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Your First Class - $15

"Remember, you've been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens."

- Louise L. Hay

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

Mind/Body Connection (Yoga) - 90 minute class by a different Guide each Sunday

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 note that a different Guide teaches this class every Sunday according to their tradition and background.
(Please Bring you own Yoga mat, towel and water bottle)
* Sunday mornings

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. 

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.

Focused vs. Open Awareness

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

Inhabiting The Body

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

Lunchtime Yogic Nap (Yoga Nidra)

Known as 'sleep of the yogi,' Yoga Nidra is deeply restorative on all levels (mental/emotional, physical, energetic, and spiritual). This thirty minute class is a conscious power nap - a guided meditation that you do laying down, settling into stillness while exploring the inner dimensions of your consciousness. The session includes a taste of sound bath.

Mantras for Chakras 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. 

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.

Power of Intention and Gratitude

Your guide Artis has designed this class to give you some time specifically to dive a little deeper with the powerful practices of intention-setting and gratitude, concepts that are often touched on in other meditation classes. When we work with each of these practices regularly, interesting things begin to happen. Combining these practices is also very effective for manifesting change in your life. When you identify and set an Intention, not just for an individual meditation session, but something relating to the bigger picture in your life, this can serve as your Compass in life, keeping you on track with whatever your current goals are, be they related to career, relationships with others, or your relationship to yourself. The practice of being thankful for what you have helps to bring more goodness into your life. We will begin each class with a brief discourse about the Law of Attraction, how you could be sabotaging your life with your words, and the trickster called Time. Allow yourself to vibrationally align with your future timeline self where the desired Shift has already taken place; and allow yourself to dream big while maintaining total detachment from the outcome.

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.

Walking Meditation

Explore meditation in movement, contrasted with stillness.  Begin at the beginning, simply observing yourself in your normal gait, connecting your witness with your everyday self.  Then slow down, speed up, walk in patterns, walk a labyrinth, and sometimes, stop.  These classes will include some live music/sound healing. 

45 Minute Classes

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

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.

Journey of the Senses: Sound Bath + Aromatherapy

Kick off your weekend with a sound spa + aromatherapy - using essential oils, & smudging (when everyone is fine with it). Explore sensory perception, intention, personal ceremony, and your inner landscape, via meditation, mindfulness, and the healing sounds of wooden flute, drums, rattles, metallophone, singing bowls, and chimes, clearing the energy field and gently guiding you on a journey home to your self. Allow yourself some time to relax, soak in the good vibes, and release anything that's not serving you in your life.

Meditation On Rhythm

Come with a playful spirit... Explore the ubiquitous nature of rhythm in our lives. From the heartbeat to the drum, we will alternate between quiet and sound, stillness and movement, using inherent rhythms as our anchor. Each class is unique, depending on who shows up, and how you want to explore - through movement, music, or both. No music or movement experience necessary! Instruments are provided, but you are welcome to bring a percussion instrument if you have one.

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.

Yoga Nidra Sound Bath

Known as 'sleep of the yogi,' Yoga Nidra is deeply restorative on all levels (mental/emotional, physical, energetic, and spiritual). You get all the benefits of a power nap while taking some quality time to be with your Self. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that you do laying down, settling into stillness while exploring the inner dimensions of your consciousness. This hour-long session includes sound healing, and often some journaling at the end. Lay down, journey inward, observe, listen, with all of yourself, connect the dots of the soul whispers inside yourself. Allow healing & Shift to take place.

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.

Special One Time or Once per Month Classes

These classes are usually paid for on a drop-in basis only.  

New and Full Moon Sound and Meditation Immersions - (see below for dates and tickets)

Harness the gifts & wisdom offered by the power of each full & new moon, with specially designed ceremonies, by Take Five guides Jeneen Piccuirro and Artis Moon Amarché, which incorporate meditation, sound healing, and your creative & playful spirit...

Explore personal ritual, set intentions for the month, bring in clarity, and let go of what no longer serves you. Each Moon event is carefully, uniquely, and specifically crafted around the themes and energetics of that particular lunation. Align with us, your Self, and this monthly rhythm, as part of your ultimate self-care package.

See Eventbrite for full description of this event (pre-registration highly encouraged)

Sat Aug 25th, 6-8PM - Full Moon with Artis. Book online at EventBrite

Sat Sept 8th, 6:30-8PM - New Moon with Jeneen. Book online at EventBrite

Wed Sept 26th, 7:30-9:30PM - Full Moon with Artis. Book online at EventBrite

Tues Oct 9th, 7:30-9:00PM - New Moon with Jeneen. Book online at EventBrite

Wed Oct 24th, 7:30-9:30PM - Full Moon with Artis. Book online at EventBrite

Tues Nov 6th, 7:30-9:00PM - New Moon with Jeneen. Book online at EventBrite

Fri Nov 23rd, 8-10PM - Full Moon with Artis. Book online at EventBrite

Fri Dec 7th, 8-9:30PM - New Moon with Jeneen. Book online at EventBrite

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.

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.

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Your Guides

Alyssa

Alyssa

Alyssa Dougherty is a Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, certified through the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Alyssa Dougherty

Alyssa is a Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, certified through the McLean Meditation Institute. In 2017, she completed her 200-hour Meditation Teacher Training which focused on the theory, neuroscience, practice, and teaching of meditation and mindfulness. Alyssa turned to meditation and other holistic therapies after a debilitating, chronic digestive illness changed her life. Experiencing the tangible benefits of a daily meditative practice, including reduced stress and inflammation, was an integral part of her recovery. Adopting mindful eating techniques also helped her to embrace newfound dietary restrictions, which led to the creation of AlyssaUnsweetened.com, an allergy-friendly food website devoted to balancing mind, body and spirit. As a teacher, Alyssa offers restorative sessions focused on healing the body through the mind by targeting stress, cultivating more self-compassion, and embracing change.

Artis

Artis

A​rtis Moon Amarche has practiced a wide range of meditation styles over the past 25.

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Artis Moon Amarche

A​rtis Moon Amarche has practiced a wide range of meditation styles over the past 25. She brings to our Take Five family Yoga Nidra guided meditation & Walking Meditation.  Artis is a certified Reiki Master, certified Childbirth Educator, holds a certificate of Advanced Training from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, is a trained Yoga Nidra guide, and holds a BFA in Fine Arts​ from Corcoran College of Art + Design​.

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.

David

David

David Martin combines his skill set as a yogi, healer and sound worker to create an immersive experience in sound meditation.

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David Martin

David combines his skill set as a yogi, healer and sound worker to create an immersive experience in sound meditation designed to release students from subconscious patterning, habitual tendencies and past conditioning.  David received his 200 hour registered yoga teacher training certification and Reiki master training certification from the University of Maryland Center of Integrative Medicine in 2015.  He is now an avid daily student of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and presented by his masterful teacher, Jai Dev Singh Khalsa. 

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.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade.

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Jennifer O'Sullivan

Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first yoga training in 2004. She is one of only 20 endorsed Insight Yoga teachers worldwide. Developed by Sarah Powers, one of the most senior Yin Yoga teachers, Insight Yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yin and Yang Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology. Jennifer has also studied Yin Yoga with its founder Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer. Jennifer is a dedicated Dharma student and regularly attends practice retreats at Bhante Gunaratana’s Bhavana Society. She received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and her Dharma name, Peaceful Family of the Heart, from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. After years of primarily practicing and teaching dynamic forms of yoga, Jennifer’s interest in and appreciation for Yin Yoga blossomed after the birth of her daughter. At a time when everything in her life was changing, the emphasis on receptivity and stillness in Yin Yoga offered a much-needed balance. Jennifer deeply believes in these methods, and in her classes she shares the tools that she uses every day to maintain steadiness and equilibrium in all aspects of her life.

Klia

Klia

Klia provides both private and group sessions in mindfulness meditation and "mindfulness games".

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Klia Bassing

Klia provides both private and group sessions in mindfulness meditation and "mindfulness games". She facilitates normalizing one's own experience--be it overwhelm, confusion, anxiety, depression-- by hearing others'. Klia was originally invited to teach and be mentored by Tara Brach. Outside of Take Five, Klia has led workplace mindfulness trainings since 2005. 

Naina

Naina

Naina teaches the Kundalini yoga and meditation classes.  

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Naina Arora 

Naina teaches the Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. She has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. She was drawn to Kundalini yoga because of its effectiveness in changing the subconscious mind, strengthening the nervous system, magnetizing opportunities, and energizing the body.  

Sihnuu

Sihnuu

Sihnuu Hetep is on a mission to share the healing power of going inward with her loved ones and community.

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Sihnuu Hetep

Sihnuu Hetep a Washington D.C. native started her yoga and meditation journey in 2008 with Ausarian Master Teacher Kwesi Karamoko and took healing into her own hands after the passing of her son in 2011. Self care became an essential tool for healing and spiritual growth. She dug deep, used what she learned on the mat and applied yogic principles and meditation to her everyday life in order to remain balanced in her journey. In the following year she received her 200 hour certification in Hatha Yoga. Not too long after she was invited to train in Kemetic Yoga with Master Yirser Ra Hotep of Yoga Skills. She is well versed in Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga catering to Trauma sensitive and underserved populations. She is trained in Corepower Yoga formats including: C1 (Beginners Vinyasa), C2 (Intermediate Vinyasa), Hot Power Fusion, and Sculpt. In 2015 she took her understanding of yoga and meditation to the next level while studying for her 500 hour in Yoga Therapy and Stress Transformation. It is her mission to share the healing power going inward with her loved ones and community.

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