FLUSHING (WJRT) - There is an overwhelming sense of calm when you walk into Avi Om Studio. It starts with the the aroma, the music and every little thing there that is designed to help you relax.
It's a meditation studio. The practice is something co-owner Avianna Castro discovered after going through a difficult ordeal in her twenties.
"It's been completely life changing," Castro said.
Years after a traumatic accident, Castro decided to research and study meditation.
"As I did, I started practicing it consistently and daily and interestingly enough, all of the things my surgeons told me I couldn't do I began doing," Castro said.
She has many titles but meditation teacher is one her clients have come to appreciate most. They travel sometimes hours to simply meditate and connect with one another. Sunday night at 6 p.m. is the big gathering day.
"People are driving long distances because they're not finding many of these floating around here which is great," Castro said.
Castro and her husband opened the business on Main Street in Flushing in January 2019. They've stayed quiet while moving in but thy are ready to get the word out.
There is crystal-infused water, a rare chakra bed, quotes and affirmations sprinkled all around in the cozy Main Street space. The perfect place to relax and exercise your mind at the same time.
Not to be overlooked, certified therapy dog Gracie and cat Shiva will meditate with you, too.
"You just sit, and you bring your awareness to your breath or a mantra or a guided visualization...and you have a thought," Castro said. "And the misconception is that 'I have a thousand thoughts, so I must not be doing it right.' But when you have a thought, you recognize that you have a thought, and then you bring it back to your practice."
People as young as none and into their 70s participate.
Castro hopes that what she found with meditation, you can find as well, no matter what you're facing.
"I actually fell very much victim to my accident for quite some time, but when we have a shift in mindset which I also like call a soul set, then we can actually shift those energies and become the grandest version of ourselves," Castro said.
Sessions start at $10. Visit Avi Om Studio on Facebook for more information.