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If we had to guess, we would say that you’re probably reading this on your phone. Does it ever really leave your hand? It’s questions like these that are worth asking, especially in an age where we’re overly stressed, digitally burnt out, and everyone has something to say about anxiety. But, before you think we’re getting a bit gloomy, might we suggest you learn a thing or two about focusing on yourself.
As the new year begins and we’re all looking for a new outlet for unplugging, the emergence of the new modern meditation and self-care studio in Ohio City couldn’t have been more timely.
Ben Turshen Meditation is unique to Cleveland. As a progressive interpretation of the centuries-old practice, the Detroit Ave. studio’s astroturf wall affixed with the quote “close your eyes, change your life” sets the stage for modern-day remedies to modern-day ills. The namesake proprietor, Ben Turshen, isn’t a Buddhist monk — he’s a former attorney and fitness professional who changed his own life, alleviating depression and anxiety through a regular meditation practice. Now a trained Vedic expert, and together with his wife Kait, he’s determined to making Cleveland well from the inside out.
The meditation experience, offered in one-on-one and group settings, is built around Ben’s signature Access Meditation method. Designed to be “user-friendly,” the approach de-excites the mind and allows you to completely relax. You’ll let go of any stresses or bothers and instead find purported benefits like reduced anxiety and depression, increased athletic performance and mental clarity, and just an overall sense of what it means to be you.
Expect to feel calm, cool, and collected in this meditative paradise. And when you’re not focusing on the mind with Ben, you can browse SLFMKR, an adjoining self-care shop encouraging healthy and wholesome living that’s curated by Kait Turshen. The storefront is chock-full of ethical goods ranging from non-toxic and sustainable beauty products to cruelty-free commodities like candles and charcoal soaps that can make you feel whole inside and out.
The light-filled shopfront is also a community space for events, like open group meditations from Ben to workshops with local health and wellness experts. The space is designed to open and inviting, so if you have no idea what Gua Sha is or want a recommendation on toxin-free nail polish, just ask Kait.
The Turshens chose Cleveland for its slower pace of life than the big city, and they’re committed to helping us slow down even more. When you’re ready to spend some time on yourself—far, far away from stress and the pressures of our world—seek out the safe space at 3219 Detroit Ave.
Ben Turshen Meditation is open every day for the everyday struggles of everyday Clevelanders; come learn a thing or two about chilling out.
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