Meditate Like You Mean It
Don’t get it twisted — we love fall! Cooler temps, cozy new sweaters, and yes, PSL (don't @ us, they're delicious even if they're overhyped).
But fall can also be hella stressful — everyone's heading back to school, launching badass new projects or ramping up to finish old ones before the holidays. It's hectic and frenetic and overwhelming — and there aren't any more Summer Fridays or rooftop pool parties to keep your stress levels in check.
So in the spirit of helping all of us find a little more zen, we’re rounding up our favorite meditation studios and apps in the New York, DC, and Boston areas. All of these studios give you the chance to take a beat, take a breath, and put all that hustle and bustle into perspective.
MNDFL in NYC
If you’re in Greenwich Village, stop by MNDFL a meditation studio that’s bringing the contemplative practice to stressed-out city dwellers. Book your pillow and stop by for a guided, nondenominational session that will have you feeling all kinds of good vibes.
As co-founder Ellie Burrows explains, “NYC is such a chaotic city. We want to provide a dedicated space for people to sit quietly that’s not their home or office, so that they can reset and reflect.”
Tara Brach in DC
At sessions with Tara Brach, expect an uplifting blend of Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices with a special focus on mindful and compassionate engagement. And you best believe she knows her stuff -- after college, she lived for ten years in an ashram where she taught both yoga and concentrative meditation.
There’s also something for everyone -- from weekly meditation classes to weekend retreats. No matter what kind of practice you’re looking for, Tara’s got your back.
Swet Studio in Boston
At Swet Studio in Boston, their “Meditation in a Hammock” class consists of 10 minutes of gentle stretching followed by 40 minutes of meditation or napping, complete with blankets, and is designed to reinvigorate the mind and the body.
Whether you’re looking for a post-workout recovery or as a well-deserved break from the city grind, this class will leave you revived and energized.
Hit the Apps
Can’t make it into a studio but still wanna meditate like you mean it? There are a TON of apps to help guide your meditative practice. Peep crowd-faves like Calm or Headspace to de-stress and feel ah-mazing. Some of them even have meditations you can do while you're exercising — on a run or even just a walk — to help you double up your stress-relieving efforts.