Benjamin Shalva leads seminars around the world in Spiritual Cross-Training, Kabbalah Yoga, Jewish Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation
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 is a husband, father, Realtor, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Harley Davidson rider, published author, world traveler, and all around foodie, pretty much in that order. He was born in Israel, moved to Zimbabwe, then to Queens, college in Boston, and finally to Washington, D.C. where he's lived ever since (if we don't count the year he sailed the Caribbean on a boat named Take Five with his best friend and was first introduced to meditation via a teacher on a Bahamian beach). After 27 years here, D.C. has been, is, and always will be Eldad's home.
Eldad's core is his family – his wife Jodi, son Eli (16), and daughter Talia (11). He works out religiously and fanatically, noting, “Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.”
Over the years, he experimented with meditation, but it became a profound source of comfort and strength following the passing of both of his parents within months of each other in 2012. At 43 years old, he started experiencing real anxiety for the first time. He began very deeply pondering his mortality and everything in his life from relationships to career choices to his purpose and on and on. His brain was on overload.
At that time, Eldad rediscovered meditation and began practicing on a daily basis through the self-teaching resources he could find. He found a calmness and a presence of being in the moment that he had never experienced before. The anxiety went away. Meditation was his game changer, and Eldad became determined to share meditation and mindfulness with his community too.
Tara has worked as a personal trainer and yoga teacher in the District of Columbia since 2001. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a multi-cultural family with a father who believed that world travel was an important part of education, shaping who she is. While living in the city, she grew up with a passion for the outdoors and worked as a wilderness guide in the Adirondacks during her summers off from college. She spent a lot of her free time cultivating her love of long distance running, cross-country skiing, and discovering the wonders of nature.
Due to their shared love of nature, Tara and her husband Laurent moved to Helena, MT for six years after graduate school. During this time, she found her passion for yoga, trained for marathons, and started to cultivate her meditation practice. Tara discovered the lifelong benefits of meditation when she used yoga and meditation techniques to have a completely natural and drug-free birthing experience with her twin sons.
While living in Montana, Tara launched a program that provided advocacy across the entire state on behalf of children in abuse and neglect cases in the court system. It was then that Tara travelled to DC for work, fell in love with the city, and decided to move her family back east.
Her two sons (Tristan and Loic) who are now sophomores in college went to DCPS schools from kindergarten through high school. During her sons’ years at Janney Elementary, Deal Middle, and Wilson High School, Tara was immersed in each community as a member of the PTA and as a fitness provider to a large swathe of her local community.
With an extensive personal background and practice in yoga and meditation, Tara was always interested in finding that place where she could support Washingtonians in moving from working with their bodies to also working with their minds. Through personal experiences, Tara learned that power and healing come through a regular meditation practice.
Tara lives happily in Friendship Heights DC with her husband Laurent, her cat Sai, and her dog Stella.
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
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.
Guided attention to breath and movement as a gentle but more active form of meditation. This rhythmic meditation cultivates energy for healing and vitality.
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.
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.
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.
Difficulties staying focused during meditation? Leverage the group's attention to arrive in the present moment.
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.
Settle the mind using concentration techniques, then trust yourself to open...to the simplicity of effortless being-ness.
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.
Learn to drop out of the busy-ness of the mind to inhabit the wisdom and aliveness of the body.
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.
Not sure where to start with your meditation practice? We've got you covered. Come see and learn what meditation is all about.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
Recall past memories. Acknowledge the present. Then, Manifest your future.
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.
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!
Benjamin Shalva leads seminars around the world in Spiritual Cross-Training, Kabbalah Yoga, Jewish Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation
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.
Jeneen is our Sound Healing guide leading some of the most unique and popular, relaxing, mind blowing classes we offer.
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
Joe Mauricio is a Life Coach, Senior Meditation Instructor and Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition
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.
Manisha has been exploring, practicing and studying different types of meditation for over 20 years.
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
Rhiannon Landesberg is a yoga and meditation instructor with a deep passion for sharing the benefits of mindfulness practices with people of all ages.