Alyssa Dougherty is a Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, certified through the McLean Meditation Institute.
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 (17), and daughter Talia (12). 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.
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.
Settle the mind using concentration techniques, then trust yourself to open...to the simplicity of effortless being-ness.
Crystal Bowls shift you easily to that “meditation state” assisting in finding inner peace and balance with less effort as you are guided by the sound. Listening to the pure vibrant tone of the Crystal bowl, we access both clarity and stillness bringing rejuvenation and cleansing to the mind and body. Specifically selected tones are used to bring the body into harmony on all levels.
Learn to drop out of the busy-ness of the mind to inhabit the wisdom and aliveness of the body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is said that ALL sounds are contained within the ancient and mysterious Gong. Surrendering to the sounds of the Gong offers a vibrational massage for the body, mind and soul. Deeply nourishing, restoring and cleansing, a Gong Bath has the power to completely refresh you and reset the entire nervous system for better wellness, sleep and clarity.
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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!
Taoist philosophy and the Chinese Meridian System are the keystones of Yin Yoga, which is especially effective for nourishing and invigorating life force energy, called Qi (pronounced chi). Sometimes referred to as “the spark in the machine,” Qi animates the body while also providing the material basis for the body itself. Qi flows within channels that run throughout the body called meridians, which are believed to reside in the body’s ubiquitous connective tissue. As with acupuncture and acupressure, the meridians (and the Qi that flows through them) can be manipulated by the floor-based Yin Yoga postures. Through this gentle form of “exercise,” we can balance the energy system and improve our sense of vitality and wellness. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the insights and wisdom of Taoism and the Chinese Meridian System to assess your current physical, energetic, emotional and mental wellbeing and design Yin Yoga practices that address your unique needs. Each participant will receive an illustrated Guide to Chinese Meridians and Yin Yoga that includes sample practices for each of the primary meridian pairs. This workshop is open to anyone with some yoga experience. CEUs are available. Signup via the "schedule" on this site.
Alyssa Dougherty is a Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, certified through the McLean Meditation Institute.
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