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RELAX & RECHARGE: NEW YORK CITY’S MUST-VISIT MEDITATION STUDIOS

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GABRIELLE KASSEL

JUL 14, 2020

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In a city as busy as New York, it can be hard to find enough serenity and stillness to keep sane. So it's no wonder that busy young professionals are adding a new wellness practice to their routine of getting sweetgreen, hitting up hip-hop yoga, and kombucha happy hour: meditation.

Thankfully, there are plenty of meditation studios in NYC to help you find the calm you've been looking for.

Founded by author and meditation teacher Ethan Nichtern, The Interdependence Project offers Buddhist studies courses and meditation classes. With a personalized, student-teacher kind of approach, these classes are great for people who want to learn more about meditation before diving right into the practice itself. Fitt tip: If you’re new to the whole meditation thing, make sure to sign up for their “Mindfulness Plus” workshop, which will answer any lingering concerns or questions you may have.

The Path is the modern pop-up meditation group you've been looking for. It’s 50% meditation session and 50% networking group for creatives in the city. The venues rotate but have included places like private rooftop terraces with killer views, the W Hotel, and The Montauk Beach House in the past. They aim to make everyone feel welcome — their tagline, “come sit with us,” is a far cry from everyone’s favorite Mean Girls line. So reserve a cushion, and prepare for some zen.

Tried and true, there are tons of options at this studio, from long-term spiritual study programs to 30-minute lunchtime meditation sessions. Their main center is in Chelsea, but they rent out space in Brooklyn and Queens so that you can get in on the chill no matter where you are. For first-timers, we recommend going to the Chelsea location and getting acquainted with the eight-foot statue of Buddha that glows at the center of the room. Fitt tip: It only costs $5.00 for a lunch time spot, so swap your midday cup of joe with some dharma.

Head over to MoMa on the first Wednesday of every month for a morning of art and meditation before the hordes of tourists take over around 10am. After a guided meditation in the sculpture garden at 8:30am, you’ll be ready to go about your day feeling refreshed and relaxed. This is also a great opportunity to see some of your favorite works without all the crowds. Enjoy the serenity of being surrounded by Claude Monet’s monumental Water Lilies, find space for personal reflection in the minimalist canvases of Agnes Martin, or see the sublime in the colors of Mark Rothko.

MNDFL (pronounced “mindful”) is Manhattan’s hot spot for New Yorkers in the UES and Greenwich Village who’ve always thought about trying meditation but haven’t known where to start. The studio takes the stress out of starting a new practice by keeping it low on spirituality and time commitment. Plus, there are a few different practices to choose from: one that focuses on breath, another on sleep, and an additional session concentrated on just listening. If after one class you want to make it a lifestyle, MNDFL makes it easy — take a seat in the a complimentary tea section and hang in the impressive and modern entryway before and after class, or linger at the retail section with ultra-zen groceries, apparel, and their favorite meditation books and apothecary items. Seriously, this studio knows what they’re doing. Oh, and first time classes are only $10!

Inscape is both a meditation app and and a Flatiron studio. The space almost feels like it's an art gallery with its chic, sprawling design reminiscent of outer space. Inside are couches, beanbag chairs, and two dome-shaped meditation rooms where purple, pink, and orange lighting is projected onto the walls. Even with all the showy décor, if you’re looking for a place to get calm and grounded, this is it. And if you love it so much that you never want to leave, we don’t blame you. They offer a monthly membership, the perks of which include unlimited meditation, access to members-only areas, and the ability to come and use the space as you please.

This Chelsea space offers yoga, meditation, wellness courses, and more in a studio that is as luxury and high-end as they come. Here, you can try out Reiki, acupuncture, Ayurveda, physical therapy, or just some good ol’ meditation with the pros. And while you’re there, check out out what earned the studio its bragging rights: the Quantum Resonance Crystal Light Bed. Yes, really. Here’s how the bed works: you lie on a warm, vibrating infrared pad while rainbow quartz crystals direct healing energy into your body.

What happens when a former SoulCycle instructor (Ben Turshen) opens his own meditation center in the Flatiron District? Something totally spiritual. The focus here are courses that teach the art of Vedic Meditation and provide support to those who have committed to a Vedic practice. It may sound intimidating to beginners, but basically, Vedic meditation is designed for people living busy lives (as opposed to types of meditation designed for monks in the mountaintops). Many of his students work in demanding industries like finance and claim that Vedic meditation has helped them sleep more, focus better, and react to stressful situations much more calmly.

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