There are two experiences I always finish and say â€œI really need to do this more!â€ â€¦that I can write about here.
One is yoga, and the other is meditation.
There are so many gorgeous places to meditate in NYC these days. You donâ€™t *need* that to meditate, but, it doesnâ€™t hurt!
My coworker Mallory and I checked out Inscape, which recently opened in my â€˜hood, Flatiron. The space is expansive and peaceful, and once I walked in, I never wanted to leave again. (Random trivia: it was opened by the founder of the store Intermix.)
The really cool thing about Inscape is that they have a space anyoneÂ can use for free to meditate or just sit and escape from their busy day. (Hello, Inscape, we may be seeing a lot of each other.) If youâ€™re not in NYC, they also have an app you can download.Â
The â€œguidedâ€ sessions they offer include both a seated one and a laying-down one. I say â€œguidedâ€ because there is a â€œfacilitatorâ€ in the room, but youâ€™re listening to a recording. I wasnâ€™t sure how I felt about that when I walked in, but with the combination of the space + recording, it worked.
We took their Focus 33 class? session?, which is meant to â€œtrain your brain to concentrate past the noise into deep calm.â€ It started with a few minutes of mindful movement (gentle twists and stretches), before a guided meditation followed by several minutes of completely silent meditation.
Like, by silent, I mean Mallory and I were about 5-6 feet away from each other and could hear each otherâ€™s stomachs gurgling from the smoothies weâ€™d just finished.
When the session was over, we looked at each other and simultaneously said â€œcan we just nap in here?”
They also have visualization, mantra, mindfulness and â€œdeep soundâ€ style meditations. The concept of â€œsound bathâ€Â is definitely becoming more popular, and itâ€™s something Iâ€™d love to try.
The 33 minute sessions are $18, which feels worth it to me, at least in this crazy NYC fitness market Iâ€™m used to.Â
This was such a great way to start the day â€” althoughâ€¦when I tried Mndfl (may I buy a vowel?!), I found it an amazing way to unwind from my day. OK, fine, thereâ€™s no badÂ time to meditate, except maybe when youâ€™re a little over caffeinated.
10/10, would zen again.
What helps you really get into a meditation/meditativeÂ state?Â (Decorating Christmas trees is an acceptable answer.)