Meditation & Mindfulness

Hello! I am the owner of Dhanya Wellness. I was first introduced to meditation as a young child and began formal studies in spirituality, yoga, and meditation in 2004 at The Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania. Along with being trained in Buddhist mindfulness practice, I am also a certified meditation teacher from The Mindfulness Center at Bethesda in DC. Since 2016 I have further explored meditation extensively with Dr. Tara Brach and have worked with people to treat stress, fear, anxiety, anger, depression, grief and trauma.

I use various meditation techniques, along with pranayama and relaxation to help people discover the immense compassion and love in them which brings forth patience, insight, clarity, dissociation from thoughts and feelings, leading to awareness, contentment, and well-being.

Dhanya Wellness works to promote emotional healing and encourage people to develop a healthy lifestyle by teaching them how to awaken awareness, compassion, and wisdom through the practice of Mindfulness and Meditation.

For the most part, our mind is engaged in a continuous internal dialogue where the meaning and emotional associations of one thought triggers the next. All day long our mind spins stories ranging from our home to workplace and everything in between. Quite often we are not even conscious of the internal dialogue unfolding in our mind and yet it is the greatest source of stress in our lives.

As research has established, the mind has a negativity bias, a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones.

Meditation is one of the best tools we have to counter the brain’s negativity bias, release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. Having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including decreasing blood pressure and hypertension, lowering cholesterol levels, reducing production of “stress hormones”, efficient use of oxygen, improving immune function, improvinng memory and attention, changing bad habits, and decreasing anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Services include specific breathing techniques, relaxation practices and guided meditations to –

  • Address frustration, stress, anger, fear, anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, chronic pain, diabetes, blood pressure, hypertension, insomnia, and strengthen immune system.
  • Improve memory and attention and develop clarity of mind.
  • Cultivate forgiveness, positive attitude and change bad habits.
  • Meditation sessions offered to anyone interested in simply developing a practice, and to those who want to deepen their practice.

Pallavi uses her training to:

  • To listen actively with respect and compassion.
  • To provide skills necessary to cultivate a Mindfulness practice that helps develop clarity of mind and empowers clients to recognize their strength and abilities.
  • To incorporate breathing and relaxation techniques, along with meditation practices to strengthen resilience and develop emotional well-being.
  • To integrate a nonjudgmental attitude that helps develop compassion and loving-kindness towards oneself and others by systematically leading clients to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment.
  • To use meditation techniques to help clients contemplate on their thoughts, understand their unhealthy thought patterns and create new, positive ones that allow for healthier functioning.
  • To welcome new participants to Mindfulness & Meditation and guide those who want to deepen their practice.

*Dhanya Wellness is a separate business entity that is located inside of Family Solutions and Wellness Center.

Our mind connects us with the world outside. As we interact with the outside world, thoughts arise from our mind giving rise to feelings and emotions. Thoughts are just thoughts, an expression of the mind’s wandering habits and not facts. Instead of breathing life into them, we learn to focus our attention on an anchor, like the breath and learn to witness the thoughts with a sense of non-attachment and non-involvement. As we learn to make our mind still, we will find our true self, shining beneath.

Meditation gives you what nothing else can give you: it introduces you to yourself.

Swami Rama

In meditation, we get to know our “self” by turning our attention inward and maintaining our focus. By focusing and being aware of the sensations of the breath in the nostrils, we learn to relax the mind. With practice, meditation purifies and harmonizes the mind, gives us direct strength from within and creates an awareness of self. At the heart of meditation practice are two inseparable skills- concentration and mindfulness which together create a clear and one-pointed mind.

Concentration includes the practice of stillness, breath focus, and relaxation. Physical stillness brings our attention to the sensations of the body, attention on breathing narrows the focus to the flow of breath, and relaxation techniques further refine focus by merging awareness of body and breath into an experience of internal wholeness.

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment on purpose, without judgment. By repeatedly practicing to be in the present moment without judging, one develops an awareness of the bigger picture that leads to clarity and discrimination. The past is gone, and the future is yet to arrive. The present moment is the only moment any of us have for understanding, learning, growing, and healing. Mindfulness helps us recognize the distractions that arise in the mind, observe, and allow the distractions to pass without reacting.

By learning techniques to recognize thoughts and feelings, investigating them and gradually developing a sense of non-identification with them, we learn to overcome frustration, stress, anxiety, fear, grief, trauma, depression, manage chronic pain, diabetes and insomnia. We develop a positive attitude, change bad habits and include acceptance, forgiveness and compassion towards oneself and others.

  • Initial consultation – 15 minutes – free
  • Individual session – – $85
    • Package – 5 sessions – $400
  • Couple/ Group – (1 hour) – $150 (75*2)
    • Package – 5 sessions – $750 (150*5)
  • Group meditation – $20 per person