The List: 8 Places to Find Your Zen in Columbus
Meditation can seem overwhelming and intimidating to the uninitiated. Sit. Close your eyes. Do…nothing. Think about…nothing. Learning how to connect your mind and body and how to become more mindful of your present state, though, can have positive, lasting effects. From decreased blood pressure, stress reduction and lower cholesterol levels to improved mood and sharper focus, the benefits of meditation are undeniable.
There are several venues throughout Columbus that offer group meditation sessions for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. If finding your Zen is one of your 2016 resolutions, here are a few local spots to help you get started.
Yoga-Well-Being Movement Arts – To help new practitioners get the hang of meditating, Yoga-Well-Being offers a monthly meditation workshop on the last Sunday of each month. The workshops cover the basics of meditation, as well as a different form of meditation each month, from mantra recitation to walking meditation and sound meditation. Workshops are held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 1890 Northwest Boulevard, Suite 340. For more information, visit yoga-well-being.net.
Buddhist Bodi Association of Columbus – BBAC opened its doors in 1991 and is the city’s premier destination for people who want to practice and discuss Buddhism. The association offers meditation retreats and seminars throughout the year, as well as weekly meditation sessions at its 5208 Dierker Road location. Meditation sessions are open to the public from 10:05 to 10:50 a.m. each Saturday. For more information, visit www.columbusbuddhist.org.
Yoga on High – The Short North yoga studio at 1081 North High Street offers a beginner meditation class that explores different meditation practices used to connect the body and mind. Each class includes a discussion, lecture and time to practice. Classes are currently offered each Saturday at 8 a.m. For more information, visit yogaonhigh.com.
Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus – With a focus on wakeful intelligence, the Shambhala Meditation Center at 4495 Indianola Avenue provides an open meditation space, meditation instruction for beginners and weekend programs for those who want to delve deeper into contemplative practices. Open-sitting meditation is available from 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday. Qualified meditation instructors are available to help you get centered during those times. For more information, visit columbus.shambhala.org.
Narasiharama Buddhist Center of Ohio – The practice of Theravada Buddhism focuses on the earliest teachings of Buddha, including leading a moral life, being mindful and aware of thoughts and actions and developing wisdom and understanding. The Narasiharama center, located at 1005 King Avenue, provides resources on Theravada Buddhism, as well as a Sunday meditation session and book discussion from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every week. For more information, visit www.narasiharama.org.
Mind|Body|Spirit Academy – This beginner meditation class is non-denominational and helps practitioners learn to explore and develop their own mindfulness. Each class includes a grounding exercise, 30 minutes of instruction, 24 minutes of guided meditation and sharing about the meditation experience. The academy is located at 885 North High Street in Worthington and class is held most Mondays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit mindbodyspiritacademy.org.
Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling – This Tibetan Buddhist meditation center hosts events, programs and classes throughout the year. An introduction to meditation class is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. 231 South Grubb Street, and includes a brief introduction to the mission and activities of the KTC, a short meditation lesson, a short meditation practice and a question period. For more information, visit www.columbusktc.org.
Zen Columbus Sangha – The Zen Columbus community practices sitting meditation, or zazen, twice a week at the First Unitarian Universalist Church located at 93 West Weisheimer Road. Cushions and chairs are available for use and an orientation is held twice a month for beginners. Weekly group meditation is held every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit zencolumbus.org.
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