Waiting to Exhale
Finally learn to meditate with some local classes
When you?re feeling tense, you get a massage. A little bloated? You embark on a quick juice cleanse. What about when you nearly sucker punch the dude breathing down your neck on the 6 train? Maybe it?s finally time to give meditation a try.
Here are a few ways to help you clear your mind and refocus your energy.
Hit up a beginners? workshop If you?re a little unsure of exactly how to start (no, you don?t just sit there and make a mental grocery list), then head to a newbies? class, where a trained instructor shows you the basic techniques. The Tibet House offers introductory sessions every other Tuesday evening ($10 suggested donation; W. 15th St. and Fifth Ave.), as does the Shambhala Meditation Center every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon ($10 suggested donation; W. 22nd St. and Sixth Ave.).
Pencil in regular times to zone out Once you?re comfortable with your non-thoughts, make meditation a part of your weekly schedule. Kadampa Meditation Center hosts lunchtime sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays ($4; W. 24th St. and Sixth Ave.). Or if you prefer to go after work, consider I Meditate NY?s Monday- and Friday-evening sittings (free; Fifth Ave. and E. 30th St.). Both have a leader who guides your breathing and keeps your mind from wandering.