Sunday 05/07/2023 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
$30.00 The Middle Way Tea Experience
Join us in our hosting of the Middle Way Tea Experience - an introduction to Mindfulness, in conjunction with Crossroads Teahouse on their Washington, DC Tour. The Middle Way Tea Experience begins with a 31-minute Meditation followed by a Curated Tea, Herbal, and Food Tasting Menu. Think afternoon tea mixed in with a tea ceremony and steeped in an American melting pot with different herbs and spices worldwide.
Part I - Meditation The mindfulness starts but doesn't end with the meditation portion! Beginning with a kundalini meditation allows each person to start to center and ground themselves back to their breath. As we do this, we give attention to ourselves and what our body, mind, and spirit tell us. Here, we allow ourselves to stay still and take up space in this bustling, complex, and often constantly moving city and world we live in. Towards the end, we continue to be present and transition to the second part of the experience; the tea and food. However, we purposely remain in a mindful state while we smell, sip, and drink the tea and intentionally consume the food!
Part II - Tea, Herbal, and Food Tasting Menu The second part can be ventured alone or with the group. Although light banter is allowed, we suggest any communication between participants pertains to the meditation, tea/herbs, or the food focused on what is happening here now. We sample 3 teas with our tasting menu. First, we enjoy a cup of chamomile, lemon grass, and ginger tea blend. Then, we receive our second blend, a rooibos tea blend, along with our food items. We indulge one bit at a time, capturing each smell and allowing each taste bud to be encountered. Finally, we come to our last cup of tea, a blend of spearmint and peppermint. To conclude, we notice how we feel and the journey we just went on. We acknowledge ourselves and take a mental note of this space and that these feelings are always accessible when needed. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions; we will make menu adjustments for you. Also, please, let us know if you have any allergies to the types of teas/herbs; we will be using chamomile, lemongrass, ginger, rooibos, spearmint, and peppermint - we will replace a blend for you.
Nandi Gabremedhin - Kundalini Yoga Instructor at Lighthouse Yoga Center, will host the meditation to render a calm, intuitive, self-blessing to prepare us for the tea and food tasting experience. Before we begin our meditation, we will tune in, in the kundalini tradition, with the Adi Mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo three times in a monotone. Then we will begin with the beautiful Kirtan Kriya meditation to honor the spring season's rebirth and the newness within us all. See meditation here:
Max Hernandez Crossroads Teahouse; Crossroads Teahouse was founded in Washington, DC, by Max Hernandez to share a vision based on the appreciation of tea and tea culture. After a couple of days of returning to the office in late 2021, Max Hernandez decided to quit his desk job before the new year, knowing he would pursue his own business. His value proposition with Crossroads Teahouse is to create curated tea experiences that utilize time and space as a foundation for personal health wellness considering mind, body, and spirit. Max has developed this experience after years of experience working in hospitality, including yoga studios, cafes, and hotels, and being a world traveler (15+ countries) soaking up the world's many cultures.
Director Of Kundalini Programing
Nandi Gabremedhin is a two time graduate of Lighthouse Yoga Center’s Teacher Training Programs, first earning a 220-hour KRI Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor certificate in 2018 with Sada Sat Kaur & Julie Eisenberg, and then a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Instructor certificate in 2021 with Tara Lemerise, Abby Dobbs, and others.
Nandi’s first yoga class was more than 12 years ago and she felt an instant shift. Nandi practiced Rocket Yoga with Ahmed Jabali for two years. With continuous practice she found it brought awareness and self confidence, and a better connection with others thru a more divine energetic space. Making a decision to become a teacher Nandi has continued advanced trainings in Kundalini Level 2 courses, White Tantric Meditations and Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman holistic health and spiritual divine healing program.
Nandi enjoys creating energetic fun classes and workshops that incorporate a holistic focus of mind, body and spirit. Nandi’s offerings feel good and are suitable for most if not all students. You may also experience a Hatha/Kundalini hybrid which may include a little flow, kriya and meditation. Nandi’s classes facilitate experiences for individuals to find their own power, overcome personal challenges, gain introspection by uncovering the divine energy within!