Takoma Park resident Tom Forham, leader of weekly community meditation sessions. Photo by Bill Brown.
BY REBECCA GALLERY
There is a quiet stillness in the air weekend mornings in Takoma Park. A community meditation session is hosted by Willow Street Yoga at 6930 Carroll Ave.
From 8 to 8:45 a.m. every Saturday Tom Forhan leads the sessions to bring calmness and balance into participants everyday lives.
There are typically five to twelve participants joining the community meditation sessions. The sessions are supported by a donation basis with no set amount required to attend. “There is a basket by the door, people simply leave what they feel they can. Forham and Willow Street owners Natalie and Joe Miller wanted to offer this format “because it makes mediation more accessible to people on a budget and frees them from long term commitment, like having to buy a series of classes. People can just drop in when they like, and leave what they like. Meditation is for everyone.” says Forhan.
There is no sign up or reservation required with plenty of space available to make the meditation sessions easy and accessible. Willow Street Yoga provides everything one could need for the session, mats, blankets, props and chairs are all at hand.
Forhan states “I started hosting the community mediation sessions in the late spring this year. In the past I’ve always included some degree of meditation in my yoga classes, as well as taught classes and workshops involving more advanced meditation techniques.”
Forham in his home meditation space. Photo by Bill Brown.
Tom Forhan has been teaching regularly for over two years and has received his Yoga Alliance 200 hour and 500 hour certifications.
If you are curious about reducing stress and improving your physical and mental health through meditation sessions, drop by Willow Street Yoga on a Saturday morning and see for yourself the benefits of community meditation.