Meditation

Meditation is a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion,love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term “meditation” can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.” In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices

Alex-Pierre Louis

I’ve had the fortune of living in two different countries- the first 12 years of my life in Saudi Arabia and United States where I currently live. The difference of these two countries teaches the individual tolerance, open-mind, kindness and respect which I am truly grateful for both experiences.
I recently left my job as a Property Manager to commit fully as a healer to the community. The healing modality that I use is Usui/ Holy Fire ll Reiki. Reiki is universal life healing energy that heals the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual part of the person which activates the healing energy within the person through a facilitator (myself).Reiki has many benefits and uses to treats adults, children, babies, pets and plants. If you are undergoing treatments and advice through your doctor, Reiki can work in conjunction to accelerate the healing process.
It is my personal mission to assist in your healing journey and to show my clients that anything is possible!

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Erica Robinson

Native New Yorker Erica Robinson is the founder of Asali Yoga  LLC and the creator of Asali Flow Method. Erica has had a passion for motion, mind and spirit since she was a young child. Previously trained in dance with Alvin Ailey Dance Center, and Howard University, she explored her love of movement and discovered the magnificent benefits of Yoga and Pilates. In addition to her BS in psychology from Howard University, and MA in education from Sarah Lawrence College, she received her Hatha/Vinyasa yoga certifications from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center and her Pilates Mat certification from the Kane School of Core Integration.  Erica also studied with excellent teachers at Jivamukti Yoga Center, and Kula Yoga Project in NYC. Erica taught Yoga & Pilates for the best fitness centers throughout Manhattan including Equinox and Crunch.  Erica loves finding ways to make life beautiful through various art forms including epicure and gardening, and hosts blissful and rejuvenating yoga retreats.  She also has an aromatics company, Asali Aromatics, which offers delightful artisan honey soaps & body oils with nature’s aromatics. Only using natural ingredients, premium essential oils & absolutes while omitting all synthetics, the line is dedicated to sustainable methods.

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Janine Narayadu

Owner, R.M.P., N.C.T.M.B Born in South Africa, and with many years of International Massage Therapy experience, Janine studied Massage in Austria & Germanty. Her bodywork is attentive and precise. Janine is a Maryland State Registered massage Practioner, Licensed with the National Board of Massage Therapy Practioners & also a member of AMTA. Ha started Massage Metta in Bethesda, MD late last year with the intention of providing a bodywork session that will meet the needs of Stay at Home Moms to Weekend Warriors & Professional Athletes alike. She truly practices the Metta Philosophy by treating all beings with Loving Kindness. Janine lives in Potomac Maryland with her husband & their lazy dogs, Chowka & Tequila.

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