We are located within lobby level – Suite 130 – of the historic Suntrust Building at 1445 New York Ave NW steps from the White House. Proceed through the main entrance, walk past the guard desk, and make a quick turn to your left. There we are!
There is no dress code. Come as you are or however you are most comfortable. Our sessions are not physically intensive, so most any attire is appropriate.
Just your ID to show the front desk when your arrive.
We ask that you call us to let us know you are on the way. The front desk will hold your spot in the class for up to 5 minutes after class begins. Participants who are more than 5 minutes late may not be admitted into class if it is too disruptive.
If you’re planning on leaving early, we kindly request that you tell your meditation instructor ahead of time and sit in the back of the studio.
Yes, recharj® has gone to great length to make sure the facility is cleaned each day; all meditation cushions and nappers have a washable removable fabric covering. All other supplies, such as blankets, eyemasks, and headphones are cleaned and replaced routinely.
Meditation is a practice that settles the mind and body. Meditation is the practice of becoming aware of having a thought, and then gently and without judgment, coming back to a point of focus (breath, body awareness, mantra, etc.), repeatedly, and without judgment. Jon Kabat-Zinn uses the metaphor of the surface of the ocean as a way of understanding meditation. “On the ocean, the waves never stop. Meditation practice is not intended to stop the waves so that the water becomes peaceful or tranquil. Meditation practice will help you ‘keep your balance’ as you ride the waves.”
Exercising your mind is no less important than exercising your body. The long-term goal is to meditate 20 minutes twice a day. A 20-minute investment in your mind will pay great dividends in enhanced productivity, decision-making, and focus.
You can start with just 5 minutes. The daily discipline is more important than the duration when first meditating. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide options for your practice. Our program is geared towards the business professional with limited free time. That’s why our guided meditations are effective 30-minute power sessions.
Our breath and sound classes are a good place to start for beginners. Our instructors will help guide you along as you develop your meditation practice.
recharj® strives to make meditation accessible to everyone. With that in mind, we have chairs, yogibos, and two types of cushions (zafus and zabutons) for you to choose from. If you are concerned about being comfortable during the session, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss further options.
You may be sitting there frustrated that your mind is constantly wandering and you feel restless in your seat, while the others around you seem to be in a constant state of bliss. If the meaning of life hasn’t come to you within your first session, do not worry! This initial effort is completely natural, it is the human condition.
There is no wrong way to meditate. Similar to building a muscle, exercising your mind takes practice. If you take the stairs and notice your heart starts to beat faster and maybe your legs start to burn, we wouldn’t say that we must be taking the stairs wrong. We say that this is what taking the stairs feels like; and if we always take the elevator in order to save time and avoid discomfort we just missed opportunities for developing our physical health. Mindfulness works the same way.
Do not miss an opportunity to change your relationship with discomfort. Focus and compassion will come, just be patient and persistent; you will start discovering progress in the little things throughout your day as your practice develops.
That’s okay. Getting comfortable is part of the process Here, we just ask you to mindfully reposition yourself. Thinking is natural in meditation. In fact, the practice is noticing what you’re thinking, being aware of what you’re thinking, and then redirecting your focus to a single focal point that your teacher will guide you to. Think of it like jumping jacks for your brain. The more you do this the more you will actually strengthen and grow your brain.
Meditation is known to alter the landscape of the brain – called neuroplasticity. According to a Harvard Study, an 8-week mindfulness meditation program creates measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. The study proved some specific benefits to include:
- Increase focus, learning, and memory
- Become more emotionally fluent and emotionally aware
- Decrease stress hormones, in particular, the ones responsible for fight or flight
Additional benefits of meditation include:
- Feeling more responsive and less reactive
- Sleeping better
- Feeling more connected to yourself and those around you
- Improved focus and discernment when navigating stressful situations
And here’s what the Huffington Post has to say on the subject.
A big hurdle for many people looking to create a meditation practice is finding the time or the physical space in which to meditate. There is no such thing as one size fits all. Our guided program is designed to give you a foundation regarding your time and space, so you set yourself up for future meditation success. We also offer the option for private one on one session to tailor a program to your needs.
A Yogibo! Yogibo is new age bean bag furniture. No other single piece of furniture conforms to your body the way a Yogibo does. Yogibos are durable, comfortable, light-weight and versatile for your ideal napping position. Your power nap cocoon will come with the ultimate 6-foot Yogibo Max, a full-body support pillow, and a throw pillow with a special message for you! Also included is a soft, clean blanket to keep you cozy and warm and a scented eye mask.
Napping isn’t the same as sleeping. To get the benefit of a refreshing power nap, you don’t need to fall asleep. It’s enough to relax yourself and let your thoughts drift off, even while remaining mostly awake. If you can do this properly (it does take some practice), you can power nap even if you find it impossible to fall asleep quickly.
recharj® offers 25-minute sessions, because the power nap is the most effective means of rebooting your brain. If you choose to nap for longer, feel free to purchase our “back-to-back power nap” option under Pricing > Bundles. While you will still benefit, napping for long periods of time (> 60 minutes) may leave you feeling drowsy and disrupt your natural circadian rhythm.
Each space is dedicated for a single individual. If you are a party of two or more, you can select your individual spaces as you schedule and reserve your time.
Yes, each space is fully separated by artistic, opaque, and sound-adsorbing drapery.
recharj®’s sound system produces deep sleep sound, music, and white noise to drown out any noise pollution from within or outside the space. Ear plugs offered upon request.
recharj® utilizes light therapy to induce sleep during the nap and to gradually awaken you at the end of each session.