In this day and age filled with technology, environmental toxins, junk lightning, emfs and many more body and mood shifting elements and toxins we could all use a bit more meditation and balance in our lives.
Meditation can’t promise to heal us from these lifestyle factors but it certainly can lighten the load and bring some much-needed peace and stillness to our body, mind, and life.
In our busy schedules, it can be hard to find the time, space and motivation. NYC is at the forefront of this wellness evolution with so many amazing businesses emerging in the meditation space. Here is our pick of the top 5 places to switch off, be still and reconnect with oneself.
1. Mndfl Meditation
MNDFL exists to enable humans to feel good. Their intention was to create an optimal environment for meditation and relaxation and when you walk through their doors, you’re going to see and feel that immediately. Mndfl Meditation studios are meant to feel like home. Or, at least, the spacious home you’d love to have in New York.
Mndfl has three studio locations in New York; Williamsburg, Greenwich Village and Upper East Side.
Classes are 30, 45 and 60 minutes, and start at $10.
When classes are not in session, the studio is open for self-guided practice. Mndfl has created a space for both new and experienced practitioners.
Whether you’re just learning to meditate or you’ve been practicing for years, 2. Inscape’s audio guided meditation sessions can help you relieve stress and anxiety.
Sessions are audio guided to create consistency in your meditation practice and transition your practice seamlessly between studio and app. A consistent voice enables you to turn your attention inward and focus on your personal meditation experience. Consistency is the key to developing a regular habit. Trained meditation facilitators are available to help you get started, answer questions, and talk through any emotions that come up during your session.
Sessions start at $28
3. Shambhala Meditation Center
For over 40 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center has offered New Yorkers the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through mindfulness meditation. Their mission is to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation.
With many classes and gatherings available, a wonderful offering is their drop-in, by-donation public meditation class. This silent, sitting meditation is typically hosted by a timekeeper and is interspersed with brief periods of walking meditation.
For many more classes, programs and prices check out their website.
4. Woom Center
Woom Center offers two unique sound meditation classes, Woom Spatial Sound and Woom Gong.
Woom Spatial Sound Meditation explores the different acoustic and electro-acoustic layers and textures of sound and its property in space—how we perceive and locate vibrations that build and shape our reality and understanding of presence. Traditional sound meditation instruments will be used in concert with WOOM’s bespoke 16.4 spatial sound system.
Woom Gong can facilitate a deep state of relaxation, contribute to the balance of the glandular and nervous systems, improve quality of sleep, circulation and the ability to cope with stress. WOOM Gong is a cleansing process for the subconscious mind, an opportunity to immerse in the rich overtones of this ancient instrument, which work on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
Both sound meditations offer a truly unique experience.
Classes start at $25
5. Modrn Sanctuary
Meditation made magical! Somadome and Modrn Sanctuary have teamed up to provide clients with unique experiences that can free the mind, relieve the body, and bring us back to oneness.
Somadome isn’t a nap pod. It’s a dome that creatively combined light therapy, binaural beats and meditations to produce several unique sessions aligned with what your intention is. Once loaded into the dome, clients experience deep relaxation, the free-flow of energy, a place for their mind to solve problems, quiet down, or release stress. In fact, many people have experience the sensation of flying.
20 Minutes could change your life.