As a co-founder of Australia’s first multi-disciplinary drop-in meditation studio, A-Space in Melbourne, Manoj Dias embodies wellness everyday. Having learned from many of the great spiritual leaders of our time, Manoj hopes his studio and teachings will help others to ‘trade mania for pause’, and work towards wellness within for a more meaningful life.
You have an incredible concept with the A-Space offering. Can you tell us how this came about?
Like most stories worth telling, mine was unexpected. Since meeting co-founder Josh Lynch, about a year and a half ago, together we’ve been running meditation and mindfulness workshops and programs, then we decided (with no money) at the end of last year to open up Australia’s first multi-disciplinary meditation studio.
There were a variety of driving forces behind opening the studio, but we really wanted to see if we could answer this question:
Can you slow down, be calm and stay connected in a fast-paced city like Melbourne?
We know personally, anecdotally and through research that meditation and mindfulness, as practices, can help us slow down and stay calm, so providing a space for people to practice is important. But we also know the power of a like-minded and hearted community. And that’s what we want to create and nurture here: A community full of present and compassionate people that just so happen to meditate.
What do you hope that your clients take away from their time at A-space?
There are obvious things like a sense of calm and clarity — a feeling that they’re ready to take on their day or that they’ve been able to let go of it. But ultimately we want people to feel as though they’re more connected with themselves and the world around them. It just so happens that meditating regularly and being part of a community are great ways to experience this.
How important do you think food & diet are to overall well-being?
Incredibly important. You only have to look at the research exploring the relationship between our guts and emotions to see that the food we eat will have a direct impact on our state of well-being.
We know you are a big fan of the Turmeric Latte, are there any other specialties that you enjoy to keep your body Zen?
We try and balance our insatiable sweet tooths with drinks such as kombucha and a variety of herbal teas.
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