Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress and improve memory and concentration. Baltimore offers several centers where those wishing to achieve self-peace and awareness can do so. There are different types of meditation so you will need to shop around for the spot that suits your needs.
KMC Maryland Baltimore
2937 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 243-3837
www.facebook.com/KMC.MDAccording to the website, “Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland is a center for modern Buddhism and a member of the New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union.” The offerings include meditation classes, workshops and retreats. The hours of operation are: Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center
4801 and 4803 Yellowwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 367-7300
www.ruscombe.orgThis 501(c)3 center is unique in that it offers healthcare services, educational programs, referral services and free support groups to anyone interested, including children and teens. Services offered, according to the website include: Acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, rolfing, stress management,  herbal and flower remedies, hypnotherapy, reiki, yoga and more.

Transcendental Meditation
3701 Old Ct Rd #18
Pikesville, MD 21208
(410) 972-5000
www.tm.org/This center provides introductory classes in transcendental meditation. The techniques presented are simple and easy to follow, which allow one’s body to achieve that inner peace and relaxed state of mind. The website touts that the technique has “proven health benefits for: stress & anxiety, clarity of mind and heart health.”

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Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center
3501 St Paul St
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 243-7200
baltimore.shambhala.orgBaltimore Shambhala Meditation Center is located in central Baltimore and offers classes in contemplative arts and free meditation instruction. Their belief is that everyone possesses goodness and it must be shared with others. Call the center for public sittings or open house opportunities.

Yoga Tree
911 W 36th St
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 243-2040
yogatreebaltimore.comYoga Tree offers classes for all ability levels and interests. In addition, there are introductory classes for toddlers and parents. The classes are geared to help reduce stress while promoting inner balance of body, mind and energy. Their mission statement reads as follows:

“Yoga is not a performance, it is a practice.  As long as we are trying 100% to the best of our abilities and using 100% of the correct technique, we heal. We heal our broken bodies, doubting spirits, cloudy minds, and fearful hearts. What the posture looks like on the outside has no bearing on how much benefit we are getting on the inside. Yoga is not the subject; the student is the subject. In a culture where success is measured in performance, our goal at Yoga Tree is to use the practice of  yoga without judgment, to become happier with who we are, how we treat ourselves, and how we love our families. Improving our lives in these areas leads to happier, healthier people and communities. We promise to provide both safe and encouraging methods and environments wherein you can learn to improve your life on and off the yoga mat.”

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