Meditation can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve focus and better your life. The practice connects mind, body and soul. It’s also been known to help quiet the mind, rest the body and improve thought process. The prehistoric practice consists of repetitive, rhythmic chants called mantras while quieting your mind. First recognized during the 1500 BC era, as of today it continues to have a strong following.
Shambhala Meditation
447 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 370-9650
www.atlanta.shambhala.org

The Shambhala Meditation center is a great place to develop and practice commonly used mediation techniques. The facility teaches students how to mediate, connect with community and develop mindful-awareness and compassion.  Instructions include equipping students with tools to help discover the greater confidence, wisdom and joy in day-to day-life. There are different classes as well as time slots so make sure to visit the webpage additional information.

Atlanta Soto Zen Center
1167 Zonolite Place, N.E. Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30306
(864) 497-6877
www.aszc.org

The Atlanta Soto Zen Center was founded in 1977 as of today it’s one of the larger non-residential Zen centers in the country.  Full schedules include morning and evening classes along with meditation instructions for beginners and advanced. The facility offers monthly all-day settings and occasional week-long retreats. The Zonolife Place is a beautiful facility with several opportunities to begin or evolve your practice. Under the center’s roof diverse, complex and simple mediation processes can be enjoyed. Classes are available for people of all ages and levels. It’s best to visit the website to see if this is a place for you.

Atlanta Transcendental Meditation
455 East Paces Ferry Road, Suite 210
Buckhead, GA 30305
(404) 909-5007
www.tm.org

Transcendental Meditation came to the West in 1959 by a Yogi named Maharishi Mahesh. The ancient technique is easy to learn and fun to do. It’s not a religion or philosophy or lifestyle. It’s a universal practice sought to help people of all ages, cultures and religions. The simple practice consists of natural techniques like sitting comfortably with your eyes closed for 20 minutes, twice a day. Actors like Huge Jackman, Ellen Degenerous and other celebrities  testimonials with regard to the positive results developed from the practice. Visit the website to get additional information, including videos.

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Georgia Medication Circle
Norcross Community Center
10 College Street, N.W.
Norcross, GA 30071
www.meditationcircle.org

The focus at the Georgia Medication Circle is centered around spiritual awareness and meditation.  Their philosophy is based upon happiness being achieved by understanding and transforming the mind. Comparing the mind as the ocean and emotions such as happiness, irritation, fantasies and boredom are the waves that rise and fall on the surface. Encompassing the idea that just like waves subside to reveal stillness so can the mind. Lessons teach it’s possible to calm the turbulence of our mind and reveal a natural clarity but tin order to do this mediation is key. The ability to control the mind is the true key to mediation.

Kashi Atlanta Urban Yoga Ashram
1681 McLendon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 687-3353
www.kashiatlanta.org

The heart of Kashi’s vision is yoga, service and a loving spiritual community. Varieties of practices help nourish the mind and spirit by creating a caring, safe environment that encourages healing and growth. Originally founded in the late 90s, Kashi Atlanta is an extension of Kashi Ashram with other locations in Sebastian, Florida and big cities like Los Angeles and New York. Make sure to visit the Atlanta website to get additional information because there’s lots to choose from.

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