifer

Jennifer's root meditative practice is Shambhala Buddhism, and she is an active teacher of Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Arts at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

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Jennifer Parde

Jennifer's root meditative practice is Shambhala Buddhism, and she is an active teacher of Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Arts at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center.  She fervently believes that we all possess intuitive wisdom within us, and we can access our inner presence of calm knowing whenever we need it.  We need only to drop our pre-conceptions, and "tune in", and listen.  She also believes that wisdom resides in the body, and so we must listen to our body, in order to listen to our soul.

Joe

Joe

Joe Mauricio is a Life Coach, Senior Meditation Instructor and Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition

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Joseph Mauricio

Joseph is a Life Coach, Senior Meditation Instructor and Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Joe is the founder of L I F E W O R K  Contemplative Coaching Services offering meditation based life guidance.

Joseph teaches at the Shambhala Center of New York and MNDFL Meditation Studios in Greenwich Village. He is also the leader of Dharmajunkies, a conscious community of non violent activists in the East Village of New York City.

Klia

Klia

Klia studied and perfected her meditation teaching skills under the tutelage of Tara Brach. Beyond her other classes at Take Five, Klia leads our Happy Hour classes.

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Klia Bassing

Klia studied and perfected her meditation teaching skills under the tutelage of Tara Brach. Beyond her other classes at Take Five, Klia leads our Happy Hour classes. Outside of Take Five Klia works to bring Mindfulness Meditation for stress reduction where it is needed most—the workplace. 

Manisha

Manisha

Manisha has been exploring, practicing and studying different types of meditation for over 20 years. 

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Manisha Tare

Manisha has been exploring, practicing and studying different types of meditation for over 20 years. She spent 8 years studying Buddhist meditation in the Nyingma tradition and continues to connect to the core teachings. As a yoga teacher and bodyworker, she has witnessed how important it is for people to feel more at ease in their bodies in order to allow for a sense of spaciousness in their minds. It’s when we allow for that space, that inspiration, ideas, and messages can come to us. Manisha creates a receptive and safe space for students to explore their practice while offering gentle guidance to stay present during the process. 

Patricia

Patricia

Patricia Ullman is a senior teacher and meditation instructor in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions, having studied and practiced for over forty years under the guidance of some of the most renown teachers of our day

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Patricia Ullman

Patricia is a senior teacher and meditation instructor in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions, having studied and practiced for over forty years under the guidance of some of the most renown teachers of our day.  She has led workshops and retreats throughout Europe and North America for children, professionals, students and adults, from beginners to advanced practitioners of meditation and mindfulness in everyday life.  Through these simple yet profound practices, people of all ages and backgrounds can gain confidence in their own innate intelligence and worth and lead more full, productive and compassionate lives.

Patricia holds a J.D. degree and has spent her professional life in law, mediation, restorative justice, and non-profit leadership.  She brings mindfulness techniques into these fields as part of the natural process of transforming organizational culture and working with conflict.  She works with private clients and groups who wish to gain tools for improving the quality of their lives, work, and relationships with others.

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Rhiannon Landesberg is a yoga and meditation instructor with a deep passion for sharing the benefits of mindfulness practices with people of all ages.

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Rhiannon Landesberg

Rhiannon Landesberg is a child, family and adult yoga and meditation instructor with a deep passion for sharing the benefits of mindfulness practices with people of all ages. Rhiannon has worked as a full-time yoga and mindfulness teacher in public, charter and private schools over the past six years, implementing programs that emphasize well-being, empathy and resilience. She has also partnered with a number of studios and non-profit community organizations in the District. Her vision is a world where children and adults alike have the tools to transcend and reverse the detrimental effects of chronic stress and trauma in our communities.

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