Sahanavavatu, Sahanaubhunaktu, Sahaviryam Karavavahai, Tejasvinavateetamasthu, Ma vidvishavahai,
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih"
OM, May we be protected, together.
May we be nourished, together.
May we progress with vigor, together.
May the fire of knowledge be kindled in Us.
May we never be in conflict. OM Peace Peace Peace.
- Taittiriya Upanishad, 600 BCE
Breathe Meditation is a nourishing space to explore the rhythm, stillness and meditative power of your breath. There are as many ways to meditate as there are beings. Find one that suits you.
YOUR BREATH, YOUR EXPERIENCE
“The breathing had an effect of quieting my mind so that I could see or sense the general attitude and emotion that was coloring my awareness of the present moment.”
Randy Chugh, Washington D.C.
Breathe Meditation classes help you relax, slow down and find concentration, ease and balance through the simple act of deep, controlled breathing. The intimate connection between breathing and regions of the brain that control attention, sleep and stress regulation means that loving attention to your breath can make it easier to manage your mind and emotions. Each class ultimately helps guide you to a regular, fun, home practice, which once established, serves as your own nurturing space for self-care, creativity and insight.
Individual classes are by appoinment and will be led by Mahalakshmi Mahadevan, who has completed a 100-hour Raja Yoga training specialising in Meditation & allied Philosophy at Haven-on-the-Lake in Columbia, MD. Mahalakshmi has a regular Kriya Yoga Practice, which she recevied from Indian spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist, Sri M.
WHY "BREATHE" IS A MISSION
Breathe Meditation was founded in January 2020 in Washington D.C., in order to cultivate the breath not just as a powerful tool for calm amidst chaos, but as the most effective catalyst for deep meditation.
Just months later, the world was reeling under the onslaught of a pandemic, which is re-orienting the very paradigm of our lives, and compelling us to prioritize space and peace within our inner landscape.
The practices offered here are a timely and modest attempt to support and foster concentration, meditation and peace in our communities, using the one tool that is powerful, supremely nurturing and always available - our breath, our life-force, our Prana. Our breath is that which connects us with our life force energy, Prana, which in turn controls the mind and indeed the entire cosmos. By balancing our breath, we bring our life-force energy Prana, and thereby the mind into a state of balance and equilibrium, endowing us with equanimity. Explained variously in Sanskrit as sthitha prajna and sarvathra sama buddhaya, equanimity is considered the supreme quality of a yogi.
Breathe Meditation is rooted in the infinite love, discipline, devotion and dedication (maha-tapas) with which the sacred knowledge (atma-vidya) of Pranayama has been cultivated and transmitted over millenia by the various lineages of teachers from the Indian sub-continent. The practices offered are infused with the organic flow of mindfulness approaches, my own personal practice of Kriya Yoga and inspired by insights from the field of contemplative neurosciences.
- Mahalakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Founding Member.